Andrew Younker from Fleetwood, Berks Co. and his five-year-old Jersey cow, Milk & Honey Minister Shirley, won Supreme Champion Dairy Cow honors at the 101st PA Farm Show in Harrisburg, PA. This was the first time that Younker competed at the PA show after having competed in dairy events in Wisconsin and Louisville, KY in the past. Younker’s win came after a time of careful deliberation among judges because the initial outcome of the judging ended in a tie between the Jersey and the Red and White cows. [Read more…]
On Jan. 17, the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) announced that former U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will join the organization as president and CEO, effective Feb. 1, 2017. USDEC is a non-profit, independent organization that seeks to enhance the global demand for U.S. dairy products and ingredients. [Read more…]
by Troy Bishopp
ALBANY, NY — In the Northeast grain marketing business, an earthquake of fraud and deceit has caused a tsunami of anger and bewilderment amongst the agricultural community.
The news of Cargill Inc., America’s largest privately held corporation, based in Minnetonka, MN, being hoodwinked by their account manager, Diane Backis at the Port of Albany, has sent shock waves throughout the grain industry. [Read more…]
LIVERPOOL, NY — “Collaboration” represented the theme of the day at the 185th Annual Meeting & Agricultural Forum of the New York State Agricultural Society recently. One of the day’s panel discussions, “Fostering Collaborations Through Educational Institutions”, certainly continued the motif as leaders from educational organizations shared their thoughts. [Read more…]
by Katie Navarra
Each year Cucurbit Downy Mildew (CDM) causes severe yield loss in northeast pumpkin, squash, melon and cucumber crops. Understanding the origin of the pathogen and the conditions that encourage its spread can help farmers better prepare for and contain the spread of CDM in their fields.
The webinar, Managing Cucurbit Downy Mildew in Organic Systems in the Northeast, featured Christine Smart from Cornell University’s School of Integrative Plant Science. During the hour-long webinar, Smart offers methods for controlling CDM. [Read more…]