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…]

Gabe Brown: Writing on the back of the check is better

CEW-MR-3-Gabe Brown1by Troy Bishopp

TOWANDA, PA — When North Dakota’s soil health evangelist Gabe Brown speaks: Farmers listen. They also fill fire halls and fields to visit with him about the finer points of regenerating soil, improving profit and actually having fun on the farm again.

The candid rancher spoke in front of over 150 farmers from three states at the Wysox Volunteer Fire Company as part of a 3-day soil health roadshow in Pennsylvania with Dr. Bernard Sweeney, Director of the Stroud Water Research Center and Norm Conrad from the Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). [Read more…]