Sustainable Funding for Sustainable Farms: Cost Share Programs Benefit Organic Agriculture

HARRISBURG, PA — Organic certification can be more affordable for Pennsylvania farmers thanks to funding now available through the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) and the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost Program.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture secured $453,400 in federal funds through NOCCSP and $163,600 through AMA to reimburse farmers and handling facilities for expenses related to organic certification. [Read more…]

Supplementing the organic dairy herd diet with flaxseed

CW-MR-40-1-Supplementing-with-flaxseedby Katie Navarra

Flaxseed is an oilseed rich in fat, making it an energy source for livestock. When flaxseed is fed as a supplement to forage grazing, it can boost Omega-3 fatty acids in milk.

A two-year study by Cargill reported that 98 percent of consumers understand what Omega-3 fatty acids are and they will pay more and choose Omega-3 products over others. Omega-3s provide health benefits to cattle, too. [Read more…]

New York Beef Industry Council ‘Farm to Fork’ tours open doors

CEW-MR-3-Farm-to-Fork1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Food service distributors, nutrition educators, culinary instructors, dietitians and other representatives from retail food and restaurant industries joined groups across New York State to attend 2016 Farm to Fork tours, hosted by the New York Beef Industry Council.

Attendees met with dedicated farm owners, touring beef farms and learning how cattle are cared for, from in utero through harvesting. [Read more…]

Keeping the memories alive at Stoney Hill Cattle Co.

CN-MR-39-3-StoneyHill625by Kristen M. Castrataro

When you own a beef operation, it may seem counter-intuitive to name all of your cattle. That kind of personal touch is just one of many that have endeared Stoney Hill Cattle Co. in Charlestown, RI to their customers and their community.

In 1955, Ben Luchka purchased a dairy farm on what is now Stoney Hill Cattle Co. (SHCC). The owner of a paper mill, he had rented land for years, hoping for an opportunity to buy. He jumped at the chance. In the 1960’s he shifted his business model from dairy to beef and sheep. [Read more…]