According to the Biodynamic Association, biodynamics is a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition. Biodynamic agriculture has been practiced since the early 1920’s. The principles and practices are based on the findings of Dr. Rudolf Steiner. Today, the biodynamic movement encompasses thousands of regenerative gardens, farms, ranches, orchards, and vineyards which all look for a more sustainable approach to farming. [Read more…]
Dairy farmers know the importance of colostrum to the newborn calf, and well-managed farms have established protocol for ensuring calves have adequate colostrum within hours of birth.
“Colostrum management is the most important thing you do with an animal in their life,” said Dr. Jud Heinrichs, professor of dairy science at Penn State University. “What you do in the first two hours of their life has huge implications.” [Read more…]
The largest farm equipment and service provider trade show in Pennsylvania is back and bigger than ever. The Keystone Farm Show returns for its 20th year Jan. 10-12, 2017 at the York Fairgrounds in York, PA.
New this year is another expansion of the show to a new building. Last year saw the addition of the Expansion Building (Building #9) that featured the show’s first farm toy exhibit. This area allowed both collectors and traders to shop, swap and showcase their extensive farm toy collections. [Read more…]
by Jay Girvin, Esq., Girvin & Ferlazzo. P.C., Albany, NY
- What steps can I take to improve farm safety?
A farm is not a hazard-free work environment. Farm workers are routinely exposed to a variety of hazards that may present a risk of illness, serious personal injury, or even death. Every year, thousands of farm workers are injured and hundreds more die in farm-related accidents, making agriculture one of the more hazardous industries in the country. [Read more…]
As the fall hastens and the outerwear protects you against the elements, your land is also in need of a comfy soil quilt to safeguard its organic matter and microbe family. Dr. Vandana Shiva, said, “In traditional agriculture, the soil is the mother. She’s the mother who gives, to whom you must give back.” Science has proven this “giving back” recipe for healthy soils includes covering the soil for winter with a cover crop blanket. [Read more…]
They call him “Lil’ Dave,” but there is nothing little about Dave Stanton. At 32-years old, and standing at 6’4” and about 250 pounds, Dave looks the part of a good, old-fashioned, western movie. And watching his farm employee Bryan Backus round up cattle on horseback lends credibility to the illusion.
Stanton’s raising a cross of Black Angus and Hereford cattle called Black Baldies, near Franklin, NY. [Read more…]
GREENE, NY – “I believe passionately in the power of grassroots engagement,” said author Joan Blades.
In the heart of dairy country, Chenango County’s Farm Bureau President, Bradd Vickers is also an enthusiastic promoter of grassroots policy development and local decision-making, as he invited fellow farmers, friends and legislators to participate in their 61st annual meeting. [Read more…]
Since its inception in 1980 as a small gathering for sheep breeders, the New York Sheep and Wool Festival has swelled to accommodate hundreds of vendors and an estimated 30,000 visitors from all over the world. Today, NY Sheep and Wool is one of the largest wool-related festivals in the Eastern U.S. The event, presented by the Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association, was held Oct. 15 through 16 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY. [Read more…]