Are loggers knocking at your door? You need a forester, according to Rene Germain, PhD. A professor at SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry and certified forester, Germain presented “Importance of Working with a Forester to Meet Landowner Objectives” at the recent New York Farm Show. [Read more…]
An intensive two-day training workshop hosted by a team of leaders in the north eastern New York Ag industry, took place at Templeton Hall, Cooperstown, NY, where producers of all levels were instructed on preparing their products for marketing to wholesale buyers — especially food hubs, groceries, restaurants and cooperatives. [Read more…]
SYRACUSE, NY — Daisy Trowbridge has shown cattle more than half her life. Though that equals only six years, the 11-year old offered sound advice on breaking calves to halter at the New York Farm Show recently.
With her grandpa Phil Trowbridge along for moral support, Daisy addressed a crowd in the beef area of the Dairy building at the New York State Fairgrounds. [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…]
Ever stubbed your toe? If you have, you will clearly understand how that lame cow in your herd is affected by the throbbing pain in her foot — or feet.
The kick-off meeting of Cornell PRO-Dairy’s ‘Don’t Be Lame!’ workshop, held at the Talley-Ho Restaurant in Richfield Springs, NY, attracted a standing-room-only attendance. [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…]