BOXBOROUGH, MA — Crocus sativus, better know as the saffron crocus, produces the well known spice saffron, which is used in culinary and medicinal applications around the world. This unique spice is known by many but grown by few. Researchers at the University of Vermont are hoping to change this. The world-renowned spice comes from the three tiny stigmas found in each flower of the saffron crocus. New research done by Margaret Skinner, Research Professor at the University of Vermont, shows that this cash crop could be viable in the northeast. [Read more…]
Niagara County Farm Bureau Board recently held its annual holiday luncheon. Senator Rob Ortt, newly elected Assemblyman Mike Norris, Gerry Farnham representing Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, and County Legislator Dave Godfrey also attended. [Read more…]
Jean Lonie is a U.S. Honorary Ambassador for the Nuffield International Farming Scholars program, an agriculture marketing and communications concern. She has worked for a variety of organizations across the U.S., including non-profit producer groups, farm media, the animal health sector, as well as positions in state government and education. [Read more…]
In recent years cover crops have gained in popularity. Cover crops improve nutrient cycling in the soil, improve water infiltration, attract pollinators and aid erosion control and weed management. However, organic producers have limited options for terminating these crops once they are established. Herbicides are not an option. Producers following no-till practices often find that mowing is marginally successful in terminating some cover crops. [Read more…]
“I want you to think about what the goals are of your calf management program,” said CNY Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Dairy Specialist Dave Balbian.
Balbian was addressing a group of mostly dairy folk in the Norwich session of a two-day Calf Management workshop hosted by CCE. [Read more…]