A few days before Christmas, people were stopping by McCray’s Farm and Country Creamery to pick up last minute gifts — maple syrup, the farm dairy’s own chocolate milk, ice cream cakes and even homemade ice cream, available in 25 flavors from Barnyard Blast to Caramel Brownie Swirl. Part of the year-round petting zoo, the ducks and geese swimming in the duck pond greeted customers. [Read more…]
The New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference and Trade Show offered workshops led by experienced growers, extension agents, crop advisors, university and industry researchers as well as industry representatives from across North America. Speakers shared the latest innovations and advances in the fruit and vegetable industry. This biennial conference was held Dec. 15 – 17, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
CAMP HILL, PA — Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is pleased to announce that the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has appointed Washington County cattle farmer David Bentrem as a new member of the National Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee for the 2016-2018 term, beginning in March. The committee is comprised of 16 positions representing all regions of the United States. [Read more…]