Dairy Environmental Systems and Climate Change Adaptation Conference

CE-MR-1-Environmental-systems1by Tamara Scully

Climate change is real. It’s impact will both be felt by dairymen, and will be influenced by their management practices. That message was heard loud and clear as leading researchers, extension and conservation professionals, professors, energy professionals, engineers and dairy farmers gathered for an intensive two-day conference — with a third day of tours — focused on mitigating the impact of climate change. Held at the Statler Hotel on the Cornell University campus, the conference was co-hosted by Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY program. [Read more…]

Pageant winners highlight local agriculture

CW-TM-1-Pageant-winners1c1by Daniel Crofts

On Wednesday, July 22, five remarkable young ladies from Genesee County, NY received the coveted crowns of their County Fair’s “Queen and Princess Pageant,” an annual event sponsored by the Genesee County Agricultural Society. Winners were Corinne Rhoads of Le Roy, NY; Sundae Duyssen, also of Le Roy; Ariana Cutcliffe, of Pembroke, NY; Emily Boldt, of Stafford, NY and Rebekah Allen, of Oakfield, NY. [Read more…]

Bringing back a reliable beef breed

CW-MR-3-Autmn-Harvest681by Sally Colby

Tim and Sarah Haws started their Romulus, NY farm in 2001 with six chickens; hardly enough to keep them busy. “Both my wife and I were working off the farm, but we really enjoyed the farm,” said Tim. “Then we got a few cows, and now we have over 100.” [Read more…]

Grazing for a unique market

CN-MR-2-BENEDIKT-FARM_49711by Sally Colby

It’s hard to start a farm from scratch, but it’s possible for those who have ideas, determination and help from seasoned professionals.

Max Blindow is one farmer who went that route. He became interested in farming in his native Germany and worked on several farms before coming to the United States in 2009. [Read more…]

Best of the Fest and the World

CN-MR-1-JASPER-HILL-CHEESE_011by Laura Rodley

Jasper Hill Farm produces almost 1 million pounds a cheese a year, over their whole collection: 995,000 pounds to be exact. They were just named Best of the Fest for Harbison at the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, the people’s choice, determined by people who attend the festival. [Read more…]