Lee produces an average of 87,000 publications each week and uses about 40,000 pounds of newsprint. Over 95 percent of our printing is our own publications. Our goal is to upgrade the appearance of our publications and to also serve the commercial printing needs of publishers and customers in our surrounding area. To do this we needed to bring in some newer and faster equipment. [Read more…]
The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County office in Liberty, NY, was the location for an interesting and in-depth class on cattle breeding one chilly January day. Sponsored by Dr. Joseph D’Abbraccio and Dr. Kimberley Crowe of the Catskill Veterinary Services, PLLC, the class was well attended and well received.
Dr. Kim began her seminar on cattle breeding with a discussion focusing on reproductive anatomy of the cow; as she explained that many people are handling the breeding of their own animals today and may or may not be using synchronization protocols. Today’s research shows that knowing what specifically is happening with the animal makes a big difference in the success of breeding and the delivery of a healthy offspring, and learning and knowing reproductive anatomy is very important. [Read more…]
HARRISBURG, PA – Logan Svonavec from Rockwood, Somerset County and his 144-pound crossbred lamb took home the top honor of Grand Champion Junior Market Lamb on Sunday, Jan. 10 at the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
Before receiving the show’s highest honor, Svonavec and his lamb were awarded the Champion Crossbred Middleweight title as well as the title for overall Champion Crossbred. [Read more…]
At a time when the dairy industry has been under fire and animal welfare tops the list of consumer dairy concerns, the Dairy Cattle Club at State University of NY (SUNY) Cobleskill is reaching out to impact the dairy industry in a positive way, targeting consumers through social media.
Club President Erika Gogis reports that last semester, in addition to interacting with the public on campus, the club produced a video.
“This video displays our dairy club and educational programs and also supports the positive image of agriculture,” said Gogis. [Read more…]
Santa Claus had some flying competition in Buckland, MA in 2015. The wreaths that farmer Susan Atherton made by hand out of materials from her farm flew off the wreath stand faster than Santa Claus can fly across the sky.
“They fly right out of here. My friend made my display so you can see it from the road,” said Atherton, and customers pull right into her driveway, to be met first by her friendly large dog Oso. As with all items offered by farmers, there is a lot of preparation involved. She started making the wreaths on November 1. Her personal favorite was the wreath that she decorated with variety of strawflowers grown in her garden. Her natural wreath, which featured milkweed pods and milkweed fluff, was very popular. [Read more…]
HARRISBURG, PA – The Supreme Champion Bred Gilt was awarded to the Berkshire gilt ALIJ Amy 4-4 owned by Ronald and Luke States from Rossiter, Indiana County, on Saturday, January 9, at the 2016 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
Judge Ken Lane of Spragueville, Iowa, complimented each of the exhibitors, commending them for presenting an excellent set of 110 gilts. Following the selection of the supreme champion, the bred gilts were auctioned by longtime show volunteer Harry H. Bachman, Annville, Lebanon County. [Read more…]
“Governor Andrew Cuomo is moving forward with some major budget proposals that will impact agriculture across the state in positive and negative ways. New York Farm Bureau has advocated on a host of issues mentioned in the State of the State, and many of the Governor’s requests reflect his interest to improving conditions for family farms across the state. [Read more…]
LIVERPOOL, NY – New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball is predicting 2016 will be a “year of optimism” for agriculture.
During his address at the 184th meeting of the New York State Agricultural Society Meeting and Forum on Jan. 7, Ball referred to “renewed recognition of how important the (farm) industry is to our state’s economy.”
With two years in office behind him, Ball is hitting full stride now, especially in the marketing department. With Governor Andrew Cuomo’s help, the department has succeeded in pushing local agriculture farther out into the public square, gaining attention and revenue for farmers and spotlighting the state’s homegrown quality produce. [Read more…]