Eastern Edition

KILE 2016 – Farm City Day

Pennsylvania’s  Dairy Princess Halee Wasson, who is studying ag education, takes the opportunity to educate kids of all ages and backgrounds.

by Steve Wagner
In the week preceding Farm City Day, at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE), I received an email touting the benefits of technology in agriculture. “Farmers in third world countries can then become managers of their fields instead of working all day in the fields,” it proclaimed. “Right now, 30 percent of all agricultural surfaces are used for cows. [Read more…]

Milk Pickup

Fred and Joyce Williams pose together after 47 years collecting  farmer's milk on their daily route in Central New York. Photo by Troy Bishopp

by Troy Bishopp

ORISKANY FALLS, NY — Pause for a moment today and remember the first time you encountered your soul mate. Was it at a church function, the grocery store, a party, or some other random meeting place? One of the more unique places has to be how Fred and Joyce Williams connected over fresh, frothy cans of milk at the ole, iconic Hinman Farm Products Plant in Deansboro, NY. To say milk brought love may be the next great marketing campaign. [Read more…]

Manure Management is a goal of SCD

Some horses are magnets for children to pet, but they are livestock. Photo by Jane Primerano

by Jane Primerano

New Jersey is a small state with a lot of water. Lakes, rivers, streams, creeks, ponds and vernal pools, not to mention the surviving sections of two man-made canals ribbon the state.

Keeping that water clean and potable is a challenge in both urban and rural areas.

In the rural northwest and south of the state a major water-quality concern is non-point source pollution from farms. Often, the pollution comes from manure. [Read more…]

From wool to wheel

ce-mr-3-from-wool-to-wheel7515by Samantha Graves

The story of Skip and Vicki Watt’s small farm outside of Greenville, NY is something of a love story. When the two fell in love just a decade ago and bought the property off of West Road, there was a small log cabin and nothing more. [Read more…]

Great Northern Farm kicks off BQA Month

ce-mr-2-great-northern-farm2by Troy Bishopp

LEBANON, NY — Autumn in New York ushers in brilliant leaf color, bushels of golden winter squash, corn chopping and coincidently, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Training Month. The role for beef and dairy farmers in producing New York’s #1 protein by concentrating on animal husbandry and stewardship rarely changes with the seasons. [Read more…]