Tony the Longhorn and Itch get new shoes

2019-07-19T16:22:19-05:00July 19, 2019|New England Farm Weekly|

by Laura Rodley

Shades of our American cowboy heritage were present recently when Tony the Longhorn steer was present at the Draft Animal Day in Woodstock, VT. From the size of his two-foot-long horns, and his 1,500-plus-pound bulk, it is easier to get an appreciation of the cowboys’ bravery, herding hundreds with bullwhips, faithful brave horses, little sleep and the promise of a fat paycheck. Unlike the cattle being driven to market for beef, this steer is 15 years old, and has been owned by Jim Palmer of Silver Ledge Farm in Gorham, Maine for most of those 15 years. (more…)

Tiny seeds, big weed problems

2019-07-16T12:23:47-05:00July 16, 2019|Uncategorized|

by Sally Colby

Farmers are adopting a new twist on no-till – they’re planting green. The concept involves planting a cash crop into a cover crop prior to spraying or rolling the cover crop down, resulting in an overlap of the life cycles of two crops. The system begins in autumn with a carefully planned cover crop, so now is the time to begin planning for planting green. (more…)

Preparing for drought

2019-07-16T12:16:02-05:00July 16, 2019|Mid Atlantic|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

How can your farm better manage drought years? By improving soil health. A recent eOrganics webinar, “Preparing for Drought: The Role of Soil Health in Water Management in Organic Production,” addressed the topic. (more…)

Richlands betting big on its creamery

2019-07-16T12:12:13-05:00July 16, 2019|Mid Atlantic|

by Enrico Villamaino

By American standards, Virginia is pretty old. Its nickname, the Old Dominion State, was earned by the loyalty Virginia showed to the Royalist cause during the English Civil War. Virginia has a lot of history in it, some of which goes back to before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. That history includes Richlands Farm. (more…)

Youth turn out for Dairy Day

2019-07-16T12:13:27-05:00July 16, 2019|Mid Atlantic|

by Sally Colby

For most kids, school is out and summer vacation has begun – but that didn’t stop an enthusiastic group of young people from signing up and attending Youth Dairy Day in Shippensburg, PA (one of three sessions held throughout the state). The event provided an opportunity for youth ages 5 – 18 to learn more about the dairy industry through a series of demonstrations and hands-on sessions. While many of the youth were from dairy families, some were just starting to participate in dairy projects and others had no prior dairy experience. (more…)

Dairy royalty crowned in Erie County

2019-07-12T15:41:52-05:00July 12, 2019|Western Edition|

Dairy Princess and her court to promote milk and dairy products

by Lisa Kempisty, member of the Erie County Dairy Promotion Committee

SPRINGVILLE, NY — In celebration of June Dairy Month, the 2018-2019 Erie County Dairy Princess, Kristen Brown crowned the new 2019-2020 Erie County Dairy Princess and her Court at the Springville Agriculture/Dairy Festival held on June 8 in Springville, NY. (more…)

NYS sexual harassment prevention training requirements

2019-07-12T15:33:46-05:00July 12, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Since April of 2018, lawmakers have aimed new legislation at combatting sexual harassment in the New York’s workplaces. More of its tenets go into effect in just a few months. Michael Paglialonga, deputy counsel with the New York State Department of Labor, addressed what this means for employers in a recent webinar hosted by the Department of Labor. (more…)

Making changes at Fouts Dairy

2019-07-19T12:08:41-05:00June 28, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“Sometimes to get where you need to go, it’s best to take the road less traveled,” remarked third generation dairyman Paul Fouts.

Fouts should know. As a dairy advocate he has traveled roads far and wide representing the dairy industry in New York and lobbying with NY Farm Bureau to benefit dairy farmers and all of the Ag industry. (more…)