A “Giant” win for cheese contest champs

CEW-MR-1-Giant win 1cCorning East High School, in Corning, NY, won the American Dairy Association’s “Just Say Cheese” school menu recipe contest with their entry, Kickin’ Buffalo Mac & Cheese. For their efforts, the school received a recent visit  from Sean Landeta, two-time Super Bowl champion and former National Football League player for the New York Giants.

Getting children to eat can be challenging at home, let alone at school. To get more children to participate in school meals, American Dairy Association asked school districts to get creative with cheese in its “Just Say Cheese” contest. The versatility and nutritional value of cheese helps schools serve meals that are healthy, appealing and popular with students — and sells more cheese for dairy farmers. [Read more…]

Finally, the truth about milk and milk products

For nearly 50 years, many dairy farmers have been waiting for some reputable sources to document and tell the truth about the real value of milk and list the reasons why the average American consumer should consume more milk and dairy products.

It makes you wonder where the advertising experts and research people have been. These are the ones that dairy farmers diligently continue to fund.

On June 23, the large Time magazine carried an eight page article concerning the safety of using milk and milk products. (yes, I said Time magazine!) The article was composed by Mr. Bryan Walsh. Walsh starts his article by saying “Don’t blame fat.” For decades, it has been the most vilified nutrient in the American diet. But new science reveals fat isn’t what is hurting our health. [Read more…]

Springfield, NY celebrates 100th, 4th of July Parade and festivities

CE-MR-3-Springfield Parade2by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Springfield, NY, a small town where the population is just over 1,300, where agriculture is showcased and family is still priority, has plenty of reasons to celebrate — and this 4th of July gave them one more reason!

“The Town of Springfield held its 100th Anniversary Parade and Celebration for Independence Day on Friday, July 4th,” said Deb Miller, parade committee chairwoman.

Miller said Springfield “hosted a crowd of thousands for this event while remaining true to tradition.” [Read more…]

Purposeful pasture pruning

CEW-MR-1-Purposeful pastureby Troy Bishopp

On June 9, 2010 my friend, grazing customer, mentor and fiercely independent farmer, David Huse tragically died when his tractor and mower were hit by a car on his way to help a neighbor.

At his funeral I recollect writing this passage: “A large, skylight provided a mottled scene over my friend’s casket, as I sat in the pew at St. Vincent de Paul’s Church in Cobleskill clutching a little farmscape card with the 23rd Psalm on it. I heard and felt the words from the pastor and David’s brothers, all the while looking up at the view of the sky in an attempt to hold in all the emotion I was feeling. It was during the singing of Amazing Grace that I noticed the portal filled with sun, shining through a crystal clear blue sky. My eyes and heart couldn’t hold back the flood.” [Read more…]

2014- 2015 Officers installed at Mohawk Valley FFA Banquet

CE-MR-3-MV FFA1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

State officers of the NYS FFA and officers from the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill FFA Chapter joined the Mohawk Valley FFA Chapter for the 76th Mohawk Valley FFA Annual Banquet and award ceremony on June 20 at the Oppenheim-Ephratah School.

In addition to awarding Discovery Degrees, Greenhand Degrees and Chapter Degrees, NY FFA 2014-2015 State Reporter Kait Isaac, who is also a Mohawk Valley member, reported on the Career Development Event (CDE) and competition, which took place in May at the NYS FFA Convention. [Read more…]