Letter to the Editor: What a shame

Order I pay price $17.57 per hundred-weight (cwt.)

Despite warnings that we and others issued, many dairy farmers are now facing reality when they received official word that the pay price for the milk they delivered to milk handlers in the Northeast Federal Order was $17.57 per cwt. for January 2015. One must remember that all dairy farmers are suffering these devastating prices and unfortunately there is more to come. [Read more…]

VA State Feed Association holds annual meeting in anticipation of new growing season

Ed Ebert, Bunge North America, presented a forecast for grain markets in 2015.by Karl H. Kazaks

ROANOKE, VA — During an unusually cold spell in late February, with snow on the ground and snow squalls in the air, the Virginia State Feed Association held its 69th Annual Feed Convention and Cow College. Members of the feed industry, dairy producers, animal nutritionists, and other interested parties attended the three-day event.

For grain producers, the forecast Bunge’s Ed Ebert gave for the coming year was as bleak as the weather outside The Hotel Roanoke.

The prices of corn, soybeans, and wheat, Ebert said, will “remain constrained.” In the U.S., he expects an increase rather than a reduction in acreage planted, have canvassed hundreds of growers at several states around the country at meetings this past winter. Couple that with an increase in projected yields and you get a picture of likely record levels of production, likely leading to an increase of grain stocks, which already are at high levels. [Read more…]

Keynote address

CM-MR-2-PA-KEYNOTE-096by Bill and Mary Weaver

“I would like to speak today about a question that keeps me awake at night,” stated Russell Redding, Keynote Speaker at the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Hershey, PA, who was recently nominated to become the next PA Secretary of Agriculture. “Our biggest challenges in agriculture today aren’t consumer preferences or a proper shelf life. What keeps me awake at night is how to bring enough human capital into agriculture,” Redding said. [Read more…]

New York crowns new state Dairy Princess

CEW-MR-5-NY princess296Stephanie McBath, from Schuylerville, NY, was crowned 2015-2016 New York State Dairy Princess during the 52nd Annual New York State Dairy Princess Coronation on Feb. 17. The American Dairy Association and Dairy Council-sponsored pageant was held at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, NY.

“I was definitely shocked! It was a surprise for me but I am extremely honored and excited to serve New York dairy farmers,” said McBath, a senior at Schuylerville High School, who has spent four years in dairy promotion as Saratoga County Dairy Princess and Saratoga County Dairy Ambassador. McBath’s coronation completes the year-long reign of Casey Porter, of Watertown, NY. [Read more…]

The road to soil health inspires farmers

CEW-MR-3-Soil health3by Troy Bishopp

STATE COLLEGE, PA — So a soil guy, tillage radish developer and an organic grain craftsman meet at a conference. If you use your rural imagination a good joke might be in the offering. When it comes to discussing the attributes of healthy soils and fertility to a packed house of farmers, it’s no laughing matter for the three Microbe-teers.

NRCS Conservation Agronomist Ray Archuleta from Greensboro, NC; cash crop/vegetable farmer and founder of Cover Crop Solutions, Steve Groff from Lancaster, PA and grain farmer and co-owner of Lakeview Organic Grain, Klaas Martens from Penn Yan, NY, led an all-day pre-conference track titled: Agroecology Principles & Biomimicry Strategies for Enhancing Soil Function at the 24th annual Farming for the Future PASA Conference. [Read more…]