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SLWAP reviews 2012 successes, discusses green practices for 2013

During the SLWAP annual meeting Dec. 11, a panel of farmers discussed ‘green’ Best Management Practices. From left, Brad Cates, Eric Brayman, Jim Greenfield and Erin Hull discussed soil management, cover crops and pest management.

During the SLWAP annual meeting Dec. 11, a panel of farmers discussed ‘green’ Best Management Practices. From left, Brad Cates, Eric Brayman, Jim Greenfield and Erin Hull discussed soil management, cover crops and pest management. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— Also at the meeting, special recognition was given to two long-serving individuals in the agriculture community who retired recently: Lee Macbeth of the City of Syracuse Water Department and Ron Podolak of the Cayuga County Soil & Water Conservation District.

After a hot buffet of local foods served by Vernak Farms, Charlie Coynes of NYS Ag & Markets presented “What you need to know about crop insurance.”

For more information on the SLWAP or what was discussed at the annual meeting, contact Program Manager Mark Burger at 457-0325 or email mburger@ocswcd.org, or visit the new office location at 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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