Air emissions from livestock farms can cause animal and human health concerns which typically impact the immediate farm surrounds, but do not occur in high enough concentration to be of health concerns off-farm. But when emissions, such as particulate matter and ammonia, settle out of the air, impact to the soil and water occurs. [Read more…]
Jack Kitteridge, policy director of Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts, works hard to keep carbon in the soil on his New England farm.
He was a panel speaker at the NOFA-NJ Winter Conference in late January. His expertise in the field was illustrated by a monograph on carbon sequestration in 2015. [Read more…]
Just because winter is here is no reason to close the barn door to the public, says Shannon Dygert of Dygert’s Dairy in Montgomery County, New York, during a recent winter farm tour.
“We enjoy sharing what we do with people young and old,” said Dygert. [Read more…]
Among the most important employees on livestock farms are traditionally the herding dogs.
The bumper sticker that reads “My Border Collie is smarter than your honor student,” is popular and, according to farmers, true. [Read more…]
Ever stubbed your toe? If you have, you will clearly understand how that lame cow in your herd is affected by the throbbing pain in her foot — or feet.
The kick-off meeting of Cornell PRO-Dairy’s ‘Don’t Be Lame!’ workshop, held at the Talley-Ho Restaurant in Richfield Springs, NY, attracted a standing-room-only attendance. [Read more…]
Doug and Pat Aukema started Aukema Dairy Farm as first-generation farmers in New Jersey, then later moved to Chenango Forks, NY to farm there. But Doug wasn’t new to dairy farming — he had grown up on a dairy farm in Holland.
In November of 1991, when Brian was 16, his father Doug was injured in a serious farm accident. Brian handled the majority of the farm work for a while, but the family made the tough decision to sell the herd three months later. [Read more…]
In the 30th anniversary year of Community Supported Agriculture, Elizabeth Henderson of Peacework Organic CSA in Wayne County, NY, and other long-time CSA farmers decided to draw up a charter to provide a definition of Community Supported Agriculture. [Read more…]
WATERLOO, NY — Last season’s weather in New York was just what wheat farmers needed: hot and dry, according to Mike Stanyard, PhD and senior Extension associate with Cornell’s Northwestern New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team. He presented “Small Grains Management Updates: Wheat & Malting Barley” at the recent Soybean Small Grains Congress 2017, hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team. [Read more…]