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…]

Pretty pasture thieves

CEW-MR-1-Buttercups54881by Sally Colby

The sight of horses standing in a field of bright yellow buttercups is attractive, but buttercups in a horse pasture aren’t good. The presence of buttercups, especially an overabundance, signals the need for more proactive pasture management. [Read more…]

Tour draws visitors to Drover Hill Farm

CE-MR-3-Drover-Hill21by Pat Malin

EARLVILLE, NY — The authentic Victorian-era home that serves as a bed-and-breakfast is testament to the time-honored traditions at Drover Hill Farm.

The owner, William Lipsey, has raised registered Highland and Angus cattle for 33 years. The herds are pasture-fed with patience, and finished off “when they’re ready,” said his wife, Stephanie, meaning about 16 to 27 months. [Read more…]