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Brush up on your farming knowledge, experiment with paddock management and plan for the coming growing season this winter. At the annual Catskill Regional Dairy, Livestock & Grazing Conference, hosted by the Watershed Agricultural Council and CCE-Delaware at SUNY-Delhi on January 12, you can discover new ways of doing old things, new ways to do new things, or just meet up with friends, mentors and networking buddies to share winter tales of life on the farm. Enjoy the day of education and a local foods lunch, all for just $25. Review the track offerings, download the registration form, register by January 6. Like us on Facebook View our profile on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter View our photos on flickr 

bustourConnecting Students to Their Watershed

The Watershed Agricultural Council's Forestry Program offers grants up to $3,000 to groups organizing and implementing watershed and forestry-related field trips to the NYC water supply watersheds. These grants are open to any organization, community group, 4-12th grade classroom, or other entity within New York City or the upstate regions of the Catskill/Delaware and Croton watersheds. In 2011, 14 schools and community organizations planned and explored the watersheds through bus tours. Some organizations made solo trips, like the teens at Rocking the Boat and their visit to the Ashokan Center last January. Other groups introduced their community to another; 4th graders at Stamford Central School partnered with PS 33 to connect upstate and downstate students around a watershed-based theme - clean drinking water and how it gets from one place to another. Teachers are encouraged to download the online application due January 15, 2012. Funding for the bus tour program is provided by DEP and U.S. Forest Service. If you are a teacher interested in planning a visit to the New York City watershed region to learn how New York City water quality is influenced by the working landscapes miles away, visit the Watershed Forestry Bus Tour web page or contact Jessica Olenych of Common Ground Educational Consulting at (845) 586-1600).

interestOf Interest 
Article: Organic Christmas Trees Dodge These 25 Pesticides
Website: FarmPlate.com
Flood Assistance: CCE Forage Exchange

December 16, 2011

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January 5-6

NYS Agricultural Society Annual Meeting & Conference



January 12

Catskill Regional Dairy, Livestock & Grazing Conference



January 20-22

NOFA-NY Winter Conference

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January 27-28

Winter Grass-fed Green-Up Conference





We can provide a speaker to present on topics related to agriculture, forestry, conservation easements, water quality, farm to market, communications and the Council's community impact. To learn more, contact Tara Collins at (607) 865-7090, ext. 226.



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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.