Plant nutrition: key to crop health

by Tamara Scully

“Every living organism has very specific nutritional requirements,” John Kempf, keynote speaker at the NOFA-NY Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference, and founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, said. “Managing plant nutrition is the fundamental tool in yield and quality.”

No matter whether the crop is grass, grain or vegetables, healthy plants not only have immunity to disease and pest pressures, they also enhance the soil environment.” [Read more…]

Twelfth annual Massachusetts Blue Ribbon Calf Sale benefits 4-H dairy program

CN-MR-40-4-Blue-ribbon-calf3by Paul Burdziakowski

The 12th annual Massachusetts Blue Ribbon Calf Sale was held March 19 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. There were approximately 600 people from all over New England and New York on site to inspect and purchase dairy calves through a consignment auction. A total of 60 calves from seven different dairy breeds were up for bid including Holsteins, Red & White Holsteins, Milking Short Horns, Brown Swiss, Jerseys, Guernsey and Ayrshire. There were plenty of other aspects to the event including youth clinics, commercial vendors, a silent auction and raffles. The calf sale, which was put on by the Massachusetts 4-H Dairy Committee, included free admission and parking. [Read more…]

NY Farm Bureau meets to object to minimum wage increase

CEW-MR-2-NYFB-minimum-wage1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Small business owners, Chambers of Commerce and county Farm Bureaus joined forces on Monday, March 21 to raise their voices against the proposed $15/H minimum wage hike in New York State.

“The coalition remains united in its efforts to defeat what would be a devastating blow to local employers,” said NYFB Manager of Public Affairs Steve Ammerman. “In all, 15 press conferences took place from Long Island to the North Country to Western New York. [Read more…]

New York conservation partners commit to 5-year agreement

CEW-MR-1-NYS-Conservation-1by Troy Bishopp

SYRACUSE, NY — Motivational speaker, Tony Robbins said, “There’s no abiding success without commitment.” At the 2016 New York Conservation District Employees Association’s Water Quality Symposium, four leaders from the national, federal, state and local conservation organizations put their autographs on a celebratory Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) committing to work collaboratively on New York’s environmental stewardship goals. [Read more…]

40th New Hampshire Dairy Management Conference

by Kristina Vaughan

Fireside Inn and Suites in West Lebanon, NH was filled with 90 farmers, industry representatives, government employees, college and FFA students on March 17 for the 40th annual Dairy Management Conference. This conference and trade show is one of a four part series including two sites in New Hampshire, and one each in Connecticut and Maine. Held one day prior, the North Country Dairy Seminar & Tradeshow also had a great turnout, boasting 66 participants at the Inn in Whitefield. [Read more…]