Agriculture education in our secondary schools continues to be a high priority for New York State. With looming projections of teacher shortages both statewide and throughout the nation, coupled with Cornell’s elimination of the Department of Agriculture Education and termination of its teacher certification program, New York agriculture education and FFA are at a crisis situation that must be addressed! [Read more…]
GREENWICH, NY — The Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors announce the promotion of Corrina Aldrich to the position of District Manager. She will take the helm Jan. 1, 2015 replacing Joseph Driscoll, the current District Manager who will be retiring at the end of the year. Joe is leaving after a 32-year storied career with Washington and Montgomery County Soil and Water Districts, The Washington County SWCD Board of Directors would like to wish Joe the best of luck in his new endeavors.
Corrina Aldrich has worked with the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District as a Natural Resources Technician for five and a half years and brings a broad spectrum of experience to the position. Corrina received an AAS Degree in Agricultural Science from SUNY Cobleskill in 1988. Since then she has worked in a variety of agricultural industries including many dairy operations, equine training and breeding facilities, and the greenhouse and nursery industry. [Read more…]
After years of coping with Lyme disease, it sometimes seems as if little more is known about it today than it was when it was first discovered. We know that its presence has been around for about 20 million years, but we can date modern problems with the bacterium to 1975, when several cases were identified in two Connecticut towns, Lyme and Old Lyme. In 1978, it was learned that the disease is tick-borne.
“My son got so sick from Lyme and associated diseases that I honestly didn’t believe he was going to survive,” said Dr. Kathy Spreen. “Chris had a tick bite that he got while doing an internship in Delaware. He came home and asked, ‘Does this matter?’ There was a tick in there wiggling, and I said, ‘Well, let’s just take this thing out and put it in a jar and see what happens.’” [Read more…]
About 50 people gathered at the Weyers Cave Community Center on Nov. 20 to hear Dr. Joe Bouton ask, “What alkaloid levels are you willing to live with?”
It’s not a question commonly asked by farmers today, but Bouton hopes that in the future, testing for alkaloid levels will be as common as measuring forage for nutrients, protein and NDF.
Alkaloids are naturally occurring compounds produced by fungi, bacteria, plants and animals. Alkaloids can have medicinal properties. Morphine, caffeine and ephedrine are alkaloids. Some alkaloids are toxic to other organisms — for example, nicotine. Tobacco dust is an effective pesticide, if not used today as widely as it once was. [Read more…]
If Santa Claus was going to leave just one thing in a horse-lover’s stocking, since, of course, a live horse wouldn’t fit, it would be tickets to next year’s Equine Affaire. This year’s 50th Equine Affaire, held in Springfield, MA was a feast for the eyes with items to buy, from state-of-the-art saddles and horse vacations, to getting a chance to touch live horses over in the Breed Pavilion. Attendees could take notes during presentations by Pat Parelli, Jim Masterson, Karen Daley and Mark Rashid among many others, and in the evening, had the opportunity to watch horses perform during Fantasia. [Read more…]
Milo, also known as grain sorghum, is grown widely throughout the Midwest and used in livestock rations. It’s not as popular in the Northeast, but some farmers are giving it a second look.
Milo belongs to the same botanical family as corn, and has a similar upright habit. It has a higher protein level than corn, but is lower in fat and vitamin A. Prior to the 1940s, grain sorghum grew to five to seven feet, which meant problems at harvest time. Modern grain sorghums have dwarfing genes and reach between two and four feet at maturity. [Read more…]
Wetland violations and the determination process of those violations, were some of the issues discussed at the Central New York Cornell Cooperative Extension Tile Drainage School, which took place in Ballston Spa on Nov. 12.
“We use historical information,” said NRCS Conservation Program Manager, Scott Fitscher. Photos which are available in the Washington County office go back to 1942.
Historical files of previous drainage projects and documentation of the land is also used to make determinations, as is soil type. State maps are not used. [Read more…]
Poultry operators can increase profits by lowering ongoing energy expenses. Dennis Brothers, Extension poultry housing specialist with the National Poultry Technology Center of Auburn University, led a recent webinar on this topic called “Poultry Operations: Broiler and Breeder Energy Conservation Opportunities.” Brothers focused on commercial broiler and breeder houses. Brothers said broiler and breeder chicken production accounted for 85-90 percent of American commercial poultry houses. [Read more…]