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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…)

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…)

DIPA visits explained

2019-06-24T16:01:11-05:00June 24, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Visits from the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Immigration Policies and Affairs (DIPA) happen on farms using immigrant workers. A recent Department of Labor (DOL) webinar sought to answer why the visits happen and how producers can prepare for the visits. (more…)

Conservation Innovation Grants

2019-07-16T08:03:39-05:00June 17, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Love ag research? The 2018 Farm Bill offers a new opportunity for qualifying farmers to partner with NRCS to get part of $25 million in grant money to use on-farm conservation measure and study their effectiveness. Kari Cohen, projects branch chief with USDA NRCS in Washington D.C., presented a webinar on the topic recently, highlighting what applicants should know during the application process. (more…)

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

2019-06-03T15:35:40-05:00May 20, 2019|Mid Atlantic, 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…)