“Cover crops play an essential role in soil improvement as well as pest and weed management and biological nitrogen fertilization,” said Thomas Bjorkman, Professor at Cornell, specializing in Cover Crop Selection and Management. [Read more…]
ROME, NY — Former United States Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, said, “One out of every 12 jobs in the economy is connected in some way, shape or form to what happens on the farm.” That’s pretty good odds to look for career opportunities within agriculture. [Read more…]
Feeding dairy cattle isn’t as simple as following your nutritionist’s formula. That formula only works if the feed ingredients contain the nutrients expected, the ration is mixed properly, and the cows are eating everything, as prescribed. [Read more…]
Attendees of the Empire Alpaca Showtacular saw a familiar — though much bigger — face this year. Log Cabin Alpacas brought back a yearling that had attended last year’s event as a prematurely born animal, that was then along for the ride because she needed constant care. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
Delycia Hofmann, Department of Homeland Security, Outreach Division, encourages employers to use a program that’s free and relatively easy to use. She explained E-Verify is an internet-based system that allows any U.S. employer to electronically verify the employment eligibility of its newly hired employees. [Read more…]
MARTIETTA, NY — Want to breathe easier about OSHA compliance? Try a voluntary safety audit. Earlier this year, Volles Farm hosted a farm safety workshop featuring Keith Gillette and Michael Cappelli, supervising safety & health consultant and senior safety and health consultant, respectively, for the New York Department of Labor. [Read more…]
by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
“When we first started, it was literally one-half acre behind 105 Stone Road. That was the farm,” remarked Zaid Kurdieh of Norwich Meadows Farm, Norwich, NY.
That was in 1998.
Now, nearly 20 years later, Kurdieh farms around 100-acres of certified organic vegetables. [Read more…]
MARTIETTA, NY — Witnessing her grandfather die from a farm accident changed the course of Donna Hayley’s life. Now a consultant and trainer for the New York Department of Labor, Hayley was a farm girl of only 16 when she found her grandfather severely burned. His welding job ignited a fuel tank he thought was void of fumes. He passed away in the hospital burn unit from infection a week later. [Read more…]