Around and around the pen went the horse, changing direction or changing its gait in response to subtle cues given by the rider on its back. Cody Brown was working hard, doing what comes very naturally to him, getting the best out of the horses under his care and training. This young man was really challenging the horse to perform, but doing it very patiently and persistently. Cody Brown is only 22 years old but he has been training horses since he was 13. [Read more…]
FFA, 4-H and other agriculturally involved youth, and producers of every kind, showed up in full force to take part in NY Farm Bureau’s 2016 Taste of NY Legislative Reception in Albany, NY.
“We have a larger contingency of 4-H and the FFA than we’ve ever had in the past,” commented New York Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Education Managing Director Sandra Prokop. [Read more…]
Properly licensed, maintained and insured slow moving farm vehicles have an equal right to be on the roadway as other motorists. Even though farm equipment has access to roads, there are a number of regulations and exemptions that farm business owners must be aware of.
In advance of the spring season, Kirk Shoen, Extension Resource Educator, Farm Business Management/Dairy for Saratoga Cooperative Extension, organized a Farm Truck Inspection Day to help farm owners understand the laws associated with farm vehicles. New York State Trooper John Peck, from Troop G in Latham, was on hand to offer advice and answer questions. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 150 members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) traveled to Washington D.C. seeking support from Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation on critical issues impacting agriculture.The farmers met with lawmakers and legislative staff to discuss a wide variety of topics, including the urgent need to establish a national standard to oversee the labeling of genetically modified food and legislation to force the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw a rule that would dramatically expand regulations over farmland. [Read more…]
Sam Canonica and Sarah Costa chose their Dutch Belted cows not only for their milk but also for their small size, longevity, fertility, friendliness and forage efficiency. The Dutch Belteds are well suited for rotational grazing on 126-acre Manning Hill Farm in Winchester, NH.
From feeding to milking to bottling in glass to sales in their farm store, nearby farmers’ markets and grocery stores, Sarah and Sam handle all aspects of Manning Hill Farm’s production and sales themselves. Their priorities are healthy cows and clean milk. The herd’s somatic cell count (SCC) is consistently between 80,000 and 110,000. [Read more…]
A projected 2016 forecast for lower net farm income resulting from a fall in crop cash receipts is cause for farmers to become more aware of ways to offset declines in farm revenues through vigilance in the field. Field corn is reportedly New York’s highest net-value crop, estimated to occupy over a million acres statewide, and a full house at CNY CCE’s 2016 Corn Day testified to the level of interest crop farmers have in learning of ways to protect and better corn crops. [Read more…]
by George Looby
Recently the UConn Extension team of Jude Boucher, Extension Educator and Joan Allen, Assistant Extension Educator serving as plant pathologist presented informative sessions designed to bring growers up to speed regarding the latest in control measures against the wide range of pests.
The common spotted asparagus beetle was the first pest covered. One rule that applies across all species and varieties is to maintain a high level of sanitation in the garden. Old plant material and debris should be cleaned up and disposed of. Depending on the particular plant material involved, some may be composted, but if it is infected with a pest with a long life cycle it is important not to compost. It is important to know the life cycle of the pest being discarded. If you’re not familiar help is available through the staff of your local extension. [Read more…]
WYTHEVILLE, VA — Virginia Extension recently held a weeklong series of dairy conferences, in Wytheville as well as Amelia Court House, Brandy Station, Dayton and Rocky Mount. The featured speaker came from the USDA’s Dairy Forage Research Center in Wisconsin.
Dr. Wayne Coblentz is a research dairy scientist and agronomist. In his studies, he measures how the nutritional characteristics of forages change due to variations in agronomic inputs, the application of animal wastes, grazing, climate, and post-harvest management. At the conferences, he spoke about the key components of making baled silage. [Read more…]