CAZENOVIA, NY — The word of the day for Central New York farmers is RAIN. The monsoonal trend has frustrated farmers, flooded fields, pushed back planting and harvesting schedules and created the need for sunshine to lift morale back on the farm. The silver lining to this year’s moisture is abundant pasture production for those who use it to feed livestock. But how do you begin to manage such overabundance and reconcile a pasture plan with what nature throws at you? [Read more…]
As strange as it may have seemed a decade ago, milk fat is now an acceptable component of milk. Many registered dietitians have approved regular fat dairy instead of pushing for skim. They’re embracing butter instead of artificial margarine as well. [Read more…]
by Jay Girvin, Esq., Girvin & Ferlazzo P.C., Albany, NY
What liability issues are associated with the direct sale of farm products, and what can farmers do to limit their exposure to claims?
Direct farm marketing – that is, selling food and farm products directly to consumers without using an intermediary such as a processor, distributor, or retailer – is a common and well-established practice. It can take many forms, including roadside markets and farm stands, farmers’ markets, or “pick-your-own” enterprises. [Read more…]
As if the current tick borne diseases that citizens in the northeast have to contend with were not enough a new one is emerging to make life in the out of doors a bit more challenging. Lyme disease has been with us for several years and there are few residents who are not familiar with some of the issues that can arise from being infected with the spirochete that causes the disease. [Read more…]
Please be aware that Cucurbit Downy Mildew (CDM) has been identified in the Mid- Hudson Valley, specifically Dutchess County. This is a fast moving and very destructive disease as windblown spores from this infection site are a primary source of infection for other cucurbit plantings in the area. Spores are easily dispersed long distances.
FLOYD, NY — Poet William Matthews wrote, “What matters is that a soldier has a sword of dazzling finish, of the keenest edge, and finest temper, if he has never learned the art of fence.” In today’s farming vernacular, learning the art of fence stimulates livestock management, insures safety, protects water quality, produces local food and saves money for those who have the passion to build their own. [Read more…]
Connie Louise Frasier of Mohawk, NY, was crowned Herkimer County’s 2017-2018 Dairy Princess during the 54th annual pageant on April 28, 2017.
The 16-year-old, barrel-racing daughter of Harvey and Connie Frasier, grew up on a certified organic grass fed dairy and says one of the reasons she pursued the Dairy Princess title was to support her family. [Read more…]
Building soil health is what Jim Hershey says the PA No-Till Alliance is focusing on. Hershey recently chaired a Farming for Success seminar at Penn State’s SEAREC unit near Lancaster, PA.
“Planting green,” he says, “is a relatively new practice. [Read more…]