Grazing and soil health

ce-mr-2-grazing-seminar6327by Katie Navarra

On Sept. 21, Sheffer’s Grassland Dairy in Hoosick Falls, NY, hosted an on-farm workshop that was co-sponsored by the Hudson Mohawk Resource Conservation and Development Council, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Rensselaer County Soil and Water Conservation District and the New York Grazing Coalition. [Read more…]

Apprenticeship program educates on dairy

cw-mr-2-apprenticeship-program96by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

SENECA FALLS, NY — Want to learn or teach the art of dairying? Consider an apprenticeship program. A. Fay Benson, dairy support program educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Cortland County, presented information on GrassWorks Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship at Empire Farm Days. Newly begun in New York, the program seeks to teach anyone interested in dairying — but especially the next generation — about all aspects of pasture-based dairying. [Read more…]

Family Farm Days promote agritourism

ce-mr-4-family-farm-days12by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Agritourism is becoming more and more popular, with more farms opening their doors to the public, inviting folks in to see how things work on their farms and to be educated and entertained. [Read more…]

Farm Aid 2016

cf4-pp-farm-aid-3by Dan Wren
Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. It’s a great concert, but what’s in it for farmers?

For the past 31 years, musical greats and Farm Aid board members Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp,Willie Nelson and Neil Young (alphabetic order to avoid any discussion on who’s music is better), have produced a music and food festival to celebrate and support family farms and promote local foods. [Read more…]

Winter feeding strategies

cn-mr-53-1-winter-feeding-strategiesby Tamara Scully

“More cows doesn’t always mean more profit,” Victor Shelton, Grazing Specialist and Agronomist with NRCS, said. “It is due to increased cost, increased input, to maintain that number. More moderate stocking rates, usually are more profitable.”

Shelton discussed the relationship between carrying capacity, stocking rates, and winter-feeding costs in a recent webinar, “Alternative Stewardship Strategies for Winter Feeding.” [Read more…]