Madison County’s Open Farm Day showcases rich diversity

CE-MR-5-Madison-Open-Farm-Day7by Troy Bishopp

MORRISVILLE, NY — It can be said that diversity enriches agriculture. This sentiment was a powerful draw to the over 5,000 visitors that participated in the 8th annual Open Farm Day throughout Madison County New York.

This year’s event organized by the Agricultural Economic Development Program at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County partnered with 38 farms and seven mobile extension specialists who provided a passport and mapping system to families interested in finding out more about their local farms and farmers. [Read more…]

Golden Acres Charolais Beef Farm ~ unique in Albany County

CE-MR-2-Golden-Acres1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Gerry Boone, owner at Golden Acres Charolais Beef Farm, located in southern Albany County near Westerlo, is practically a ‘one-man show’ — especially when his son Jack is away at college.

Boone’s wife, Dr. Laura Teeney, says Gerry is the farm’s “workforce.” [Read more…]

Senator Gillibrand begins hearing concerns for new farm bill

CEW-MR-3-Senator-Gillibrand48by Michael Wren

HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NY — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a listening session to hear and understand the questions and concerns of local farmers in the Hudson Valley in order to better represent them in the upcoming vote on the farm bill in two years. Gillibrand will be holding these events throughout New York. The event was held at Fishkill Farms where co-owner Josh Morganthau spoke of his recent changes to the farm, altering it from a traditional apple orchard to producing flowers, vegetable, fruits, and eggs. [Read more…]

Cows always tell the truth

CEW-MR-2-Cow-signals17by Sally Colby

Veterinarian and certified CowSignals® trainer Dr. Hue Karreman wants to help farmers do a better job with their animals under established organic rules. But what he teaches organic farmers applies to herds of all kinds.

Karreman explains the Cow Signals® concept, developed in Holland by veterinarian Jan Hulsen. “It bridges conventional, biological, organic, biodynamic and whatever you’ve got,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you have one cow, 10 cows, 100 cows or 1,000 cows. [Read more…]

Quality of life change at Law’s Holstein Dairy

CE-MR-2-Law's-Holstein-Dairy4by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“Our quality of life and the cow’s quality of life is 100 percent better!” remarked Kip Law, when explaining how the transition from a tie stall barn to a free stall barn had improved not only his herd, but also his family’s life.

Law is the third generation to be on the farm, which is located in Sherburne, Chenango County, NY. [Read more…]