With chronic opposition to President Donald Trump from seemingly all quarters, it’s hard to believe that there are people who voted for him, handed him the White House, and are pleased with his whirlwind agenda of carrying out his campaign promises. During the campaign, when it appeared that Trump was lagging behind Hillary Clinton, “he told everybody that he had a secret,” Colin Woodall remembers. [Read more…]
You may think skim milk tastes “watery” but water comprises approximately 87 percent of the milk right out of the teat. That’s why Curt A. Gooch, dairy environmental systems engineer with Cornell University’s PRO-DAIRY program, feels it’s so important to ensure herds receive sufficient water to stay healthy and produce at their optimal level. [Read more…]
The Sifford family’s beef herd isn’t the largest in the state, but it’s serving an important purpose for the young women who own the animals.
Rosemary and Steve Sifford and their daughters raise cattle on their farm in Snow Camp, NC. Rosemary explains that their two older daughters, Madison and Salem, own the animals in the herd, and are responsible for their care as well as making breeding decisions and preparing them for shows and sales. [Read more…]
Air emissions from livestock farms can cause animal and human health concerns which typically impact the immediate farm surrounds, but do not occur in high enough concentration to be of health concerns off-farm. But when emissions, such as particulate matter and ammonia, settle out of the air, impact to the soil and water occurs. [Read more…]
LANCASTER, PA — Entomologist John Tooker, a Penn State extension specialist, told his audience at Lancaster’s Farm and Home Center, pesticides are made to limit life. He added, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) should be your guideline on what pesticides to use. Tooker started by reminding them prairies, which used to dominate the midwest, were the predecessor of agriculture. Herbivore outbreaks are rare in prairies. [Read more…]
Among the most important employees on livestock farms are traditionally the herding dogs.
The bumper sticker that reads “My Border Collie is smarter than your honor student,” is popular and, according to farmers, true. [Read more…]
Agronomy Educator Jeff Graybill, with Lancaster’s Penn State Extension, thought because of suppressed milk prices, a good first topic for Lancaster County’s Crop Conference should center on managing farm finances. Darin Miller, regional lending manager with MidAtlantic Farm Credit, did the honors. The farm credit system has actually been in existence for 100 years as of last summer. “Like all of you, Farm Credit has felt the pinching Ag economy,” Miller said; “we’ve been experiencing lower margins for the past 12 to 18 months.” Farmers have not been as profitable as they’d like to be due to the carryover from 2014. [Read more…]
In the 30th anniversary year of Community Supported Agriculture, Elizabeth Henderson of Peacework Organic CSA in Wayne County, NY, and other long-time CSA farmers decided to draw up a charter to provide a definition of Community Supported Agriculture. [Read more…]