Berry producers from around New York State attended Cornell Cooperative Extension Spring Berry Workshops to learn updated information about soil composition, pest management, herbicide usage, pruning protocol and optimizing control strategies. [Read more…]
Every May the New York Beef Council hosts four beef tours across New York State to explore beef production at the grassroots level. These “Farm to Fork” tours were designed to educate industry partners from retail, food service (distributors/restaurants owners and chefs), culinary instructors, extension educators and dietitians. [Read more…]
By Mary C. Gruszka
Genetic engineering and genetically modified organisms can be controversial subjects. Growers often have to field questions about GMOs from concerned consumers, and it can be challenging to clearly explain what they are and how they differ from traditional cross-breeding.
So it was timely that the keynote speaker at the recent Empire State Producers Expo in Syracuse, Dr. Margaret Smith, Pant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University, presented a clear and concise overview of genetic engineering (GE), a comparison with traditional plan breeding, commonly grown GE crops, a review of scientific studies on the impact of GE crops and safety, and what to expect in the future. [Read more…]
For years the critical question of antibiotic resistant bacteria and it’s relationship to the health and welfare of the general population has been debated and discussed at a variety of levels. Now the question has reached the highest level of government prompting President Barak Obama to issue an Executive Order to thoroughly study the problem. This order would appear to signal a significant shift in the thinking of those who have long been involved in studying the problem. For decades the addition of antibiotics to animal feed has been an accepted practice defended by animal scientists as having little or no impact on the possibility of antibiotic resistance. [Read more…]
When Dan and Susan Gibson purchased a farm in Hudson, NY, it wasn’t their intent to operate it as a working farm.
“We weren’t farmers, said their son Keith Gibson. “We used it as a place to ride our four-wheelers.” The family started to attend livestock auctions, and eventually purchased cattle. “If you have five animals, it’s fun. If you have 10, it’s still fun. If you have 20, it’s work, and if there are 20, we figured we’d better make it 100 and do something with them.” [Read more…]
A large turnout of folks attended New York Farm Bureau’s Feast East, which benefits agricultural education in New York State.
“Your support validates your understanding of the importance of agricultural education for consumers of all ages,” said New York Farm Bureau Foundation BOD Chairman/NYFB President Dean Norton in his message. “We must eliminate misconceptions and misinformation to allow agriculture to function effectively and efficiently, which benefits each and every one of us in our businesses and personal lives each and every day.” [Read more…]
Mastitis is the most common disease affecting dairy cattle. “Preventing mastitis is certainly important but identifying it is equally important,” said Ernest Hovingh, DVM/PhD, a highly visible presence at ag gatherings, he averages about 100 presentations a year, often more. His original topic at the 2015 Lebanon Dairy & Crops Compliance Day was ‘Objectively Investigating Milk Quality Issues’, but mastitis took front and center. After identifying mastitis, he says, “it must be properly managed.” Hovingh opened with a Socratic questioning method, wanting to know from attendees if they could tell from varied slides “whether or not this cow has mastitis”; if not, what could it be? [Read more…]
by Mary C. Gruszka
Running a successful farm business relies not only on technical skills in the field, but increasingly on internet and computer skills, as well as promotion and marketing savvy.
To help farmers and farmers markets increase their web presence and skills to better promote their operations, the Farmers Market Federation of New York launched a new website development program. [Read more…]