Ask the Lawyer: What steps can I take to improve farm safety?

by Jay Girvin, Esq., Girvin & Ferlazzo. P.C., Albany, NY

  1. What steps can I take to improve farm safety?

A farm is not a hazard-free work environment. Farm workers are routinely exposed to a variety of hazards that may present a risk of illness, serious personal injury, or even death. Every year, thousands of farm workers are injured and hundreds more die in farm-related accidents, making agriculture one of the more hazardous industries in the country. [Read more…]

Snug as a soil in a cover crop rug

cew-mr-cover-crop-rug1by Troy Bishopp

As the fall hastens and the outerwear protects you against the elements, your land is also in need of a comfy soil quilt to safeguard its organic matter and microbe family. Dr. Vandana Shiva, said, “In traditional agriculture, the soil is the mother. She’s the mother who gives, to whom you must give back.” Science has proven this “giving back” recipe for healthy soils includes covering the soil for winter with a cover crop blanket. [Read more…]

Dave Stanton Beef Farm

ce-mr-3-dave-stanton2by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

They call him “Lil’ Dave,” but there is nothing little about Dave Stanton. At 32-years old, and standing at 6’4” and about 250 pounds, Dave looks the part of a good, old-fashioned, western movie. And watching his farm employee Bryan Backus round up cattle on horseback lends credibility to the illusion.

Stanton’s raising a cross of Black Angus and Hereford cattle called Black Baldies, near Franklin, NY. [Read more…]

Farm Bureau shines in Chenango County

ce-mr-2-chenango-county-fb1by Troy Bishopp

GREENE, NY – “I believe passionately in the power of grassroots engagement,” said author Joan Blades.

In the heart of dairy country, Chenango County’s Farm Bureau President, Bradd Vickers is also an enthusiastic promoter of grassroots policy development and local decision-making, as he invited fellow farmers, friends and legislators to participate in their 61st annual meeting. [Read more…]

Rhinebeck festival celebrates 36 years of warm fuzzies

cw-mr-3-rhinebeck-festival7541by Samantha Graves

Since its inception in 1980 as a small gathering for sheep breeders, the New York Sheep and Wool Festival has swelled to accommodate hundreds of vendors and an estimated 30,000 visitors from all over the world. Today, NY Sheep and Wool is one of the largest wool-related festivals in the Eastern U.S. The event, presented by the Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association, was held Oct. 15 through 16 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY. [Read more…]