Herkimer County Fair hosts many agricultural shows

CE-MR-30-3-Herkimer-County3cby Daniel Baldwin

The Herkimer County Fair in Frankfort, NY, was a fun and enjoyable experience for many people.   This fair had many rides, musical entertainment, art exhibits, and food vendors.

But while this fair served as another reason for people to do something fun during the summer, it was also a chance for local farmers to compete and win prizes. This fair also hosted many agriculture events from the day the fairgrounds first opened (Aug. 18) to the final day (Aug. 21). [Read more…]

Farmers transcend boundaries to become ecological doctors

CEW-MR-3-Ecological-doctors121by Troy Bishopp

ALFRED, NY — In the midst of a punishing dry spell that has diminished pastures, water bodies and farmer’s spirits, Grasstravaganza 2016 brought a 3-day temporary respite for the mind and even garnered a much needed rain shower. As featured speaker, Fred Provenza, stated, “It’s the hard times that force us to adapt and change”. [Read more…]

Elmhurst Dairy production plant closing impacts New York dairy farms

CE-MR-2-Elmhurst-Dairy-closing1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

On Oct. 30 the Jamaica, NY, Elmhurst Dairy processing plant will close its doors affecting “8,300 stores and 1,400 public schools,” while also impacting dairy farms across New York State.

“This development is only going to cause more market disruption to a market that is already suffering from a shortage of processing capacity here in the Northeast,” said CCE CNY Dairy Specialist Dave Balbian. [Read more…]

Bicentennial Farm Award Ceremony at Ag Progress Days

ROCK SPRINGS, PA – Pennsylvania’s rich agricultural heritage took the spotlight Tuesday when Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding recognized seven Pennsylvania families for their contributions to the commonwealth’s agriculture industry during Penn State’s Ag Progress Days in Rock Springs, Centre County.

Redding recognized the farms – which have been in operation for a combined more than 900 years – through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Century and Bicentennial Farm Program. [Read more…]