Maryland renews high path avian influenza emergency orders

Poultry entering state must be tested or certified healthy

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland Secretary of Agriculture has extended Emergency Orders to prevent High Path Avian Influenza from infecting Maryland poultry flocks. These measures are in response to the continuing threat of an outbreak. The quarantine orders require all hatching eggs and poultry entering the state to be tested within 10 days or come from certified clean sources. Poultry markets must maintain records of all birds sold or purchased. The quarantine also orders that all commercial poultry farms must meet basic biosecurity and sanitation practices, including: [Read more…]

Navigating and negotiating permits and regulations key in promoting agritourism

CF4-GR--MR-4-NAVIGATING-PERMITSby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Opening your agricultural doors and inviting the public in to enjoy a day in the country touring your farm, picking their own fruit and vegetables, or other events to promote your farm and agriculture in general may sound like a great way to drum up business.

Did you know if you don’t make special handicap accommodations you can be sued (of course these suits always include attorney’s fees)? [Read more…]

Franklin County 4-H Fair

CN-MR-27-3-Franklin-County-Fair-8398by Laura Rodley  

Lessons in gentleness and creativity were apparent in the rabbit building at the Franklin County 4-H Fair as participants dressed their small rabbits in homemade costumes.

Maggie Brisbois, of Chesterfield, age 13, transformed her tortoiseshell colored Dutch Rabbit named Double Stuffed into an M&M™ at the fair held June 25. She has previously dressed up her other rabbit, also a tortoiseshell Dutch Rabbit (Oreo) as a knight and Sir Hops-a lot as Super Rabbit. [Read more…]

Path to Profitability: Making organic dairying work

CW-MR-49-1-PATH-TO-PROFITABILITYby Tamara Scully

The Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative “Path to Profitability on an Organic Dairy,” workshop was held in Penn Yann, NY recently. Featured speaker was Dr. Larry Tranel, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Dairy Specialist. Originally organized to offer remote access via webinar, technical difficulties prevented that from happening. Fay Benson, Project Manager of the New York Organic Dairy Initiative Program (NYODP) is attempting to schedule another webinar with Dr. Tranel later this year. [Read more…]

Lucky 13 All Natural Red Angus Beef strives for excellence

CE-MR-2-Lucky-13-Rewrite3by Sally Colby

When Erin Hull’s husband David mentioned that it was hard to find a decent hamburger in central New York, his next comment was that they should raise their own beef cattle. Erin didn’t think much more about what he said, but was forced to take him seriously when he purchased 13 Hereford cows and brought them to their Tully, NY farm. [Read more…]