When January rolls around, most people are still recovering from all of the holiday festivities and are looking forward to Martin Luther King weekend and an extra day off. If you’re a New York Junior Holstein Association member, you’re gearing up for the New York State Holstein Convention and three days full of speech competitions, dairy quiz bowl heats, rounds of dairy jeopardy and the much anticipated naming of the two state Distinguished Junior Member awards. [Read more…]
Are loggers knocking at your door? You need a forester, according to Rene Germain, PhD. A professor at SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry and certified forester, Germain presented “Importance of Working with a Forester to Meet Landowner Objectives” at the recent New York Farm Show. [Read more…]
An intensive two-day training workshop hosted by a team of leaders in the north eastern New York Ag industry, took place at Templeton Hall, Cooperstown, NY, where producers of all levels were instructed on preparing their products for marketing to wholesale buyers — especially food hubs, groceries, restaurants and cooperatives. [Read more…]
SYRACUSE, NY — Daisy Trowbridge has shown cattle more than half her life. Though that equals only six years, the 11-year old offered sound advice on breaking calves to halter at the New York Farm Show recently.
With her grandpa Phil Trowbridge along for moral support, Daisy addressed a crowd in the beef area of the Dairy building at the New York State Fairgrounds. [Read more…]
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…]