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Grants can aid in produce operations

2019-05-20T08:34:25-05:00May 20, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Applying to grants early can make the difference between obtaining funding and not. Elizabeth Higgins, Extension specialist Ag Business Management, spoke about upcoming grants in a recent webinar hosted by Cornell. Higgins works for the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Hudson Valley Research Lab in Highland, NY. (more…)

ADA accessibility extends to farm websites

2019-05-20T08:10:49-05:00May 20, 2019|New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

The doorways at your farm market are wide enough. You have ramps at entrances and designated parking spaces and restroom stalls. You think you’re completely accessible. But you could find yourself sued for lack of accessibility if your website isn’t compatible with software that reads text for those who are visually impaired. (more…)

Family farm seeks to educate on ag

2019-05-14T10:56:18-05:00May 14, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Showing animals formed the beginning of Rugenstein Family Farm in Canandaigua, NY. Owned by Mike Pyra and his wife, Amy, the farm owns 21 beef cows and 6 pigs. Since the Pyras own just 2 acres, they house only the pigs and keep the cow herd at Amy’s parents’ home four miles away, where they have 15 acres designated for livestock. They also raise 75 acres of hay for the beef herd and to sell. (more…)

Economic outlook for ag

2019-05-17T15:56:42-05:00May 13, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

CLYDE, NY — It’s easy to get nearsighted with the activities on one’s own farm and lose touch with industry trends. That’s why David M. Kohl, Ph.D., professor emeritus, Agricultural and Applied Economics College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, presented “Economic Radar Screen 2019-2020” at a recent open house at A.N. Martin Systems, LLC. (more…)

Sustainable farm fulfills couple’s lifelong dream

2019-05-06T13:19:35-05:00May 6, 2019|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Fire Creek Farms in Livonia, NY is, in many ways, a dream come true to its owners. Farming has always been important to Jakob Stevens and his fiancé, Kyli Knickerbocker. Both grew up farming and realized while initially dating that they wanted to start their own farm together. The couple launched their operation in 2016 with 10 pigs. (more…)

Meat and Greet: Good for ag promotion

2019-05-06T13:11:07-05:00May 6, 2019|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

GENEVA, NY — A growing number of people want to know who raises their food and how. To help put a face on a farm and promote local foods and beverages, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County hosted Farmer and Chef Fair: Cut, Prep, Pair, a “Meat and Greet” event recently, which involved 10 area producers and local restaurant chefs. (more…)

Farm finances matter

2019-04-16T09:38:42-05:00April 16, 2019|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

People farm for many reasons, from continuing their family’s heritage to caring for the land to doing what they love best. But ultimately, they need to make money at it, especially if they don’t work off the farm. Frank Wardynski, Michigan State University Extension educator, presented “Novice Farm Financial Management: the Next Level” as a recent webinar to help farmers better understand how their money management affects their ability to continue to farm. (more…)

Farmers should care for mental health

2019-04-16T10:11:55-05:00April 15, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Many farmers and ranchers are so busy trying to get their operations producing and profitable that they give little thought to physical health; however, mental health also deserves attention. Michigan State University recently offered a webinar on the topic, presented by Andrea Bjornestad, assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at South Dakota State University and Courtney Cuthbertson, community behavioral health specialist at Michigan State University Extension. (more…)

Find the perfect small farm tractor

2019-03-26T10:52:59-05:00March 26, 2019|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Investing in a tractor represents a big part of any small farm’s budget. The selection can affect the farm’s efficiency and profitability. Especially if it’s a used tractor — which many farms may choose to keep costs down — the right tractor can really make a difference in the farm’s viability. No farm of any size and longevity needs big tractor repair bills. That’s why Jason Hartschuh, an agriculture extension educator with Ohio State, presented “How to Buy the Right Tractor for Your Small Farm” at the recent New York Farm Show. (more…)