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Call the Dogs Off the Lions

By Paul Hetzler / April 6, 2018

Be nice to dandelions, “the official remedy for everything.” April showers bring May flowers, but not all posies are a welcome sight. Although it is quite possible they arrived on the Mayflower, dandelions do not get the esteem they deserve as plucky immigrants that put down firm roots in a new land, vitamin-packed culinary delights,…

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Low-Cost Fence Designs to Limit Deer Impacts in Woodlands and Sugarbushes

By Peter Smallidge / January 8, 2018

The  white-tailed  deer  (Odocoileus  virginianus)  can  significantly  influence  the  diversity,  longevity  and  sustainability  of  rural  woodlands,  forests  and  maple  syrup  sugarbushes.  As  selective  browsers,  deer  will  eat  some  plants  more  readily  than  they  eat  other  plants.  Many  of  the  tree  species  deer  prefer  to  consume  are  valued  by  owners  as  sources  of  timber,  maple  syrup, …

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Black Locust: A Tree with Many Uses

By Steve Gabriel / January 8, 2018

In early October this past year, a devoted group of foresters, farmers, extension educations, students, and others gathered at the USDA Plant Materials Center in Big Flats, NY to discuss a common, yet underappreciated tree that has great potential for farms across the Northeast: Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia). This tree, which has often been given…

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Working with Little Reverse Osmosis Units for Syrup Production

By Stephen Childs / October 2, 2017

One of the biggest drawbacks of making maple syrup for a back yarder or small maple producer is the time it takes to boil the sap into syrup.  The idea of using a small reverse osmosis unit to assist with the syrup making is very interesting to many small maple producers.  There are many little…

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Agroforestry in Practice: a 3-day training for Service Providers

By Steve Gabriel / September 27, 2017

Agroforestry in Practice: 3-day training for Service Providers October 17, 18, and 19, 2017 Montour Falls, NY at the Schuyler County Cooperative Extension Agroforestry is the science and art of combining trees and forests with crop production. It is a topic of great interest to many landowners and farmers and offers many promising enterprises including…

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CCE Chenango Begins Work on Statewide Value Added Forest Products Initiative

By Tara Hammonds / April 3, 2017

Farmers and woodland owners have opportunities to generate income from their woodlands. by Rich Taber CCE Chenango has received a grant from the New York Farm Viability Institute “Increased Farm Viability and Diversification through Value Added Forest Products”.  The impetus for this project was due to the fact that 66% of New York Farms (23,576)…

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Maintaining a Healthy Sugarbush

By Tara Hammonds / April 3, 2017

by Peter Smallidge A sugarbush is a special type of woodland.  Woodlands include a complex mixture of natural processes and attributes such as soil type, elevation, tree species, types of wildlife, history of use, tree age and more.  Foresters can help maple producers gain an in-depth understanding of these factors to achieve a healthy and…

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Hazelnut Trees Are Easy!

By Claire Cekander / October 3, 2016

Native hybrid hazelnuts provide a crop that is consistently in short supply, well known by consumers, and nearly grow themselves.  by Dawn and Jeff Zarnowski Tasty and healthy hazelnuts are used in many food products desired by consumers and are chronically in short supply.  Almost all hazelnuts consumed in North America are sourced from either Oregon…

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Forest Succession and Management

By Tara Hammonds / April 4, 2016

by Peter Smallidge The succession of plant communities is a process that has drawn attention from woodlot owners, ecologists and foresters for decades.  Succession deals with communities or groupings of various plant species in the same vicinity.  Succession was one of the earliest ecological processes studied.  The simple definition is the predictably and orderly progression…

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7th Annual Agroforestry Symposium

By Carli Fraccarolli / January 22, 2016

The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri presents: The Future of Pollinators: Why Agroforestry Matters January 28, 2016 | 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Bond Life Sciences Building – University of Missouri Unable to attend in person? Join us through live streaming: Symposium Schedule 8:00 a.m. Coffee and Registration 8:30 a.m. Introduction Dr.…

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