“Marketing should be as painless and as labor efficient as possible,” Matt LeRoux, Ag Marketing Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension stated. He proceeded to elaborate by explaining that effort put towards marketing should result in something. Furthermore, he insisted marketing shouldn’t be complicated. [Read more…]
WATERLOO, NY — Spraying soybeans isn’t just about effective pest and disease control. Best management practices (BMPs) also include keeping spray where it belongs. Bob DeWaine, technology development representative for Monsanto, presented “Back to the BMPs of Spraying: Getting Ready for Dicamba Resistant Soybeans” at the recent Soybean Small Grains Congress 2017, hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team. [Read more…]
by Jane Primerano
The saying is “small is beautiful,” but it could be “small is profitable.”
Jean-Martin Fortier, owner-operator of Broadfork Farm in Quebec, is a firm believer in that.
Fortier was keynote speaker at the 27th Annual Winter Conference of the Northeast Organic Farming Association – New Jersey. He spoke about his success with the 10-acre farm he has been running for several years. [Read more…]
“These heifers are some of the nicest I’ve ever raised,” said Dave Stanton of Walton, NY.
Stanton has been in dairying for 22 years and says he started out with nothing more than a 9N tractor and a manure spreader. Now he is milking 55 registered Holsteins. [Read more…]
LATHAM, NY — When Indiana farmer and guest speaker, Blaine Hitzfield, suggested that adopting a new belief system in agriculture was needed for success, 140 fellow farmers took notice. “Timing is on our side, as the consumer is actively seeking an authentic story from their community. But will you change your position and climb the value chain in the market?” asked the marketing manager for the Seven Sons Farm operation. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
Success depends upon good management in every aspect of the dairy. The 2017 Operations Managers Conference, presented by Cornell University’s PRO-DAIRY program, and the Northeast Dairy Producers Association, focused on the topic “Precision Management: Merging People, Cows, Crops, and Technology,” with extensive presentations, panel discussions and keynote speakers addressing the many facets of management needed to make a dairy successful. [Read more…]
“I was fortunate to study agriculture at SUNY Cobleskill, and land a job in the agricultural sector at NYCAMH, but my family farm is one of — if not my biggest — passion,” declared fourth generation farmer John VanDerwerken, of Central Bridge Farms.
John and his dad Mark work together running the farm, with some supervision from Grandfather John. The farm, which is located in the heart of Schoharie County, is home to a herd of prime Aberdeen Black Angus cattle. [Read more…]
“I tell folks, ‘Look, I’m human. I’m just like you. Some of us try to work and farm at the same time,’” says Dwane Miller, Penn State Education Extension Instructor. “The year 2015 was a challenging year for us to make hay. I tried to make people guess what date I finished making first-cutting hay on our farm. That was July 24. And I marketed that as mixed hay. Anybody know why?” [Read more…]