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First annual Conservation Day on the Farm arrives Aug. 18

— The first annual Conservation Day on the Farm sponsored by the Onondaga County Soil & Water Conservation District will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, at Rohe Farm on 4207 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. The public is invited to attend.

Host farm owners, Steve and Trish Rohe are third generation family farmers. Rohe Farm operated as a Holstein dairy farm for many years until recently transitioning from dairy to beef with cash crops. Water quality improvement projects funded by federal and state agencies with landowner contributions will be showcased on the farm.

These best management projects are part of New York State’s efforts to implement its Agricultural Environmental Management program to enhance and protect New York State today and for the future.

In keeping with the ‘green’ theme, “local foods” will be available for purchase at a modest price.

Other highlights for the day include:

—Onondaga County Dairy Princess, Meghan Rohe will serve up free local ice cream;

—Members of the Tully Chapter of Future Farmers of America will participate as servers and event staff;

—Conservation Farm of the Year award presentation and speeches;

—Al Sweetland Memorial scholarship presentation.

For more information, contact the Onondaga County Soil & Water Conservation District at their new office located at the ‘Sainte Marie among the Iroquois’ County Parks museum building on 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool or call 457-0325, or visit our website at ocswcd.org.

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