Tour draws visitors to Drover Hill Farm

CE-MR-3-Drover-Hill21by Pat Malin

EARLVILLE, NY — The authentic Victorian-era home that serves as a bed-and-breakfast is testament to the time-honored traditions at Drover Hill Farm.

The owner, William Lipsey, has raised registered Highland and Angus cattle for 33 years. The herds are pasture-fed with patience, and finished off “when they’re ready,” said his wife, Stephanie, meaning about 16 to 27 months. [Read more…]

New York Beef Council grills up “Meat Your Beef” Farm to Fork Tours

CEW-MR-2-Meat-your-beef21by Troy Bishopp

Every May the New York Beef Council hosts four beef tours across New York State to explore beef production at the grassroots level. These “Farm to Fork” tours were designed to educate industry partners from retail, food service (distributors/restaurants owners and chefs), culinary instructors, extension educators and dietitians. [Read more…]

GMOs: Distinguishing fact from fiction

By Mary C. Gruszka

Genetic engineering and genetically modified organisms can be controversial subjects. Growers often have to field questions about GMOs from concerned consumers, and it can be challenging to clearly explain what they are and how they differ from traditional cross-breeding.

So it was timely that the keynote speaker at the recent Empire State Producers Expo in Syracuse, Dr. Margaret Smith, Pant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University, presented a clear and concise overview of genetic engineering (GE), a comparison with traditional plan breeding, commonly grown GE crops, a review of scientific studies on the impact of GE crops and safety, and what to expect in the future. [Read more…]

Combating antibiotic resistant bacteria

CEW-MR-1-COMBATING-BACTERIA1by George Looby, DVM

For years the critical question of antibiotic resistant bacteria and it’s relationship to the health and welfare of the general population has been debated and discussed at a variety of levels. Now the question has reached the highest level of government prompting President Barak Obama to issue an Executive Order to thoroughly study the problem. This order would appear to signal a significant shift in the thinking of those who have long been involved in studying the problem. For decades the addition of antibiotics to animal feed has been an accepted practice defended by animal scientists as having little or no impact on the possibility of antibiotic resistance. [Read more…]