Sorting through the proposed FSMA rule for animal food

by Sally Colby

Anyone involved with food production has likely heard about the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most comprehensive makeover of the nation’s food safety laws. With numerous listening sessions in the books and the comment period for the livestock feed rule drawing to a close, numerous questions remain unanswered. [Read more…]

Researching best practices for grazing farms

CEWN-MR-1-Researching best pracby Tamara Scully

While grazing practitioners use a variety of management tools to care for their land and animals, it can be difficult to quantify exactly how much benefit different practices make. Juan Alvez, PhD., of the University of Vermont’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture, has launched a three-year research study designed to see what differences, if any, a variety of farm management practices actually do make.

Quantifying management practices

The basis of grazing systems is grass. The quality and quantity of forage available to the animals is enhanced by a variety of management techniques designed to build soil health. Alvez is studying approximately 20 practices, on three very different grass-based Vermont farms, to determine the impact they have on soil health. [Read more…]

Agriculture showcased at NY Farm Bureau’s 2014 Taste of NY

CEW-MR-4-Taste of NY3by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

All aspects of New York agriculture were showcased at NY Farm Bureau’s annual Taste of New York Legislative Reception, held at the Empire State Plaza Convention Hall, where over 65 colorful and informational displays were exhibited.

“I believe this year’s Taste of New York event was one of the best yet,” commented Sarah Blood, Economic Development Marketing Coordinator for Schoharie County Planning and Development. “The variety of agriculture businesses and sectors was amazing! The collaboration among so many agriculture businesses and organizations brings out the best of the best in the industry.” [Read more…]

Corn and soybean growers have banner year

CEW-MR-1-Corn and 1by Sally Colby

With nearly ideal growing conditions in many segments of the Mid-Atlantic region, 2013 was a record year for production. According to Dr. Greg Roth, Penn State Extension, Pennsylvania corn growers averaged an outstanding 237 bushels/acre.

At the Professional Crop Growers Conference held recently in Lancaster, PA, awards were given to growers who achieved top yields. Because the measurement of crop yields over a period of years is a better accurate indicator of overall performance than just one year’s yield, participants in the state’s Corn Club are recognized for three-year average performance.