Conservation professionals increase knowledge to support client needs

2019-12-09T11:42:48-05:00December 9, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

CORTLAND NY — As the autumnal equinox is ushered in, so too is the annual conservation skills training regime for conservation professional partners. Whether environmental stewardship is agriculture, rural, municipal or urban related, the folks on the front line of service seek ongoing training to help clients reach their water quality goals throughout the state. (more…)

Suydam builds a retail market

2019-12-06T10:59:47-05:00December 6, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Richard Skelly

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – No one is more aware of the value of suburban real estate than Ryck Suydam. A 13th generation farmer of Dutch descent, he is president of the New Jersey Farm Bureau. Suydam’s family has been farming in the New Brunswick area since 1713. (more…)

Smith’s Stock Farm Inc. – Going robotic

2019-12-06T10:52:13-05:00December 6, 2019|Western Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

No signage directs you to Smith’s Stock Farms Inc., in Hornell, NY, where 11 DeLaval robotic milking systems (RMS) have recently been installed.

The farm, about 2,100 acres, was originally established in 1832 on 52 acres. Brothers Lowell and Dale Smith are current owners at the farm. Lowell’s son Aaron, along with Andrew Smith and Chris Passero, are slated as being future owners of the Steuben County dairy. (more…)

River Ridge Angus: Marketing for success

2019-11-11T12:36:46-05:00November 11, 2019|Western Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“My husband and I are both full-time farmers on separate operations,” Leslie (Hamilton) Stein of Piffard, NY, said.

Married just over a year ago to Dan, Leslie works on her family’s farm, Triple H Farms in Geneseo, NY, while Dan works on his family’s farm, Stein Farms in Caledonia. Together on their own farm, River Ridge Angus, the couple works like a tag team. (more…)

Northland Sheep Dairy

2019-11-11T12:14:55-05:00November 11, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Enrico Villamaino

Years ago, a nine-year-old girl went on a family trip to Ireland. Little did she know the profound effect it would have on her life.

“It was on that trip, in the heart of Ireland, that I first saw a cow being milked,” said Maryrose Livingston. “The only word I can use to describe how that made me feel was enchanted.” (more…)

CCE hosts 7th annual Family Farm Day

2019-11-11T11:35:37-05:00November 11, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Rachael Takacs

This August, Cornell Cooperative Extension hosted its seventh annual Family Farm Day, an agritourism event consisting of a series of open houses at working farms within Schoharie, Otsego and Delaware counties. The farms provided a wide array of products and local foods for visitors to purchase and enjoy. Guests also had the opportunity to learn how these items were made or harvested and part of what being a farmer is like. (more…)

Youths represent Saratoga Dairy at international competitions

2019-11-11T11:20:28-05:00November 11, 2019|Eastern Edition|

BALLSTON SPA, NY – Dairy farming is the leading agricultural industry in Saratoga County. Saratoga County 4-H offers a variety of clubs, events, and programs that support youth who want to be involved in the dairy community. This year has been especially fruitful for Saratoga County 4-H youth; we are proud to announce that two of our own will be competing at national and international levels for Dairy Cattle Judging Contests. (more…)

FFA-er represents family farm at NYS Fair

2019-10-18T15:56:58-05:00October 18, 2019|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

SYRACUSE, NY — Showing his cows at the New York State Fair recently offered 16-year-old Vince Pascarella a chance to represent the best of Pascaralla Family Farm. A senior at Cattaraugus-Little Valley High School this year, it’s obvious that Pascarella enjoys the experience. Each time he entered the ring, he alternated between expressions of concentration and excitement. (more…)

Starting over

2019-10-18T14:21:54-05:00October 18, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Sally Colby

A Little Falls, NY, dairy farm in is typical of many, with hard-working families passing the farm from one generation to the next. Monica Aney said her husband Donald has been operating the farm started by his grandfather and continued by his father for 50 years, and Monica joined him on the farm 30 years ago. (more…)