Progressive Agricultural Organization implores government officials to pursue Specter-Casey Bill

CE-MR-3-Progressive-Ag1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Government representatives from New York State Senator James L. Seward (R, C, IP), 51st Senate District, and U.S. House of Representatives Richard Hanna (R), 22nd Congressional District of New York, attended a press conference at Fitch’s Dairy in West Winfield on June 27, to hear the passionate plea of dairy farmers for support of the Spector-Casey Bill to help lift dairy farmers out of the pit they are in. [Read more…]

Navigating and negotiating permits and regulations key in promoting agritourism

CF4-GR--MR-4-NAVIGATING-PERMITSby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Opening your agricultural doors and inviting the public in to enjoy a day in the country touring your farm, picking their own fruit and vegetables, or other events to promote your farm and agriculture in general may sound like a great way to drum up business.

Did you know if you don’t make special handicap accommodations you can be sued (of course these suits always include attorney’s fees)? [Read more…]

Path to Profitability: Making organic dairying work

CW-MR-49-1-PATH-TO-PROFITABILITYby Tamara Scully

The Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative “Path to Profitability on an Organic Dairy,” workshop was held in Penn Yann, NY recently. Featured speaker was Dr. Larry Tranel, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Dairy Specialist. Originally organized to offer remote access via webinar, technical difficulties prevented that from happening. Fay Benson, Project Manager of the New York Organic Dairy Initiative Program (NYODP) is attempting to schedule another webinar with Dr. Tranel later this year. [Read more…]

Lucky 13 All Natural Red Angus Beef strives for excellence

CE-MR-2-Lucky-13-Rewrite3by Sally Colby

When Erin Hull’s husband David mentioned that it was hard to find a decent hamburger in central New York, his next comment was that they should raise their own beef cattle. Erin didn’t think much more about what he said, but was forced to take him seriously when he purchased 13 Hereford cows and brought them to their Tully, NY farm. [Read more…]

2016 National Holstein Convention Sale ranks highest averaging in history

CF4-CFPP-HOLD-FOR-ARTICLE-2016-National-Holstein9by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

2016’s National Holstein Convention, held this year at the Saratoga Hilton and the Saratoga City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, brought phenomenal results.

According to Patsy Gifford, Executive Manager New York Holstein Association, the “New York Charm ~ City to Farm” sale was “the highest averaging in history, with an average of $24,965 on 74 lots with a gross of $1.8 million.” [Read more…]