Mohawk Valley FFA hosts 13th annual Farm Toy Show

CE-MR-2-Mohawk FFA Toy Show2aby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Tractors, trucks, hay wagons and a vast variety of other toy farm equipment, including implements, bulldozers and bucket loaders covered the tables that 15 vendors had spread out, filling the gym at St. Johnsville’s high school on April 12.

The Mohawk Valley FFA was holding their 13th annual Farm Toy Show and fathers, sons, and grandfathers had all turned out for the event. [Read more…]

Deconstructing lameness in dairy cows

C4-MR-2-LAMENESSPart 1: hoof anatomy and how lameness happens

by Sally Colby

Dr. Ernest Hovingh, extension veterinarian, Penn State University, echoes what dairy farmers already know:  that lameness in dairy cattle is an important problem in the industry. In addition to affecting reproduction, milk production and overall health, lameness is a true animal welfare issue that must be addressed. [Read more…]

Acting Commissioner Ball speaks on New York Ag opportunities

CEW-MR-2-Commissioner Ball254by Steven E Smith

“Here in Upstate New York, our agricultural industry is just hours from one of the largest appetites in the country. While Upstate economy is uneasy, it is the economic engine of agriculture that can be a difference maker,” stated the NY State Acting Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets Richard Ball. Ball was the featured speaker at the SUNY Cobleskill 2nd Presidents Roundtable Breakfast hosted by Acting President Debra Thatcher on April 2. Ball, who was named to the position at the beginning of 2014, shared some of actions that the department is taking to enable the state’s agricultural industry. [Read more…]