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CCE associations to hire agriculture specialists

PLATTSBURGH - Applying the strength in numbers approach, four Cornell Cooperative Extension associations in Northern New York are soliciting interest in two new regional agriculture specialist positions. One position will work with dairy farmers, the other with crop growers in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and St. Lawrence counties.

"By combining resources we can offer an attractive package that will bring us highly qualified individuals with not only strong educational background but with practical field experience that will allow them to be of immediate benefit to North Country dairy operators and crop producers," said Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County Executive Director Anita Deming.

The regional specialists will work with a volunteer advisory committee of farmers and representatives of agribusiness, WH Miner Agricultural Research Institute, the Cornell University EV Baker Agricultural Research Farm at Willsboro, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm, and the Cornell PRO-DAIRY and Nutrient Management Spear programs.

Plattsburgh area dairyman Todd Giroux said, "Our goal with the regional specialists positions is to bring the best opportunity for practical application of the latest agricultural knowledge to our North Country farmers."

"The Northern New York dairy and crops specialists will work in collaboration with regional veterinarians, nutritionists and other agri-professionals to bring new initiatives and new efficiencies of production to our farmers," said Dr. George Palmer of Palmer Veterinary Clinic, Plattsburgh.

The Northern New York regional positions are modeled after similar outreach in Western New York. Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team Dairy Specialist Jerry Bertoldo said, "Taking a regional approach to Extension cost-effectively maximizes program impact by replicating information delivery throughout the region with the flexibility to address county-by-county needs."

Details for the Northern New York Dairy Specialist and Northern New York Crops Specialist positions are online respectively at http://cce.cornell.edu.

Those interested in serving on the advisory committee may contact Deming at 962-4810 for more details.

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