Training horses comes naturally for Cody Brown

CM-4-Cody-Brown14by Jennie Rucker

Around and around the pen went the horse, changing direction or changing its gait in response to subtle cues given by the rider on its back. Cody Brown was working hard, doing what comes very naturally to him, getting the best out of the horses under his care and training. This young man was really challenging the horse to perform, but doing it very patiently and persistently. Cody Brown is only 22 years old but he has been training horses since he was 13. [Read more…]

NY Farm Bureau 2016 Taste of NY Legislative Reception ~ Bigger than ever!

CE-MR-3-Taste-of-NY-14by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

FFA, 4-H and other agriculturally involved youth, and producers of every kind, showed up in full force to take part in NY Farm Bureau’s 2016 Taste of NY Legislative Reception in Albany, NY.

“We have a larger contingency of 4-H and the FFA than we’ve ever had in the past,” commented New York Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Education Managing Director Sandra Prokop. [Read more…]

Farm Truck Inspection

CE-MR-1-Farm-Truck-Inspectio1n2by Katie Navarra

Properly licensed, maintained and insured slow moving farm vehicles have an equal right to be on the roadway as other motorists. Even though farm equipment has access to roads, there are a number of regulations and exemptions that farm business owners must be aware of.

In advance of the spring season, Kirk Shoen, Extension Resource Educator, Farm Business Management/Dairy for Saratoga Cooperative Extension, organized a Farm Truck Inspection Day to help farm owners understand the laws associated with farm vehicles. New York State Trooper John Peck, from Troop G in Latham, was on hand to offer advice and answer questions. [Read more…]

Pennsylvania farmers visit Capitol Hill to discuss critical issues impacting agriculture with PA’s Congressional Delegation

CDM-27-3-PA-farmers-visit13WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 150 members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) traveled to Washington D.C. seeking support from Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation on critical issues impacting agriculture.The farmers met with lawmakers and legislative staff to discuss a wide variety of topics, including the urgent need to establish a national standard to oversee the labeling of genetically modified food and legislation to force the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw a rule that would dramatically expand regulations over farmland. [Read more…]

Responding to demand at Manning Hill Farm

CN-56-3-Unusual-cows1by Kathleen Hatt

Sam Canonica and Sarah Costa chose their Dutch Belted cows not only for their milk but also for their small size, longevity, fertility, friendliness and forage efficiency. The Dutch Belteds are well suited for rotational grazing on 126-acre Manning Hill Farm in Winchester, NH.

From feeding to milking to bottling in glass to sales in their farm store, nearby farmers’ markets and grocery stores, Sarah and Sam handle all aspects of Manning Hill Farm’s production and sales themselves. Their priorities are healthy cows and clean milk. The herd’s somatic cell count (SCC) is consistently between 80,000 and 110,000. [Read more…]