NYS’s new Ag Commissioner Ball aims to boost opportunities for upstate farmers

CEW-MR-2-NY Ag comissioner2by Pat Malin

LIVERPOOL, NY — Richard Ball’s fruit and vegetable farm in Schoharie County seems to give him a good view of the landscape of both upstate and downstate New York.

The Town of Schoharie is situated in the Southern Tier, south of Canajoharie and east of Schenectady. More significantly, Schoharie Valley Farms is just 36 miles west of the state capital, where Ball will soon be commuting to his new job. [Read more…]

Keystone Farm Show 2014 gives warm welcome to farmers from across the Mid-Atlantic region

CDM-PP-Keystone 10by Jon M. Casey

Despite record cold temperatures the opening day of the 2014 Keystone Farm Show, farmers from across the Mid-Atlantic region headed to the York Fair Grounds in York, PA for this year’s 17th annual event, Jan. 7-9. The Keystone Farm Show, often described as “The farm show for farmers,” is an event designed expressly with farmers and their families in mind. [Read more…]

Native warm season grass benefits: forage, hay, biofuel, wildlife

CEW-MR-1-Native grassesby Tamara Scully
Native warm season grasses are playing a growing role in pasture management. These multi-use grasses are a primary way of establishing and maintaining wildlife habitat, are used for biofuel, and are being promoted for use under drought conditions. Recent research at the University of Tennessee’s Center for Grasslands Management has demonstrated that native warm season grasses are a viable and profitable alternative for grazing and forage systems in the Northeastern United States. [Read more…]

FDA ruling on antibiotics in animal feed

by George Looby, DVM

For decades there has been a strong difference of opinion among various vested groups regarding the merits of adding antibiotics to animal feeds for the purpose of increasing feed efficiency and minimizing the effects of possible low grade infections especially in young growing animals. Animal scientists and those engaged in food animal production have long held that the economic benefits of feed additives outweigh any possible adverse effects to the consumer. Many consumers on the other hand view the use of antimicrobials in animal feed as leading to increased microbial resistance to those important antibiotics used on a regular basis in human medicine, leading to greater resistance. [Read more…]