State Agriculture Commissioner tours farms impacted by drought in Wyoming and Genesee Counties

cw-mr-44-3-drought-in-wyoming-3cProducers seeing potential crop loss of up to 50-60 percent, higher production costs associated with hauling water and irrigation

Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball on Sept. 9 joined state leaders, New York Farm Bureau President Dean Norton, members of the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (USDA FSA), and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming and Genesee Counties to tour several farms in the Finger Lakes and Western New York regions impacted by this summer’s drought. [Read more…]

New revision of the Worker Protection Standard (WPS)

ce-mr-55-2-new-personal-protection-9151by William and Mary Weaver

A new revision of the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) will be enforced starting Jan. 1, 2017. “The revision of the Worker Protection Standard covers farmers, foresters, and other growers using pesticides on production agriculture crops.” Although there has typically been an exemption for immediate family members, “Even the owner and immediate family must comply with the new Personal Protective Equipment requirements,” stated Jim Harvey, PSU Farm Safety Extension. [Read more…]

Mills Family Farm feeds the Carolinas, Virginia

cm-mr-35-2-mills-family-farm-2aby Karl H. Kazaks

SHEPHERDS, NC — Dr. Bradley Mills’ home farm here in Iredell County has been in his family since 1935. Now it’s the headquarters of a rapidly growing all-natural, pasture-raised beef operation, Mills Family Farm, which supplies locally raised beef to consumers throughout the Carolinas and Virginia.

The origination of this business coincided with Mills’ marriage to Nicole, his wife of almost seven years. [Read more…]

Alpacas 101

cn-mr-43-4-alpacas-101-820by Laura Rodley

Alpaca lovers and people curious about alpacas had a treat at Moonlight Rose Alpacas Farm the last week of August. They got to see a brown two-day-old female alpaca baby, or cria, named Sweet Caroline and a one-month-old rose gray cria, Fitzgerald, both bred at the farm in time for David Rose’s Alpaca 101, a seminar devoted to all aspects of raising alpacas. Topics included raising alpacas, their lifespan, care, feeding, birthing, breeding, showing and using their fiber for clothing. [Read more…]

Beef Day heats up passion for New York’s #1 protein

cew-mr-3-beef-day1by Troy Bishopp

SYRACUSE, NY — When one attends the Great New York State Fair, it’s almost impossible to escape the vibrant fragrancy of grilling meat. Nowhere is it more poignant than at Chevy Court for the annual NYS Beef Council’s Beef Day festivities paying homage to New York’s #1 protein source, local beef farmers, chefs, agri-business and consumers. [Read more…]