Spring grazier meeting

2020-06-12T15:34:58-05:00June 12, 2020|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Katie Navarra

Social distancing and a virtual meeting platform didn’t keep Capital Region farmers from attending the annual Spring Turnout Grazier Meeting in late May. The two-hour meeting offered tips for strategizing about spending money, considerations for feeding minerals to livestock and calculating costs for fencing and forage. The annual event is organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension’s (CCE) Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program. (more…)

Farm phone movies

2020-06-12T15:31:58-05:00June 12, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Your smartphone is with you all the time, but you likely ignore one of its functions that could really benefit your farm: recording videos. That’s why MidAtlantic Women In Agriculture presented “Smart Phone Movies,” led by Michele Walfred, communications specialist with University of Delaware. (more…)

Grassy Cow Dairy starts bottling creamy goodness

2020-05-14T14:14:10-05:00May 14, 2020|Eastern Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

REMSEN, NY — “Sending my perfectly-good milk down the drain is one of the most demoralizing things I’ve ever had to do,” said Leon Atwell. Like hundreds of dairy farmers around the Northeast, Atwell struggles to survive during the COVID-19 outbreak that has caused ongoing interruptions of bulk milk pickups. “Dairy farms don’t have a huge profit margin to begin with, so anything you take away is very detrimental to us,” he said. (more…)

Develop a marketing strategy to target the right customers

2020-05-29T14:42:45-05:00May 14, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Catie Joyce-Bulay

“I like to think of it as ‘the smell of the flower will draw in the bee,’” said Matt LeRoux, describing the importance of creating an identity for your farm business. “We’re not going to survive, especially small farms, if we don’t have an identity. This identity will draw in your target customer.” (more…)