Ag Committee discusses milk pricing, producer payments

CM-DY-1-AG-COMMITTEE-Causer1HARRISBURG, PA — The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), held an informational meeting recently to discuss legislation designed to bring transparency to the payment of certain state-mandated premiums to Pennsylvania milk producers. [Read more…]

Beef tour attracts large crowd to Franklin County

CM-BF-2-BEEF-TOUR-021by Dee Shore, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

More than 110 people came out to a Cooperative Extension beef tour that’s become a summer tradition in the North Carolina’s Piedmont. Held in southern Franklin County this year, the Five-County Beef Tour took visitors to farms representing the diversified nature of North Carolina cattle operations. [Read more…]

A Picasso in the pasture

CEW-MR-3-Picasso101by Troy Bishopp

EARLVILLE, NY — Pablo Picasso said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” A NOFA-NY workshop billed as “Making Milk on Grass” found the true gift of pasture craftsmanship right in the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. A captivated audience of 70 farmers witnessed an exquisite canvas of beautiful cows, frolicking calves and diverse pastures at the hands and management of “Rembrandt” organic dairy farmer, Dave Stratton. [Read more…]

Dealing with arthritis

CEW-MR-2-FARMER-ARTHRITIS_29301by Sally Colby

For production farmers, slowing down or taking a break from daily work when dealing with pain from arthritis is not always an option. “Taking a break requires a change in thinking,” said Amber Wolfe, AgrAbility coordinator at the Arthritis Foundation. “Farmers must accept that they have to take breaks.” Wolfe isn’t handing out advice without first-hand knowledge of what’s involved in production agriculture. [Read more…]

Milk prices

by Katie Navarra

Dairy producers received record prices for their products in 2014. Average pricing for the year within the Northeast Order Uniform Price (UP) at the Boston, MA Zone averaged out at $24.28 per cwt, the highest price paid over a 10 year period ranging lasting from 2004-2013. [Read more…]