Calf Scholarship Program is a 4-H’ers dream come true

CE-TM-1-Calf-Scholarship-1cby Richard Smith, former extension agent

Now that took care of the 2013, Saratoga County Fair and Caitlyn had the time of her life working with all the farms that exhibited show cows and surrounding herself with all the 4-Hers, even if she couldn’t show as a 4-Her. Caitlyn took everything in at the fair and participated whenever she could. I have been around the Saratoga County Fair long enough to know she was a special young lady and the 2013 fair was only the beginning of Caitlyn’s career. We had not heard the last of her yet. [Read more…]

George Atkinson

CE-MR-1-George Atkinson974by Katie Navarra

There is not a road in Columbia County, New York that 82 year-old George Atkinson of Livingston, NY, hasn’t delivered a horse, picked up a cow or transported sheep and pigs to or from.

Dubbed the “Critter Carrier”, Atkinson transported livestock, mostly cattle, sheep and hogs, for Empire Livestock Marketing, a livestock auction house, until his retirement in August 2014. “Our three daughters had been after him for years to slow down a little bit,” Atkinson’s wife, Cynthia said. [Read more…]

Ask The Lawyer

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

Q. I’ve allowed my neighbor to farm a portion of my property for the last 15 years. My neighbor now claims that he owns the land through “adverse possession.” Have I lost the land? [Read more…]

Critz family pitches in to run a diversified Central New York farm

CE-MR-3-Critz Farms3by Pat Malin

CAZENOVIA, NY — The Critz Farms produces maple syrup, grows blueberries, apples and pumpkins. It boasts a corn maze, a cider mill, a variety of farm animals, an annual music festival, a gift shop and even two enclosed playgrounds.

It’s easy to forget that raising Christmas trees is the farm’s bread-and-butter activity. [Read more…]

Oxen an educational mission for 50-year showman

CE-MR-1-Oxen-and-ed-1cby Kara Lynn Dunn

Herb Stacy of Lowville has worked with oxen for more than 50 years. He learned how to train them in a “five-minute lesson from my father,” he says.

“We were on the farm in Denmark, NY, and I told him I needed to move manure but could not afford a tractor or horses, so he said, ‘Use oxen.’ He told me to halter them and walk one at a time until they followed commands and then yoke two together. Once they learn, they respond to just voice commands,” Herb says. [Read more…]