Though retired, Penn State Extension Specialist Tom McCarty is still the go-to guy for solving water problems involving pesticides and other potentially dangerous potables. A case in point, chronicled by a Penn State magazine, showed how McCarty successfully solved the plight of a woman who was being plagued by an unknown malady. This Harrisburg, PA, woman had been experiencing nausea, diarrhea and skin rashes for three years. No one could determine what was causing her ailment; best guesses indicated some sort of possible allergy. Consequently the remedy, in light of that non-professional diagnosis, was to try to purge the house of possible toxins by getting rid of plastics, clothing made with synthetic fabrics, chemical cleaners, and furniture with formaldehyde. Air filters had even been added to the house but none of those steps were of any avail. [Read more…]
The New York State Assembly on May 13 was considering A.1792A, sponsored by Queens County Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, which would impose factory style labor mandates on family farms. From New York Farm Bureau’s perspective, a vote in support of the so-called “farm worker fair labor practices act” is a vote against New York’s hard working farm families and the farm workers employed. Keep in mind; the advocacy groups behind this legislation include unions, college students, and downstate members of the Legislature who do not understand either the realities of providing food for our tables. [Read more…]
New York State Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda) on May 13 expressed his opposition to the “Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act,” a New York City-sponsored bill that would essentially doom upstate farms and agriculture. Giglio cited the unnecessary and negative repercussions of the bill, as well as the high cost of operating a farm in New York State as reasons enough to vote ‘no’ on the legislation. The Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act (A.1792-A) would create labor mandates, mandatory work hours and overtime pay, and additional regulations for farmers and their workers. [Read more…]
New York State Assemblyman David DiPietro (R,C-East Aurora) criticized a proposal by New York City liberals to regulate the farm industry right out of New York State.
“These downstate Assembly members are seeking to regulate farming right out of New York,” DiPietro said. “These members don’t come from the rural areas of New York and they [Read more…]
by Jay Girvin, Esq., Girvin & Ferlazzo. P.C., Albany, New York
Q. Under what circumstances may my private property be taken by eminent domain?
The power of “eminent domain” is the right of the state to take private property for public use upon the payment of just compensation to the owner. Some people understandably consider the idea that the government can simply take private property over an owner’s objection to be distasteful or even un-American. However, many public projects that we [Read more…]
Twenty-six Greenwich FFA members traveled to the 88th New York State FFA Convention in Albion, NY. Members joined 1,300 other FFA members from across the state to compete in Career Development Events(CDEs), receive their Empire Degree, Proficiency and Breed Awards, win scholarships, participate in workshops and tour agri-businesses. Greenwich FFA excelled! Easton Murray, Breana Scribner and Joana Wilbur won $6,500 in scholarships. [Read more…]
by Stephen Wagner
“Making silage is like making wine. An excellent winemaker cannot make fine wine from bad grapes. And a bad winemaker will certainly make bad wine from good grapes.” That was the opening gambit and theme setter from presenter Robert Fry, DVM, at a breakout session at Pennsylvania’s 2013 Dairy Summit. After graduating from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1977, Fry began a bovine veterinary practice on the Delmarva Peninsula. His career interest has always centered on production and health issues of dairy cows. In 1994, after years of working in traditional dairy operations, he was convinced that a healthy alternative was to manage and feed cows with the principles of Managed Intensive Grazing. To that extent Fry has become a partner in a grazing, seasonal breeding Jersey herd in Kennedyville, MD. He continues to practice [Read more…]
Hay can be damaged by rain, snow, wind, and ice if it is stored outside during the fall and winter. Round bales, on average, will lose up to one fourth of its nutrients when stored outside. If the bale was stored properly or inside, this can be reduced to only 10 to 15 percent.
How do you stack or store your bales? In a line so the twine sides touch or are they stacked. If this is one of the ways you store them, extra spoilage can occur at the places where the bales are touching because rain, snow, and ice gather at these spots instead of running off the bale. If you were to line bales up end to end, you will have less spoilage. [Read more…]