Cover crops are a key tool for managing soil health and fertility. Farmers that use cover crops in rotation with other crops can improve weed and disease suppression, improve soil infiltration, increase nitrogen and other nutrients and increase soil resilience during extreme weather events. Some farmers, both in organic and traditional cropping systems, have embraced the practice. [Read more…]
Farmers who use late-model, fuel-powered equipment for farm work might not think it’s “progressive” to use a team of horses or mules for pulling a brand-new field mower. But for those who rely on horses or mules for power in the field, there’s been a lot of progress. [Read more…]
Agricultural producers are exposed to loud noises in their work environment on a daily basis. Gradual hearing loss is common during the aging process, but noise-induced hearing loss can occur at any age. Noise-induced hearing loss is a result of exposure to high-intensity noise without proper hearing protection. [Read more…]
by George Looby, DVM
To say the state of Connecticut is in a very difficult financial bind might be something of an understatement. The legislature has been unable to come up with a budget which is agreeable to both parties and the Governor is scrambling to bring both groups together so the business of the state may move forward. This problem in the state is neither new nor unique. It has been going on for years. [Read more…]
It comes as no surprise that Mother Nature has played a huge role in what New York farmers have had to overcome this 2017 spring and early summer.
The struggle has not been an easy one for any farmer, including young farmers Morgan Behnke and Cyrus Conard at Ridgedale Dairy, Ames, NY. [Read more…]
CAZENOVIA, NY — The word of the day for Central New York farmers is RAIN. The monsoonal trend has frustrated farmers, flooded fields, pushed back planting and harvesting schedules and created the need for sunshine to lift morale back on the farm. The silver lining to this year’s moisture is abundant pasture production for those who use it to feed livestock. But how do you begin to manage such overabundance and reconcile a pasture plan with what nature throws at you? [Read more…]
As strange as it may have seemed a decade ago, milk fat is now an acceptable component of milk. Many registered dietitians have approved regular fat dairy instead of pushing for skim. They’re embracing butter instead of artificial margarine as well. [Read more…]
by Jay Girvin, Esq., Girvin & Ferlazzo P.C., Albany, NY
What liability issues are associated with the direct sale of farm products, and what can farmers do to limit their exposure to claims?
Direct farm marketing – that is, selling food and farm products directly to consumers without using an intermediary such as a processor, distributor, or retailer – is a common and well-established practice. It can take many forms, including roadside markets and farm stands, farmers’ markets, or “pick-your-own” enterprises. [Read more…]