Dairy grazier showcases resiliency when Fred arrives

2021-09-28T10:46:35-05:00September 28, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

If you want to learn about the attributes of good grazing management, go on a pasture walk with a herd of farmers. But if you want to see real resiliency on the land, visit a grass farm when “Fred the Hurricane” blows into town and dumps seven inches of rain on the landscape. It’s an opportunity to appreciate and study how dairy graziers are building soil health, producing high quality organic milk and providing ecosystem services for their community in the face of weather events. (more…)

Owen’s goal: Bigger and better

2021-09-21T14:50:10-05:00September 21, 2021|Western Edition|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Although he’s just 11 years old and starting sixth grade this autumn, Owen Grefrath of Canandaigua, NY, has a lot on his plate. He had a very busy summer, showing at both the Ontario County Fair and the Great New York State Fair, and he splits his time on the farm between his dairy cattle and his beef cattle. (more…)

Cousins win at Wayne County Fair

2021-09-14T14:23:52-05:00September 14, 2021|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Showing is a family endeavor for cousins Paige Jacobson, 11, and Madelyn Reed, 6. The girls exhibited animals from Reedland Farms LLC in Clifton Springs, Jacobson’s grandfather’s farm. Their grandmother, Christine Reed, helped the girls at the Wayne County Fair. (more…)

Figuring out the digital transformation puzzle

2021-09-14T11:11:42-05:00September 14, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Enrico Villamaino

As a co-owner of a family farm operating in Illinois for nearly 150 years, Martha King is very aware of how profound technological advancements can change farm operations. “Obviously,” she said, “our farm has seen extraordinary changes over the past century and a half.” (more…)

USDA announces contract grower aid program

2021-08-31T09:55:59-05:00August 31, 2021|Western Edition|

Farmers who were previously ineligible for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) can now apply for aid thanks to collaboration between the American Farm Bureau, lawmakers and USDA. Up to $1 billion will be made available through the Consolidated Appropriations Act to livestock and poultry producers who suffered financial losses from Jan. 1, 2020, through Dec. 27, 2020. The American Farm Bureau first raised concern about farmers being left out of the aid package in May 2020 and has been engaged on this issue for more than a year. (more…)

Fair showcases farm’s herd

2021-08-31T09:49:36-05:00August 31, 2021|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Competing at the recent Wayne County Fair is one of the ways that the Schultz family of Marion, NY, can showcase their animals. Owned by Shannon and Shane Schultz, Ranway Farms LLC is a 400-acre operation raising 30 head of beef cattle and 20 head of pigs and milking 100. The farm recently added 15 Jerseys to their mostly Holstein dairy herd. Ranway also sells 5,000 small square bales of excess hay and grows corn, soybeans and wheat. (more…)

Farm use and production of biofuels vital to decarbonization

2021-08-31T09:54:52-05:00August 31, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

CANANDAIGUA, NY – Farming has long been associated with environmental concerns, including an operation’s effect on carbon dioxide. Tristan Brown spoke on the topic at the 2021 New York Corn & Soybean Growers Summer Crop Tour hosted by Catalpa Farms. Brown is a SUNY associate professor of energy resource economics at the College of Environmental Science & Forestry. He presented “Biofuels and Bioproducts and Their Role in Decarbonizing New York State.” (more…)