Support continues for farmer facing animal cruelty accusations

CE-MR-1-ROCKWOOD1by Branden Jaquays

Joshua Rockwood, the New York farmer who is facing multiple misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, appeared in Glenville Town Court on April 21. His attorney, Andrew Safranco filed a formal demand for discover evidence and a bill of particulars. “We need to see the evidence they believe they have, then we’ll make our summations from there about going forward.”

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Air blast sprayers: useful but difficult to calibrate

CN-MR-2-AIR BLAST2by Bill and Mary Weaver

Now New Hampshire and PA Extensions have a grant-funded calibration unit that can quickly and accurately measure the output of each nozzle on the sprayer. In Pennsylvania, the cost to the grower is $50 for the first sprayer and $35 for a second one. The rest of the expenses, estimated at $200, are paid for by grant funds supplied by the PA Department of Agriculture and the State Horticulture Association of PA. The calibration unit has eight cylinders, each with a quick-connect hose that connects to the nozzles on your air blast sprayer. “The unit does the job with precision,” says Dr. Kerry Richards, Director of the Pesticide Education Program for Penn State Extension. According to Richards, the grower can see on the unit which of his nozzles are ‘off’ and not working properly. “What’s at stake is your bottom line,” [Read more…]

New York farmers dodge a bullet on minimum wage increase

CEW-MR-1-Minimum wage1by Pat Malin

EAST SYRACUSE, NY — The New York Farm Bureau’s Fusion Forum on March 20-21 allowed plenty of time for networking and discussions with other farmers and ranchers.

Whether they operate a dairy farm or a cattle ranch or a farm that grows vegetables, the farmers shared a unanimous opinion (or more precisely, gripes) that the New York State Legislature does not give enough weight to the concerns of agriculture. [Read more…]

Dairy settlement denied in federal lawsuit

by Bethany M. Dunbar

BURLINGTON, VT — United States District Court Judge Christina Reiss has denied a proposed $50-million settlement in an anti-trust case filed by dairy farmers against their cooperative.

In a decision filed Friday, March 31, the judge notes that 35 farmers objected to the settlement, while 10 supported it. Objections noted that the settlement per farm would be about $4,000 per farm, an amount described by one of the farmers in a letter as “functionally irrelevant” as it is about “the cost of one tractor tire.”

One of the plaintiffs, Richard Swantak of Kortright, NY, said in a telephone interview he is hoping Judge Reiss will decide the plaintiffs can dismiss their attorney. [Read more…]

Mark your calendars for the April 25 SUNY Cobleskill 2015 Livestock Sale

CE-MR-2-Cobleskill-Sale1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Folks looking for well raised small livestock will definitely want to attend the livestock auction at the SUNY Cobleskill campus on April 25.

Technically known as the ‘3rd Colby Commencement Sale’, the sale will include hogs, sheep, goats, rabbits, poultry, Bob White quail and possibly a few fall born Angus calves. [Read more…]