Eastern Edition

Creamery “fits the mold” at Lime Kiln Farm

CE-MR-3-LimeKiln6911by Samantha Graves

When Brent Zimmerman went on a vacation to Italy in 1991, he never expected the return trip would take 23 years. Nor could he have anticipated how an elderly Italian woman who had lost her sight would nurture Zimmerman’s gift for cheese making and help launch him into a successful creamery business.

“I always knew I would end up on a farm,” said Zimmerman. “I just didn’t think it would be in Italy.” [Read more…]

Pro-Dairy Summer Dairy Reproduction Update explores voluntary waiting periods

CE-MR-3-Pro-Dairy-Summer3by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“Dairy farming is getting more sophisticated,” commented Dr. Julio Giordano, Assistant Professor of Dairy Cattle Biology and Management at Cornell.

Giordano was a key speaker at the Pro-Dairy Summer Reproduction Update meetings, which took place across New York State.

Giordano and Matias Stangaferro, DVM, MS discussed studies they have been part of concerning voluntary waiting periods (VWP) for cows after calving and determining the optimal time involved to improve milk production and farm profit. [Read more…]

Progressive Agricultural Organization implores government officials to pursue Specter-Casey Bill

CE-MR-3-Progressive-Ag1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Government representatives from New York State Senator James L. Seward (R, C, IP), 51st Senate District, and U.S. House of Representatives Richard Hanna (R), 22nd Congressional District of New York, attended a press conference at Fitch’s Dairy in West Winfield on June 27, to hear the passionate plea of dairy farmers for support of the Spector-Casey Bill to help lift dairy farmers out of the pit they are in. [Read more…]

Navigating and negotiating permits and regulations key in promoting agritourism

CF4-GR--MR-4-NAVIGATING-PERMITSby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Opening your agricultural doors and inviting the public in to enjoy a day in the country touring your farm, picking their own fruit and vegetables, or other events to promote your farm and agriculture in general may sound like a great way to drum up business.

Did you know if you don’t make special handicap accommodations you can be sued (of course these suits always include attorney’s fees)? [Read more…]

Path to Profitability: Making organic dairying work

CW-MR-49-1-PATH-TO-PROFITABILITYby Tamara Scully

The Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative “Path to Profitability on an Organic Dairy,” workshop was held in Penn Yann, NY recently. Featured speaker was Dr. Larry Tranel, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Dairy Specialist. Originally organized to offer remote access via webinar, technical difficulties prevented that from happening. Fay Benson, Project Manager of the New York Organic Dairy Initiative Program (NYODP) is attempting to schedule another webinar with Dr. Tranel later this year. [Read more…]