Growing willow biomass power in New York

CEW-MR-AE-1-Willow11by Tamara Scully

The USDA recently announced incentives available for the establishment of biomass crops. The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides incentives for forest landowners as well as farmers to grow new sources of biomass energy products.

According to Virginia Green, USDA Farm Services Agency, Conservation Specialist for New York, growers in a nine county region — Oneida, Oswego, Franklin, Jefferson, Herkimer, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Clinton and Essex — were eligible to enroll acreage for shrub willow production. The “distinct geographical areas” for the shrub willow project were selected due to their proximity to the ReEnergy LLC bioenergy plants, located in Fort Drum, Lyonsdale, and Chatequgay. [Read more…]

Colby Corner

CEW-MR-3-Coby-corner-HEADER1Hello! I’m Gabby Domagala, a sophomore at SUNY Cobleskill, majoring in Agriculture Business with the focus in Dairy Management. I am the fourth generation on my family’s 80-cow dairy farm, located in Lewis County, NY. With that traditional mindset, I also wish to continue dairy farming after earning my degree. I chose SUNY Cobleskill as my first-choice college because of the great hands-on experience the school has to offer! The applied programs offer a learning experience like no other; students are able to apply what they learn in a classroom setting into practical field work situations. I am very passionate about the agriculture and dairy industries, and am excited to share this passion with the readers of Country Folks in our Coby Corner column. Along with being a full-time student, I am also involved in extra-curricular activities such as SUNY Cobleskill Dairy Cattle Club, SUNY Cobleskill National Agri-Marketing Association, 4-H, Junior Holstein Club, FFA, Farm Bureau, and Women Involved in Farm Economics. In addition, I am a Teaching Assistant for the Introduction to Dairy Cattle Management class at SUNY Cobleskill. [Read more…]

Middletown 4-Hers get surprising results

CE-MR-2-State-Fair-g11by Pat Malin

SYRACUSE, NY — It’s common knowledge that upstate New Yorkers do not always see eye-to-eye with their distant downstate cousins, and vice-versa.

After all, their lifestyles are wildly different. “Upstate” might be imagined by some people as totally rural, populated by endless miles of cows, farms and grassland, seemingly devoid of large cities or modern culture. “Downstate” is judged solely by impressions of the Big Apple, a mad frenzy of skyscrapers, harried office workers and endless traffic jams. [Read more…]

Keeping up with the veterinary feed directive ~ Part two: What can producers expect now and in the future

by Sally Colby

Livestock producers will be under closer scrutiny when it comes to some of the management tools they’ve been using for years, such as drugs for improved livestock performance, and it’s because of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD).

Dr. Mike Apley, boarded clinical pharmacologist and professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, explained antibiotics for food animals are split into three categories: therapy, prevention/control and growth promotion. [Read more…]

Public welcome to visit new facility for NH Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

CN-RP-1-NH-NEW-VET-LAB_11Open House set for Oct. 14

DURHAM, NH — The University of New Hampshire and the State of New Hampshire will celebrate the opening of the new facility for the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (NHVDL) at a public open house Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015.

The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the new facility near the Macfarlane Greenhouses at Main Street and North Drive. Following a welcome from key personnel involved with the project, the public is invited to tour the facility. [Read more…]