Rabies ~ fatal and preventable

CE-MR-1-Rabies11by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Farmers in New York State report seeing more raccoons, skunks and foxes acting strangely and lurking around their barns during daylight hours. [Read more…]

Promoting native bee pollinators in organic farming systems

by Katie Navarra

Honey bees are the most widely known pollinator species. However, recent research shows there are numerous pollinator species and that the more diverse the species the increased pollination benefits. “There are thousands of bee species, some are solitary, some nest in the ground, others in twigs and trees,” explained David Crowder, Assistant Professor of Entomology at Washington State University. [Read more…]

Farm safety: It’s a daily concern

by Tamara Scully

If you are a farmer, a farm family member or a farm worker, on-farm safety concerns you directly each day. The Center for Disease Control reports that 374 farmers and farm workers died from work-related injuries in 2012. And according to the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America’s 2015 Agricultural Safety Work Sheet, available at www.ashca.org , the farm, fishery and forest combined work-related death rate is approximately 480 per year. Those numbers indicate that farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. [Read more…]

Schoharie County’s 50th annual Maple Festival creates sweet memories

CE-MR-3-Schoharie-CO-Maple5by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

What could be sweeter than a day filled with sunshine, free live entertainment, maple syrup and all sorts of maple confections? Add in a parade and throw in some bounce houses and craft and food vendors and it all adds up to Schoharie County’s 50th annual Maple Festival celebration held the end of April. [Read more…]

The call of the mud

CE-MR-3-Call-of-the-mud21by Troy Bishopp

DEANSBORO, NY — Jack London said in his classic novel, The Call of the Wild, “There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life.”

The 2015 Daniel Barden Highland Mudfest held at MKJ Farm in Deansboro invoked a similar joy as runners powered their way through ice-encrusted water obstacles, muddy hills and grueling physical endurance on their way to the finish line in honor of a little boy’s life who tragically will never see a mud puddle again. [Read more…]