Woodbury FFA member wins National award

CN-MR-1-WOODBURY-FAA-rob1Rob Losee of Watertown, member of the Woodbury FFA (For the Future of Agriculture) Chapter at the Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience and Technology Program at Nonnewaug High School, has recently been named a National Finalist for the National FFA Proficiency Award Program. [Read more…]

Open gates ~ New York farm wins inaugural CAB Ambassador Award

CEW-MR-1-Open-Gates2c1by Miranda Reiman

Most cattlemen don’t find themselves displaying bulls in a suburban grocery store parking lot or hosting meat cutters in their pastures, but that’s become as routine to Phil Trowbridge and his son PJ as breeding cows or clipping sale bulls.

“Anytime we call Phil, and ask for anything —and we ask for some crazy things — he’s always game,” says Deanna Walenciak, Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand marketing director. [Read more…]

NYS Agriculture Commissioner listens to conservation district’s priorities

CEW-MR-1-NYS-ag-commissioner11by Troy Bishopp

AUBURN, NY — Richard Ball is not only the New York Agriculture Commissioner but is a long-time Schoharie County vegetable farmer. As such, when it rains, “You don’t feel as guilty sitting inside conversing with others over coffee,” said Ball. The deluge outside the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District provided some downtime to discuss issues for area farmers and their soil and water agency partners as part of Governor Cuomo’s Capital for a Day initiative. [Read more…]

It’s a beautiful thing

CE-MR-4-Beautiful-thing61by Troy Bishopp

ROME, NY — When produce farmer, Ron Wagner got on TV and on social media asking for help to harvest a monumental crop of squash destined for local food banks, little did he realize he would inspire a community.  “The epiphany for me was seeing the train of volunteers all working together for a common goal of feeding the less fortunate. It was a beautiful thing,” said Wagner. [Read more…]