Dealing with arthritis

CEW-MR-2-FARMER-ARTHRITIS_29301by Sally Colby

For production farmers, slowing down or taking a break from daily work when dealing with pain from arthritis is not always an option. “Taking a break requires a change in thinking,” said Amber Wolfe, AgrAbility coordinator at the Arthritis Foundation. “Farmers must accept that they have to take breaks.” Wolfe isn’t handing out advice without first-hand knowledge of what’s involved in production agriculture. [Read more…]

Milk prices

by Katie Navarra

Dairy producers received record prices for their products in 2014. Average pricing for the year within the Northeast Order Uniform Price (UP) at the Boston, MA Zone averaged out at $24.28 per cwt, the highest price paid over a 10 year period ranging lasting from 2004-2013. [Read more…]

Ask the Lawyer

by Jay Girvin, Esq., Girvin & Ferlazzo. P.C., Albany, New York

  1. What is necessary to establish a claim for defamation?

The old saying that “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is not entirely true. Untrue and disparaging words can and often do cause injury — ranging from hurt feelings and other emotional distress to actual economic injury. [Read more…]

What does OSHA have to do with agriculture?

CEW-MR-osha1by Steve Wagner

Government regulatory over-reach is rapidly becoming the norm — randomly challenged at best, it encourages more paperwork and, yes, more unnecessary regulations. One example is WOTUS (Waters of the United States). As this worst-case scenario slowly but surely finds legs, we can almost hear the hypothetical groaning. [Read more…]

The Egg and I

by George Looby, DVM

To East Coast readers, some of the issues that surface on the other coast are occasionally viewed with a mixture of amusement and concern and so it is with the housing requirements that California voters mandated for the laying hens living in their state and beyond. [Read more…]