New York State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R, C, I – Corning) on June 4 joined a bi-partisan coalition of lawmakers and the New York Farm Bureau in supporting legislation, Assembly Bill 165, that will cap the agricultural property tax assessment at two percent. Skyrocketing land assessments have forced the cost of farmland tax bills to unmanageable levels. Currently, New York farmers pay $38.41 per acre in property taxes, this is the second highest rate in the nation and more than $25 per acre higher than the national average. This cost amounts to 15 percent of New York farmers’ net income being consumed by property taxes, as a percent of income this is the highest in the nation. Continue reading
by Jennifer Wagester
The New York Animal Agriculture Coalition (NYAAC) strives to empower farmers to engage the public in conversations about animal agriculture and tell their stories firsthand. The coalition, in conjunction with the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council (ADADC) and the United Soybean Board (USB), hosted Farm Tour Workshops on May 20 in Batavia, NY, and May 22 in Fonda, NY. The workshops focused on helping farmers start those conversations through positive farm tour experiences.
by Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky
Hay is the most common roughage fed to horses in confinement. A good understanding of the factors that affect hay production will help you select high quality hay.
Rainfall at the proper time during the growing season will affect hay quality. Drought conditions result in stunted growth and fewer leaves. Excessive moisture often leads to diseases that decrease leaf production. Continue reading
by Katie Navarra
Why food safety?
Providing farm products that are as safe as possible is important to assure customers that quality, safety and their health are important to you. Not only is it an obligation to provide safe food, but it can also be used as a good marketing tool to encourage other customers to shop at your farmer’s market or farm stand.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 6 get sick from foodborne illnesses, said Londa Nwadike, University of Vermont Extension Food Safety Specialist. “It (foodborne illnesses) are highly underreported,” she said, “there can be food borne illnesses from farmer’s markets products even Continue reading