Grazing under contract

by Tamara Scully

Are you hearing that rumble? If some of the top grazing specialists in the Northeast have their way, you will be. They’ve organized together to develop a potential new source of agricultural income, a innovative means of utilizing non-prime farmland, a means of keeping lands in agriculture, and a way to promote the actual grazing of livestock as a reliable feed source.

About 100 people attended the inaugural 2015 Northeast Contract Grazing Summit, held in late March in Morrisville, NY. Hosted by the Weaver Family Farm, and organized by Troy Bishopp, Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District Grazing Specialist, aka “The Grass Whisperer.” The event brought together a diverse group of farmers, grazing experts, butchers, and legal and insurance industry representatives, all of whom offered advice, shared successes and learning experiences, and underscored the real opportunities which contract grazing can bring to the region’s agricultural community.

“We think this is good for New York. We keep trying to get someone to listen, now we’re just doing it,” Bishopp said, indicating a team that includes Brett Chedzoy, Mike Baker, Steven Lorraine and many other of the workshops speakers. [Read more…]

Coats for goats

CE-MR-2-Coats-for-goats2by Al Dorantes

This story sounds like a rhyming children’s story. There are pickles and jams in jars and goats in coats on a farm. But there is more to this story.

Pashley Farm, in Schuyler, NY is also home to Rosie’s Heavenly Harvest. Rose Burroughs creates homemade salsas, butters, canned products; all fresh and natural. The farm and the canning all started seven years ago when she thought she could make goat’s milk cheese. They have not quite come to fruition with the cheese but they make jams and jellies, wine, vinegar from the wine, maple syrup and more. The farm is also home to goats, ducks, and chickens.

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Support continues for farmer facing animal cruelty accusations

CE-MR-1-ROCKWOOD1by Branden Jaquays

Joshua Rockwood, the New York farmer who is facing multiple misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, appeared in Glenville Town Court on April 21. His attorney, Andrew Safranco filed a formal demand for discover evidence and a bill of particulars. “We need to see the evidence they believe they have, then we’ll make our summations from there about going forward.”

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Public Notice by The Maine Pork Producers Association And the National Pork Board

The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2016 National Pork Producers {Pork Act} Delegate Body will take place at 1:30 P.M. Sunday, April 26, 2015. In
conjunction with a regular meeting of The Maine Pork Producers Association at the Witter farm classroom off College Ave at the University of Maine, Orono, 04473. All Maine Pork Producers are invited to attend. [Read more…]

Air blast sprayers: useful but difficult to calibrate

CN-MR-2-AIR BLAST2by Bill and Mary Weaver

Now New Hampshire and PA Extensions have a grant-funded calibration unit that can quickly and accurately measure the output of each nozzle on the sprayer. In Pennsylvania, the cost to the grower is $50 for the first sprayer and $35 for a second one. The rest of the expenses, estimated at $200, are paid for by grant funds supplied by the PA Department of Agriculture and the State Horticulture Association of PA. The calibration unit has eight cylinders, each with a quick-connect hose that connects to the nozzles on your air blast sprayer. “The unit does the job with precision,” says Dr. Kerry Richards, Director of the Pesticide Education Program for Penn State Extension. According to Richards, the grower can see on the unit which of his nozzles are ‘off’ and not working properly. “What’s at stake is your bottom line,” [Read more…]