Building a good farm team — Part 1

CN-MR-2-FARM-TEAM_31by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Making a good hiring decision helps farm owners/managers and farm workers build an efficient, productive and happy team. David Hambleton has been the farm manager of Sisters Hill Farm in Stanfordville, NY for 16 years. He shared his experience with hiring, training and managing over 30 Apprentices in a workshop at the 2015 Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) Winter Conference. [Read more…]

SafeTalk suicide prevention training hosted by NY FarmNet

CEW-MR-1-Suicide-prevention1a1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Due to the long winter — and low price cycle — NY FarmNet hosted a SafeTalk suicide prevention training workshop for agri-service people.

The training session, held at Albany County’s Cornell Cooperative Extension and led by Sean Gerow, President of Access: Supports for Living, Inc., taught attendees signs to recognize and ways to respond to people who are at risk. [Read more…]

4-H helps keep the Joy in Joyce Farm

CE-MR-3-Joyce-Farm31by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

At Joyce Farm, third generation 4-H’ers, Katie and Shellie Joyce, of Glen, NY, are continuing with an agricultural legacy begun by their paternal grandparents in Dutchess County in 1967.

Katie, 14, and Shellie, 12, have an agriculture breeding program that experienced adult farmers would envy — thanks to their mom Dorraine and dad Gus’s support and background in the 4-H. [Read more…]

Conway Farms: a quiet model of manure management

CE-MR-3-Conway-Farms11by Pat Malin

TURIN, NY — John (Jack) Conway ran a modest dairy farm operation for two decades and seldom considered manure management. Around 1980, he constructed an earthen manure pit and it fit his needs for another 20 years.

When the next generation came along and expanded dairy operations, the strategy of manure management not only became more complicated, it needed to conform to newer state regulations. [Read more…]

The Upper Susquehanna Coalition receives U.S. EPA Environmental Champion Award

CEW-MR-2-Upper-Susq1c1by Troy Bishopp

New York City — The mission of Tioga County based Upper Susquehanna Coalition is to protect and improve water quality and natural resources in the Upper Susquehanna River Basin using an integrative, multiple barrier approach. The passion, partnerships and groundwork toward the goals since being established in 1992 are finally being recognized nationally and statewide. [Read more…]