Ask the Lawyer

by JAY GIRVIN, Esq., Girvin & Ferlazzo. P.C., Albany, NY

Q. If I’ve received an agricultural assessment exemption in the past, what are the consequences if I convert the property to a nonagricultural use going forward?

A. As local assessors are working to complete their final assessment rolls for the coming year, this is a good time to review agricultural assessment exemptions and to address what happens if land previously afforded an exemption is converted to a nonagricultural use. [Read more…]

Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill caters to small flock, fiber producers

CE-MR-3-Battenkill Fibers4by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

At a time when more small business are being pushed aside to make room for larger ones, Mary Jeanne Packer’s carding and spinning mill is an exception.

Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill is targeted toward the small flock farmer and is prepared to accommodate them.

“Mary Jean has created a mill to process fiber from small flocks like mine,” said Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk. [Read more…]

More in common than not

CM-MR-3-CzechVisitors2by Sally Colby

In early 2013, Joy Hess, the herdsman for her family’s JoBo Holstein Farm, decided it would be a good idea to start a Facebook page for the farm. Nearly every evening, Joy posts photos and tidbits of information about the farm, including new calves, planting and harvest, cow management, general dairy farm life and the accomplishments of the youngest family members at shows and sales.

Joy is somewhat surprised that more than 1,000 followers are interested in what happens on the family farm, but not as surprised as when she was contacted by someone in the Czech Republic expressing interest in visiting the farm as part of a farm tour. [Read more…]

NYS Police host clinic for farm equipment usage on New York State roads

CEW-MR-1-NYS police2by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Farmers from around New York attended an informative meeting addressing farm equipment and New York State updated traffic safety laws, during a clinic held at Al and Linda LaRue’s Farm Shop Facility in Charlton, Saratoga County.

Trooper Christine Bornmann of the New York State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit informed attendees about the use of farm tractors and implements and towing of farm wagons on New York State roads. Large farm truck information was also discussed. [Read more…]