Old-fashioned American work ethic thriving at Griggstown Farm

2020-01-13T13:41:45-05:00January 13, 2020|Eastern Edition|

by Richard Skelly

PRINCETON, NJ – We know all farmers work hard – yet it seems poultry and dairy farmers work the hardest. Fortunately for those who seek fresh and local in central New Jersey, the old-fashioned American work ethic is alive and well at Griggstown Farm. Beginning as the Griggstown Quail Farm in 1975, George Rude and his family have seen their business grow steadily to its current bustling state, serving retail customers, a number of New Jersey and New York City restaurants and a number of nearby farmers markets each week. (more…)

NODPA: Growing organic dairy in the Northeast

2020-01-08T14:34:00-05:00January 8, 2020|Eastern Edition|

by Tamara Scully

The Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance represents an active, vital and long-standing group of dairy farmers – along with industry support professionals – many of whom gathered recently in Canastota, NY for their 19th Annual Field Days. The focus of the event was on strategies for the long-term sustainability of organic dairy farming. (more…)

We need uncomplicated cattle

2020-01-07T12:06:03-05:00January 7, 2020|Eastern Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

PETERBORO, NY — When John O’Brien was a young lad and saw his first cow standing in a field, his mum said, “It was all over for him; this fascination with bovines.” Nearly 55 years later, the Australian CEO of Nature’s Blueprint Cow, renowned international livestock judge and cattle industry maverick is still spreading the news that we need uncomplicated, efficient cattle. (more…)

CCE beef production series freezer trade

2019-12-30T16:34:27-05:00December 30, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Katie Navarra

A little more than a decade ago, Tilldale Farms in Hoosick, NY transitioned from a dairy to a multi-species livestock farm. Dan and Joanne Tilley sell meat directly to consumers at farmer’s markets and retail shops. On Sept. 19, the couple hosted the final event in the summer long beef production series sponsored by the Capital Area Agriculture & Horticulture Program of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County. The focus of the workshop was cultivating a successful freezer trade, which the Tilley’s have done for their Red Devon grass fed cow/calf herd, broiler chickens and pork. (more…)

Adapting to the new realities of organic dairy

2019-12-30T16:24:18-05:00December 30, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

CANASTOTA, NY — Dairy meetings that ponder the future of a life devoted to taking care of the nation’s matriarch cows and providing the world with nutritious food are becoming head-scratchers in achieving economic viability. At the recent Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA) Annual Meeting and Field Day, organic farmers are not exempt from addressing a myriad of factors that are threatening their livelihoods. (more…)

Delilah does it again

2019-12-30T16:18:25-05:00December 30, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

Cutting Edge T Delilah, owned by Ken Main and Kenny Jo Manion of Copake, NY, made history for a second year in a row on Saturday, Oct. 5, becoming only the second Brown Swiss to ever claim back-to-back World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion titles. Taking the title of Reserve Supreme Champion of World Dairy Expo is Grand Champion of the International Ayrshire Show, De La Plaine Bingo Stinger, owned by Blue-Spruce Farm of Bridport, VT. (more…)

Standing out

2020-01-08T14:51:01-05:00December 30, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Stephen Wagner

Being a veteran of scholarship pageants since 1965, the 63rd Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Coronation was its usual spectator treat. What got me started in pageant-watching in the first place: I was dating a girl in 1965 who wanted to enter the Miss Pennsylvania Pageant, the next step to the Miss America Pageant. We were in theater together and were between gigs when she decided to do this. She won the Miss Pennsylvania title, part of which was due to winning the talent portion of the pageant with a monologue from “Joan of Arc,” and went on to Atlantic City for Miss America. (more…)

Conservation professionals increase knowledge to support client needs

2019-12-30T16:05:41-05:00December 9, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

CORTLAND NY — As the autumnal equinox is ushered in, so too is the annual conservation skills training regime for conservation professional partners. Whether environmental stewardship is agriculture, rural, municipal or urban related, the folks on the front line of service seek ongoing training to help clients reach their water quality goals throughout the state. (more…)