Starting out young

CE-MR-2-AADS-Wrights72771by Sally Colby

Two young girls arrived with their parents and other extended family at the All-American Dairy Show held recently in Harrisburg, PA, and knew they’d be spending a lot of time working hard to prepare cattle for the show. The young girls, 11-year old Madisyn Wright and her 9-year old sister Bailey, were with their parents Nicole and John Wright, who farm in Dekalb Junction, NY. [Read more…]

Penn State beef students roundup support for Beef Industry issues in DC

CDM-RP-1-PENN-ST-CAPITOL-011by Daniel M. Kniffen Ph.D.    

Eight students of Penn State’s Department of Animal Science Advanced Beef Production course traveled to our nation’s capital to speak with industry representatives and meet with legislators and their staff, Sept. 27th- 29th. The intense two-day trip was designed to help students understand the issues within the beef industry and observe the legislative process as they met with congressional delegations to explain the issues.
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Open gates ~ New York farm wins inaugural CAB Ambassador Award

CEW-MR-1-Open-Gates2c1by Miranda Reiman

Most cattlemen don’t find themselves displaying bulls in a suburban grocery store parking lot or hosting meat cutters in their pastures, but that’s become as routine to Phil Trowbridge and his son PJ as breeding cows or clipping sale bulls.

“Anytime we call Phil, and ask for anything —and we ask for some crazy things — he’s always game,” says Deanna Walenciak, Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand marketing director. [Read more…]

NYS Agriculture Commissioner listens to conservation district’s priorities

CEW-MR-1-NYS-ag-commissioner11by Troy Bishopp

AUBURN, NY — Richard Ball is not only the New York Agriculture Commissioner but is a long-time Schoharie County vegetable farmer. As such, when it rains, “You don’t feel as guilty sitting inside conversing with others over coffee,” said Ball. The deluge outside the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District provided some downtime to discuss issues for area farmers and their soil and water agency partners as part of Governor Cuomo’s Capital for a Day initiative. [Read more…]

It’s a beautiful thing

CE-MR-4-Beautiful-thing61by Troy Bishopp

ROME, NY — When produce farmer, Ron Wagner got on TV and on social media asking for help to harvest a monumental crop of squash destined for local food banks, little did he realize he would inspire a community.  “The epiphany for me was seeing the train of volunteers all working together for a common goal of feeding the less fortunate. It was a beautiful thing,” said Wagner. [Read more…]