For many farmers, especially small, family-owned operations, buying new equipment is not always economically feasible. This can present problems for farmers since they could be working off older equipment. This equipment can become unsafe and inefficient.If farmers were able to have more money in their tax returns, they could then put that money toward newer, safer vehicles and equipment.At a recent press conference at Hudson River Tractor Company in Fultonville, NY, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced plans to change federal tax incentives for farmers. His goal with these changes is to cut costs and raise profits for farmers across America.
by Tamara Scully
It’s been almost three years since the original proposed Rules for Produce Safety and the Preventative Controls for Human Food, both portions of the 2011 Food Safety and Modernization Act, designed to prevent food-borne illnesses, were unveiled. Since that time, stakeholder input has led to re-evaluation and clarification of several provisions in both of these rules. Final FSMA regulations include some key changes from the original proposals. [Read more…]
“My day job is a nurse,” said Sandy Reyburn, the District 3 Representative of the PA Farm Bureau’s Women’s Committee. She was speaking at a PFB annual meeting seminar that focused on confined special hazards, “I see multiple things that come past me and I can’t stress enough how important safety is, how we have to be prepared on our family farms.” [Read more…]
Kennedy has been involved with farming her entire life. She was born and raised on a dairy farm, began milking cows as an eight-year-old and continues to be a vital member on the family farm today. [Read more…]
Safety with Farm Animals
Few farm people look upon their livestock as a source of danger. However, a number of serious injuries and deaths occur every year as a result of –animal-related accidents. Agricultural specialization has changed animal handling methods in recent years. The large size of many herds makes safety awareness imperative to efficient farm operation. [Read more…]
Kallie Jaquay and her horse Andy recently made the 33 hour drive from Hamilton, NY to Rock Springs, WY to represent New York at the High School National Finals Rodeo. To qualify for Nationals, you must be in the top four in the event in your state. There were over 1,700 competitors from 45 states and Canadian provinces, including a team from Australia. Kallie and Andy ran in the Barrel Racing, Pole Bending and Queen contest. [Read more…]
A team of 4-H’ers from Centre County represented Pennsylvania at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference held November 18-19 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, KY. The team placed second overall in the Poultry Judging Contest, just 1.3 points (out of 4500) behind first place winner Georgia. Pennsylvania was first in the Market Egg Division, second in Production Hens and Oral reasons Division and fourth in the Market Poultry Division.
by Katie Navarra
Nearly 14.3 percent of the total carrot crop acreage in the United States is grown in organic farming systems. “Carrots are a significant organic production vegetable component in U.S. agriculture,” said Micaela Colley, executive director and research education director for the Organic Seed Alliance.
Given the crop’s importance in organic agriculture, carrots are the focus of a nationwide project aimed at addressing critical needs of organic farmers. The collaborative includes researchers from around the country with specialties in multiple disciplines. The group is working together to develop and identify carrot varieties with improved nematode and disease resistance, increased nutritional value and flavor and improved weed competitiveness. [Read more…]