SUNY Cobleskill, Cornell Cooperative Extension Host Ag Day 2012

March 14, 2012

SUNY Cobleskill and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie County host Ag Day 2012 on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., in Curtis Mott. SUNY Cobleskill faculty and Cornell Cooperative Extension educators will present informational workshops with a focus on livestock and field crops for aspiring, new and experienced farm producers and land owners.


Admission is $5 per person for the morning sessions and includes refreshments, workshop materials, and Youth Activity Center. A special three-hour afternoon session is free. Pizza by the slice will be available for purchase for lunch, with proceeds benefiting SUNY Cobleskill’s Pre-Vet Club. Space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 518-234-4303/518-296-8310 or visit


Workshop topics include soil fertility, hops production, multi-species grazing, cross breeding of cattle, and a comprehensive look at conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) as a healthy fatty acid in meats. New to this year’s schedule is the Youth Activity Center providing hands-on poultry education from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., led by Eileen McGuire, 4H Youth Development Program Leader, and Leslie Rigley, 4H Community Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension.


The afternoon session, CLA Education, is part of a series of SUNY Cobleskill educational workshops for small scale livestock producers and supported by a grant from the New York Farm Viability Institute. The comprehensive workshop will be presented by Erik Shelley and Clint Layne, manager and program coordinator, respectively, of SUNY Cobleskill’s Meat Processing Laboratory, and Dr. Cindi Shelley, SUNY Cobleskill professor of animal science. The featured guest speaker is Dr. John Comerford, associate professor of dairy and animal science at Penn State University. They will address CLA and how animal feeding impacts the levels found in meat. 

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