Solar heating and barn expansion at Finndale Farms

CE-MR-2-Finndale-Farm21by Pat Malin

HOLLAND PATENT, NY — With some 800 cows, the sprawling Finndale Farms is one of the largest, most modern and efficient operations in the greater Mohawk Valley.

But the 50-year-old farm has faced one significant problem for years — steadily rising energy costs. Thanks to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Finn family is now incorporating renewable solar thermal hot water technology. [Read more…]

Birch: the other sap

CEW-MR-Birch21by Tamara Scully

In Alaska and Canada birch trees have been tapped for sap for centuries. In New England, maple syrup has been the prime product, although birch trees are also prevalent in many parts of the region.

For Bucky Shelton, a partner in Vermont Birch Syrup Company and long-time maple syrup producer, birch trees have become more than just another tree in the sugarbush. They’ve become a food crop, providing sap which is ultimately transformed into a versatile cooking syrup. [Read more…]

Dairymaster’s Latest Innovation Launched at World Dairy Expo

Dairymaster-Swiftflo-Commander-31As herds are getting larger there is less time for individual cow attention – during milking having access to the right information at the right time is essential. The Swiftflo Commander, the new brain of the milking parlor, controlling everything to do with milking, feeding and animal health has arrived! The launch at World Dairy Expo created great excitement especially after having won 2 major awards at the leading agricultural show in Ireland, the National Ploughing Championships. It offers a new level of intelligence that takes command of each milking unit within the parlor. [Read more…]

Planning begins with soil health

CEW-MR-2-Soil-health11by Tamara Scully

The USDA joined other global partners in celebrating 2015 as the International Year of the Soil. This initiative is meant to underscore the importance of soil as a living “ingredient” which is literally the building block of our lives.

Assessing your soils now, and amending them this fall, can provide the foundation for a healthy 2016 growing season. [Read more…]

State officers visit agriculture programs across New York

CEW-FF-3-State-Officers-3c1For the week of Sept. 18-26, the New York FFA State Officers traveled over 1,500 miles visiting agricultural programs all across New York. Two Greenwich seniors, Kaylah Gulley and Tricia Jordan, currently serving as State Treasurer and State Secretary respectively, participated in this tour. The National FFA Southern Region Vice President, Stephen McBride, from Tennessee, joined the state officers as they visited everywhere from John Bowne High School in New York City to Albion High School in western New York. [Read more…]