Water for livestock

CM-MR-1-Water-for-livestock1by Tamara Scully

Summer weather is hot. What’s a better way to cool down than to wade in the stream, or jump in the pond? Just like people, cattle are inclined to access water sources on hot days. And just like people, this loitering around the watering hole can often decrease their productivity. After all, who wants to stand around and do the work of grazing when a nice cool dip in the pool with friends is on tap? [Read more…]

Creating the obedient horse

CW-MR-1-Obedient-horse7by Marilyn Munzert

We all want a horse that listens to us and obeys our every command. When you are schooling him, is your horse alert to your cues, and eager to follow them? Does he seem almost able to read your mind? [Read more…]

Aquaponics: fish and (kale) chips

by Tamara Scully

According to the experts at the Auburn University Schools of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, there is great potential for farmers rising to raise fish as livestock here in the United States. While production methods for fish farming can range from low to high intensity operations, it is the managed atmosphere of commercial production, where farmers can control every aspect of the environment, which offer the most potential. [Read more…]

Hemp: what’s the big deal?

CM-MR-44-2-Hemp8322by Sally Colby

Hemp has been grown as a crop for more than 12,000 years. “It’s one of the oldest cultivated species,” said Jeff Graybill, Lancaster County extension. “Most recently, it was a major crop in Kentucky before and during World War ll. During the war, it was difficult to get rope-type materials, so it was grown for fiber.” [Read more…]

Senator Gillibrand begins hearing concerns for new farm bill

CEW-MR-3-Senator-Gillibrand48by Michael Wren

HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NY — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a listening session to hear and understand the questions and concerns of local farmers in the Hudson Valley in order to better represent them in the upcoming vote on the farm bill in two years. Gillibrand will be holding these events throughout New York. The event was held at Fishkill Farms where co-owner Josh Morganthau spoke of his recent changes to the farm, altering it from a traditional apple orchard to producing flowers, vegetable, fruits, and eggs. [Read more…]