State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball on Sept. 6 joined Senator Pattie Ritchie, other state leaders, Farm Bureau President Dean Norton, members of the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (USDA FSA), and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County to tour several farms in Jefferson and Oswego Counties impacted by this summer’s drought. The group visited three dairy farms and a Christmas tree farm to assess the drought damage in the region and better understand the outlook and plan for recovery. [Read more…]
Peter, Suzie and the rest of the Jones family used to live in Massachusetts. But Peter and Suzie wanted to move to the country and become farmers.
“We wanted to get back to farming,” Suzie said. “It skipped a generation for both of us. My parents didn’t farm, his parents didn’t farm, but our grandparents did. It’s something we both felt the need to go back to.” [Read more…]
Autumn is the time of year many farms and orchards open their doors for farm tours, pick your own apples and pumpkins, farm days and other events.
A recent webinar provided by the University of California Small Farm Program in partnership with FarmsReach featured speakers Scottie Jones, Director of the U.S. Farm Stay Association, and Meghan Bishop-Sanderson of Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm, advising producers on how to get that coveted five-star rating. [Read more…]
A new revision of the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) will be enforced starting Jan. 1, 2017. “The revision of the Worker Protection Standard covers farmers, foresters, and other growers using pesticides on production agriculture crops.” Although there has typically been an exemption for immediate family members, “Even the owner and immediate family must comply with the new Personal Protective Equipment requirements,” stated Jim Harvey, PSU Farm Safety Extension. [Read more…]
SYRACUSE, NY — When one attends the Great New York State Fair, it’s almost impossible to escape the vibrant fragrancy of grilling meat. Nowhere is it more poignant than at Chevy Court for the annual NYS Beef Council’s Beef Day festivities paying homage to New York’s #1 protein source, local beef farmers, chefs, agri-business and consumers. [Read more…]
“All agricultural production is affected by climate and weather — even greenhouses which can control some aspects, but not all,” said Dr. Elizabeth Lamb, NYS Integrated Pest Management Program. [Read more…]
“There are three trout streams that run through our farm property,” remarked 3rd generation dairyman Richard Skoda. “So, Grandpa came up with Triple Creek for the farm name.”
Richard’s grandfather, John Skoda, bought the West Taghkanic- Churchtown, NY, property, establishing the dairy in 1922. He milked 20 head the good old-fashioned way. [Read more…]
“The physical characteristics of soil and the biological characteristics are every bit as important as fertility.” This was expressed by Soils Agronomist Mark Kopecky of the CROPP Cooperative during the first day of a two-day agronomy school at the Bird-in Hand Family Inn in Lancaster County Pennsylvania this summer. [Read more…]