Putting her heart into the industry

CM-MR-2-HEARTFELT-FARwM_907by Sally Colby

Like many in the cattle industry, Annette Delaplaine grew up on a farm and participated in 4-H. Her family raised hogs and horses and Annette had cattle breeding and steer projects. “I’ve been doing it on a larger scale for 21 years now,” said Annette, describing her work at Heart Felt Farms in Gettysburg, PA. “The boy who was working with me had Limousins and I decided to stick with that breed. I knew the bloodlines and it wasn’t as popular a breed so it was a good one to start with. Now there are a lot of Limousins crossed with Angus, which is called a Lim-Flex.” [Read more…]

Upper Valley farmers and others gather to launch watershed alliance

CN-MR-2-WATERSHED-ALLIANCE-Dqqotonby Alice Allen

NORWICH, VT — On Friday Dec.18 more than 50 farmers, Cooperative Extension, USDA officials and others gathered at the Norwich Farm campus of Vermont Technical College to launch the Connecticut River Farmers’ Watershed Alliance.

Upper Valley farmers Larry Scott, Jean Conklin, Walter Gladstone, joined others to listen and share ideas to actively address water quality concerns in the Upper Connecticut River Valley. This new watershed alliance will bring together a cohesive group to network together to help farmers, local landowners and local environmental groups collaborate on mutual objectives and shared responsibilities to help protect this river resource and its tributaries now and for future generations to come. [Read more…]

Sick Poultry: Proper Diagnosis

CM-MR-1-Sick-poultry11by Tamara Scully

Poultry production not only occurs in large commercial flocks, it is also finding a resurgence among small-scale farmers and backyard producers. No matter where or how the birds are raised, common poultry diseases are a concern. Knowing the signs and symptoms, and collecting samples to make a positive diagnosis, can go a long way in insuring poultry health. [Read more…]

How do the pieces of the puzzle fit for 2016? ~ Part 1

CEW-MR-1-Money-on-Table11by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Possible financial pitfalls for dairy farmers and ways to avoid them while making every penny count during this time of instability in the dairy industry were topics discussed in a ‘Money on the Table’ meeting held at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County.

Speakers at the meeting included Central NY CCE Regional Field Crop Specialist Kevin Ganoe, Central NY CCE Regional Dairy Specialist David Balbian, Cornell PRO DAIRY Senior Extension Associate Jason Karszes, CCE Capital District Farm Business Management Specialist Sandy Buxton and Saratoga Co. CCE Resource Educator Kirk Shoen. [Read more…]

Practical advice on revised minimum wage

CEW-MR-1-Farm-labor-issues41by Pat Malin

ORISKANY, NY — What will be the impact of a higher federal and state minimum wage on my farm’s tax obligations?

Are farmers required to pay an unemployment insurance tax for part-time or seasonal employees? Should I be worried about an impromptu OSHA inspection?

These were among the concerns of a group of farmers who attended a seminar titled Agricultural Employers’ Requirements and Responsibilities sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County. [Read more…]