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September 28, 2011

Forage exchange to help farmers hit by flood

ITHACA, NY — A new online forage exchange created by Cornell Cooperative Extension is now available to ensure that flooded New York farms will not run out of feed for their livestock.
Hurricane Irene devastated many New York farms, damaged others and left still other farms relatively untouched. Many flood damaged farms are in desperate need of feed and forage. The Forage Exchange provides an online venue for farmers who have available feed and forage to post that information, and for farmers in need to locate feed and forage. All transactions (including making arrangements for transportation) will take place between the farmers themselves.

The Forage Exchange can be found at ccetest-lamp.cit.cornell.edu/forage/. Additional resources for farms damaged by the flooding are available at www.cce.cornell.edu. Cooperative Extension educators and Farm Bureau staff across the state will be available to assist farmers in using the exchange. In Sullivan County, visit www.sullivancce.org/or call 845/292-6180.

Recommendations made for TAG

NARROWSBURG, NY — At a special meeting of the Project Review Committee of the Upper Delaware Council on September 13, seven Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) awards were determined to be recommended to the full council at its meeting on October 6.
The awards are to the Town of Deerpark, to update and codify town zoning ordinance, $4,500; to Sullivan County, to develop a website for hiking trails, $2,100; to the Town of Lumberland, to produce a Lumberland Cemeteries brochure, $1,200; to Pike County, to launch a public education campaign related to natural gas exploration in Pike County, $1,000; to the Town of Highland, to develop an early warning system and enhanced communications system for use during emergencies, $1,500; to the Town of Highland, to review and update the town zoning ordinance, $1,400; and to Shohola Township, to expand the township website, add an emergency management component and develop a website informational brochure, $2,700. An application had been brought in for the Town of Tusten on September 8, for its zoning rewrite, but was not considered, as it came in past the deadline of September 2.

A total of $16,700 was budgeted, leaving a balance of $2,300. It has not yet been decided what to do with that balance.