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Cows in Time Square

No, not like this:

Like this:

Dryden Dairy Day is once again offering the opportunity for the community to show it’s support of dairy farming and agriculture by decorating a cow.  Dryden Dairy Day will be held in Mongtomery Park on June 9th, and the beautiful bovines will be on display in Time Square and around town during the week leading up to the event.  
           
If you are one of the lucky owners of a cow from past years, touch her up and put her on display starting June 1.  Let the theme, “Dairy Around The World” guide your creative energy!  New cows will be available for $20.  A limited number (first come, first served) can be picked up at Back To Basics after May 1.  You can contact Kim Schenck, 844-4143, 423-9694, schenckk@gjrmail.com to reserve a cow.  
 
Limited space will be available in Time Square.  If you would like to display your cow at this location, drop her off on June 1 between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.  Members of the committee will be on hand to help set her up so she looks her best.  You may also display your cow at a location of your choice around town.  Please pick up or take down your cow, at the location of the display, on June 11.  Cows displayed on private property may remain up at the discretion of the owner.
 
These beautiful bovines are a great way to increase visibility for your group, organization or business. The Dairy Day committee requests that all cows are decorated in a style to support the theme of the event, and/or portrays a positive image of agriculture.

Spilled milk

Since Richard Hanna is a member of the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus, he might find this column by the well-known economist Thomas Sowell, er, interesting (via Weasel Zippers):

Despite the old saying, "Don't cry over spilled milk," the Environmental Protection Agency is doing just that.

We all understand why the EPA was given the power to issue regulations to guard against oil spills, such as that of the Exxon Valdez in Alaska or the more recent BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But not everyone understands that any power given to any bureaucracy for any purpose can be stretched far beyond that purpose.

In a classic example of this process, the EPA has decided that, since milk contains oil, it has the authority to force farmers to comply with new regulations to file "emergency management" plans to show how they will cope with spilled milk, how farmers will train "first responders" and build "containment facilities" if there is a flood of spilled milk.

Since there is no free lunch, all of this is going to cost the farmers both money and time that could be going into farming-- and is likely to end up costing consumers higher prices for farm products.

Read the whole thing.  Micromanagement, anyone?

Dairy Workshop in Dryden

From the CNY Farms Blog at the Post Standard:

The state Department of Agriculture and Markets is offering workshops in six locations that can help dairy farmers maintain their income while minimizing risk during times of volatile milk prices.

The workshops, titled “Managing the Margin,” will teach producers effective risk management strategies they can use to control price risks and improve their bottom line.

The Dryden session is Jan. 7, Dryden VFW, Route 13, Dryden, RSVP to Janice Degni (607) 753-5215 or jgd3@cornell.edu.

Check the original post for more details and other workshop locations.

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