EABEAB, 'PILLARS & MOTHS...OH MY! If the pending arrival of Emerald Ash Borer has you wondering how to protect your woodlands, attend this free seminar "Threats to Our Forest: Defoliators and Worse" on March 17. The program will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Okun Theater, Farrell Student and Community Center, SUNY Delhi. Speakers include Joshua VanBrakle, Wood Products Specialist at WAC, and J. Rebecca Hargrave, Natural Resources Educator with CCE Chenango County. Moderating the discussion will be Jack Tessier, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, SUNY Delhi. They will discuss life cycles, detection and means of combating defoliators such as gypsy moth and forest tent caterpillars, as well as destructive pests like the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), which has the potential to decimate the ash tree population in the Catskills. Sponsored by the Catskill Institute for the Environment with support from NYC Environmental Protection, this seminar is part of an ongoing series of lectures and panel discussions titled "20/20 Vision for the Catskills." The series is intended to cast a spotlight on issues facing the region today that will impact Catskill people, waters and lands in 2020. CIE member organizations include WAC, CWC, regional colleges and other environmental organizations.


Need inspiration (or just the right introduction to the right person to get your product to market)? Register now through March 22 for the third annual regional conference for producers-buyers-growers. Workshops address:

  • increasing sales success at farmers' markets,
  • production of local grain and flour,
  • connecting with community groups through buying clubs,
  • whole-carcass marketing of local meat and
  • recent policy developments related to regional food infrastructure.

Cost is $25. Find full conference details at purecatskills.com.

Into the Watershed - Intro (Part 1 of 5)VideoVIDEO: This 3-minute video from the USDA Watershed Learning Center, Into the Watershed, is the first in a five-part animated series on what affects water quality and watershed conditions.


REPORT: NYC DEP Strategic Plan 2011-2014

GRANT: USDA NRCS Environmental Quality
Incentives Program (EQIP)
 due March 4

ORDER: DCSWCD Tree & Shrub Sale due 3/18

1-855-2NOFANY: Free technical assistance hotline for farmers

GET INVOLVED: State to Help Dairy Farmers Manage Market Volatility

ARTICLE: How Frequently Should Stalls Be Refreshed With New Bedding? (Progressive Dairyman)

RESOURCE: A Guide to Small Scale Food and Yard Waste Composting (CWMI)

LANDOWNER GRANT: Funding for Farmers Lookins to Improve Water Qulity Withing the NYC Watershed (USDA NRCS)





























APPLY USDA NRCS Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) March 14-April 14

NEWSLETTER: Cornell Waste Management Institute Update

















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March 4
March 9
Watershed Agricultural Program Contractors' Meeting
March 17
Threats to Our Forests: Defoliators and Worse
March 27
March 24
March 30
April 4-7
Watershed Agricultural Program Farmer Update Meetings
Various locations 
Watershed Wednesday
at 1 p.m. Live streaming audio of WIOX 91.3FM. This month's guests include:
3/2 Farm Chatter with Denise Warren and Linda Smith of Sherman Hill Farm -- "Got Your Goat"
3/9 Natalie Wightman, Wightman Specialty Products
3/16 Egon Cording
, EC Woodworkig
3/23 Caroline Foote, Maple Hill Farm

NYCWatershed.org  The Council's web site
BuyPureCatskills.com  The regional "Buy Local" food-based campaign known for "Good Food. Clean Water."
CatskillWoodNet.org  The Pure Catskills brand for wood-based products
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The Watershed Agricultural Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the economic viability of agriculture and forestry through the protection of water quality and the promotion of land conservation in the New York City Watershed region. The WAC is funded by The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service and other federal, foundation and private sources. The WAC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.