PA Center for Dairy Excellence hosts Financial & Risk Management Conference

CEW-MR-2-CDE7by Jon M. Casey

While it might seem tedious and boring to some, for others, the desire to excel at financial risk management for dairy producers is becoming an essential component of a well-rounded farm management plan. Because the world of Ag finance is constantly changing, Pennsylvania’s Center for Dairy Excellence (CDE) has recognized the need for keeping the Ag finance and banking community informed of the latest in state and federal pricing policies. Accordingly, they have worked to help develop risk management strategies to help producers plan more effectively for unforeseen changes in the forces that affect dairy producers. [Read more…]

USDA extends Dairy Margin Protection Program deadlines  Enrollment continues through Dec. 5; comments accepted until Dec. 15

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, speaking at the National Milk Producers Federation annual meeting, announced extended deadlines for the dairy Margin Protection Program. Farmers now have until Dec. 5, 2014, to enroll in the voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. [Read more…]

New York Beef farmer receives National Grassfed Award

CEW-MR-2-Grassfed award2by Troy Bishopp

BERLIN, NY — At the sixth annual 2014 National GrassFed Exchange meeting in Columbia, MO, New York State’s own grazing advocate and beef farmer, Morgan Hartman of Black Queen Angus Farm in Berlin, NY coveted the prestigious Innovative Producer of the Year Award.

The theme of the conference and of the awards was land stewardship, providing consumers with healthy food products and helping others. Four hundred people from 40 states and three provinces of Canada applauded as Morgan graciously accepted his award, honoring him for making a difference in forage based agriculture. [Read more…]

Agricultural mediation


Agricultural mediation programs can significantly reduce resolution costs and personal angst for conflicts between agricultural producers, their creditors, neighbors or others directly affected. Benefits of mediation include significant savings over litigation, bankruptcy hearings and administrative appeals. Mediation can help repair relationships between parties, while the traditional legal process often leaves all parties financially burdened and emotionally drained. [Read more…]

16th World Percheron Congress — Superbowl of the draft horse world

CF4-MR-4-Percheron511by Laura Rodley

You want the best on your team if you’re planning on competing in the World Percheron Congress. When Jane Gray of Trippcrest Farm in Harrison, Maine wanted someone to train her horses for the event in 2010, she contacted Chad and Rhonda Cole of Pennwood Percherons in Center Hall, PA and secured them as her trainers. Gray’s horses won. [Read more…]