HAMILTON, NY — English Clergyman and writer, Thomas Fuller, inspired this belief in 1660, which is also a timely sentiment for our climate-changing environment. There was definitely some love to share as over 230 residents from Madison, Oneida and surrounding counties bought saplings from this year’s Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District’s 30th anniversary tree sale. [Read more…]
by Katie Navarra
Have you been contacted by solar development companies interested in renting your land?
Several solar development companies are recruiting land in the Capital District and landowners in the region are receiving proposals. “One company has mailed a blanket of proposals to landowners, highlighting possible land to rent on a map. Interested people needed to sign and return in order to express interest and receive a contract form,” said Sandy Buxton, with the Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program. [Read more…]
WEST WINFIELD, NY — It’s a beautiful day for a drive as I begin my trip to meet with this year’s Herkimer County Dairy Princess. As I arrive at my destination, Ellie Ainslie, the person who currently holds the title, meets me. As we begin our conversation I realize how well spoken and confident she is when talking about the dairy industry. Living on her current farm since 2001 Ellie is no stranger to working on a farm. Coming from multiple generations of dairy farmers she plans to always keep it as a part of her life. Whether giving seminars or working with a 4-H organization, she wants to continue the strong tradition of dairy farming and educating the general population on the subject. [Read more…]
This past month has been really busy! April 7 through April 9, 13 SUNY Cobleskill students traveled to Syracuse, NY to participate in the National Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge Contest and Academy. What is Dairy Challenge you ask? [Read more…]
Central NY Beef Producers, in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties, hosted a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) chute-side, hands-on, training session with Cornell Beef Specialist Dr. Mike Baker and Dr. Bill Johnson of Leatherstocking Veterinarian Services.
The focus of this training session was administration of subcutaneous injections as required for BQA certification. [Read more…]
SYRACUSE, NY — Thomas A. Edison said, “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; and third, common sense.” This approach represents District Technician, Jerry Boyd, in his day-to-day service to the residents of Madison County and beyond. [Read more…]
While dairymen traditionally have been tied to the farm to feed and milk the animals at regular intervals, the newest technology allows dairy farmers some escape from the clock. A recent workshop on dairy automation demonstrated that dairy farming has gone hi-tech. [Read more…]
On Saturday, April 23, four of the Capital District Region’s best and brightest 4-H members traveled to Cornell University to compete at this year’s State Dairy Bowl contest. Many of these youth have been practicing since late November and have triumphed through county and district competitions. [Read more…]