with a summer mouse problem. And, from other reports we have received so far this fall, we are actually fairly lucky that we have not encountered more of the little beasts. Of course, we suspect that once the little dears read this column, they will be right over to correct an obvious error on their part.
We were interested to learn, via our various e-mail contacts, that for the arrival of emergency events, like hurricane Sandy, there is in the state of New York, an emergency alert system for farmers. Quite frankly, we had never heard of such a system but do think it makes sense.
The email we received read in part: “The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is at a Level 1 Activation and the Department of Agriculture & Markets is staffing its desk 24/7. We will also have our Animal Protection Functional Branch (ESF) up and running until the activation is reduced. Some of the information exchange throughout the event will take place
through the Cornell Cooperative Extension EDEN.” And while we assume that all farmers in New York are well aware of this system, we were not. Nonetheless, we are glad that someone is responsible for making certain that those responsible for providing food have such help available in times of emergency.
We also received, via email this past week, the transcript of a comment made by a local official at the recent hearing held by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Oneonta on the topic of the Constitution Pipeline. And while we support completely the right of anyone to make a comment expressing his or her opinion at such a meeting, we were somewhat taken aback by the tone of this person’s closing statement which read:
“The one thing I bring for FERC to take away from this meeting is that if they do not accede to the will of residents of New York state to reject this pipeline, then just as happened with the New York State DEC DSGEIS hearings on fracking, these FERC hearings are not the end but just the beginning.”