ALFRED, NY — In the midst of a punishing dry spell that has diminished pastures, water bodies and farmer’s spirits, Grasstravaganza 2016 brought a 3-day temporary respite for the mind and even garnered a much needed rain shower. As featured speaker, Fred Provenza, stated, “It’s the hard times that force us to adapt and change”. [Read more…]
by George Looby
Each year in early August the Connecticut Agricultural Station Lockwood Farm located in Hamden, CT holds an open house at which time the station has the opportunity to display its many trials, experiments, investigations and other activities to the general public. One of the highlights of the program is the recognition of a CT farm that has been operated by members of the same family for one hundred years or more. Eligible farms are selected by the CT Agricultural Information Council. This group is also responsible for annually choosing the states outstanding young farmer who is recognized at AG Day at the State Capitol in early March. [Read more…]
In an unusual move for a newly-established dairy, in 2000, Wolfe’s Power Line Dairy, in Milton, PA, immediately invested heavily in a type of milking parlor not too often seen in PA, which has saved the operation tremendous amounts of time, energy, and expense over the past 16 years it has been in use: A 32-stall DeLaval Rotary Milking Parlor. [Read more…]
New Haven, CT – The State Mosquito Management Program reminds residents to take steps to prevent mosquito bites as West Nile virus (WNV) is present in Connecticut. So far this season, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) has identified WNV infected mosquitoes in two communities in Fairfield County, Stamford and Bridgeport. [Read more…]
On Oct. 30 the Jamaica, NY, Elmhurst Dairy processing plant will close its doors affecting “8,300 stores and 1,400 public schools,” while also impacting dairy farms across New York State.
“This development is only going to cause more market disruption to a market that is already suffering from a shortage of processing capacity here in the Northeast,” said CCE CNY Dairy Specialist Dave Balbian. [Read more…]
ROCK SPRINGS, PA – Pennsylvania’s rich agricultural heritage took the spotlight Tuesday when Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding recognized seven Pennsylvania families for their contributions to the commonwealth’s agriculture industry during Penn State’s Ag Progress Days in Rock Springs, Centre County.
Redding recognized the farms – which have been in operation for a combined more than 900 years – through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Century and Bicentennial Farm Program. [Read more…]
Richard A. Ball, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner visited several Thoroughbred horse farms in Upstate New York recently, his goal being to show the importance and impact of thoroughbred horses beyond the scope of a racetrack. Ball said, “In addition to providing jobs and a significant boost to the economy, the equine industry, including the Thoroughbred racing industry, is critical to our growing agriculture community.” [Read more…]
More than $30,000 is awarded in undergraduate education scholarships
HARRISBURG, PA – The Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation and Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association have selected 10 outstanding undergraduate students as recipients of the 2016 Student Leader Scholarship awards. These ten students will each receive a $3,000 scholarship to support their undergraduate studies and encourage them to continue to pursue a career specifically in the dairy industry. [Read more…]