High-risk season for HPAI

CE-MR-3-PA-AVAIN_08561by Steve Wagner

Insiders call it High Path AI. Yet, if it is high path, why hasn’t avian flu yet reached Pennsylvania? That was the question I put to PA Ag Secretary Russell Redding prior to his chairing of a town hall style seminar titled Preparation for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza [HPAI] at the Lancaster Farm & Home Center. “It is H5N2,” Redding said. “What we know at this point is that it does not like hot weather. [Read more…]

20th anniversary of Beef Day at the fair sizzles with pride

CE-MR-BF-2-Cook-off41by Troy Bishopp

SYRACUSE, NY — As fairgoers pushed their way through the turn-styles on Sept. 1 at The Great New York State Fair, their nostrils were immediately filled with the grilling smells of onions, spices and ground beef wafting from the Chevy Court pavilion. Yes, Virginia, it’s the 20th anniversary of Beef Day. [Read more…]

Untoward acceleration

by Troy Bishopp                                                                                                                                                                                       

CEW-MR-1-Untoward-acceleration11Back in 1959, French Agronomist and rotational grazing visionary, André Voisin, warned farmers in his book, Grass Productivity, that “untoward acceleration” was the greatest danger to rational grazing practitioners. You would think someone who has read one of the bibles of grazing management wouldn’t go down that laneway. It seems my complacency and optimism that it would rain, overshadowed the fact that I was about to hit the proverbial wall. Running into walls usually hurt. [Read more…]

New methods of vaccine production on the horizon

CEW-MR-1-VACCINES1by George Looby, DMV

Animal agriculture has long relied on the addition of antibiotics to increase feed efficiency and to aid in the control of low grade intestinal infections, especially in young animals. This practice has come under increased scrutiny in recent years as the human population has had to contend with the development of so-called super bugs which are resistant to conventional antibiotic therapy. [Read more…]

Frankenfield says ‘Tell your story’

CM-MR-1-GMO_06171by Steve Wagner

Taking center stage at the 2015 edition of Farming for Success, Andrew Frankenfield with the Penn State Extension, is also a produce grower. Frankenfield told those in attendance, “My customers want to know — ‘Is this Bt sweet corn or Monsanto sweet corn?’” After seven years, this is the first year he is actually not growing Bt sweet corn because, as he says, technology isn’t as effective any more and the seed is nearly twice as much. [Read more…]