MALONE — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County is offering a chainsaw safety course on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Burke Farm Supply on County Route 23 (Burke County Road) in Burke. The course is free and open to the public.The course will provide an overview of chainsaw safety and injury prevention, including proper clothing and equipment, saw selection and preparation, starting and operating techniques, falling, limbing and transport and storage of a chain saw.Whether buying or intending to operate a chainsaw for the first time, or looking for a refresher course addressing how to safely and effectively operate a chainsaw, this half-day course, instructed by Mike Patenaude, product applications specialist with Northeast Stihl, a division of Stihl Inc., is designed to help.Individuals completing the course will be issued a certificate verifying attendance and completion. Certification is necessary for anyone wishing to use a chainsaw while maintaining or creating public-use snowmobile trails.For more information or to register, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County at 483-7403. Class size is limited.
MALONE — Jennifer Bosley, executive director for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Franklin County, has announced that FSA has extended the sign-up deadline for the 2007 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) to Aug. 3, 2007.While the sign-up deadline is extended, the cut-off for participation remains Sept. 30, 2007. Those producers failing to sign up by Aug. 3, 2007, but before Sept. 30, will pay a late-file fee of $100 per farm to enroll.Enrollment in DCP for the 2007 contract period began Oct. 1, 2006, and was scheduled to end on June 1, 2007. The extension applies only to the enrollment period, and does not extend the DCP contract period.DCP provides payments to eligible producers on farms enrolled for the 2002 through 2007 crop years. There are two types of DCP payments: direct payments and counter-cyclical payments. Both are computed using the base acres and payment yields established for the farm. The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 authorizes DCP, which is administered by FSA.
ALBANY — Egg production on New York farms totaled 92 million eggs in Feb. 2007, up 11 percent from last year, according to Stephen Ropel, director of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Office.The number of hens and pullets of laying age, at 4.24 million, increased 11 percent from February 2006 and the rate of lay increased slightly to 21.72 eggs per layer.A dozen eggs brought New York poultry farmers an average of 63.5 cents for eggs sold in February, down 17.5 cents from January but up 35.5 cents from February 2006.U.S. egg production totaled 6.91 billion during February 2007, down 1 percent from last year. Production included 5.92 billion table eggs and 998 million hatching eggs, of which 937 million were broiler-type and 61 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during Feb. 2007 averaged 347 million, down 1 percent from last year. February egg production per 100 layers was 1,992 eggs, down slightly from February 2006.Egg-type chicks hatched during Feb. 2007 totaled 36.8 million, up 9 percent from Feb. 2006. Eggs in incubators totaled 38.5 million on March 1, up 5 percent from a year ago.