“What are we creating?” Madison Co. SWCD/Upper Susquehanna Coalition Regional Grassland Conservation Professional, Grazing Specialist (aka the Grass Whisperer), Troy Bishopp asked attendees at the Otsego Co. Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) 2017 Soil Health Workshop. “What is the problem? There are numerous problems… Why does it matter? What are we doing with the pastures? What are we doing with crops and soils and biology? We’re burning them up by not keeping them covered. And then when they harden, you can’t get water infiltration. Can we change it?” [Read more…]
Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony on April 25 at the Supreme Court building. The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 on April 24. After Secretary Perdue took the oath of office, he addressed employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) before getting to work. On April 25, USDA launched his official Twitter handle: @SecretarySonny. [Read more…]
LIVERPOOL, NY — It may seem like your herd loves their feed more than anything, but according to Heather Dann, Ph.D, they’d rather rest than eat.
A research scientist with William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, NY, Dann said when overcrowded cows face the choice of eating or lying down, they’ll choose lying down. [Read more…]
Veterinarian Dr. Jessica Scillieri Smith, of Quality Milk Services in New York, says when it comes to foul ups in milking systems, there’s usually more going on than just the milking system.
“When we look at the herd to work on problems and trouble-shoot, we like to look at everything,” she said. “If a farmer says, ‘I think it’s the milking system’, more often than not there’s more than one thing going on.” [Read more…]
Stacey and John Grabski were mainly beef farmers before they had the idea to open a store on their property. Angus and Herefords were bred onsite and sold by whole or halves to customers. The farm was also home to horses that the Grabskis showed in Western Pleasure. [Read more…]
Farming can be a real balancing act — and with soil, that’s no metaphor.
Farms that concentrate too many animals in one area can cause problems for their soil if they have insufficient means of exporting the manure they produce, according to Karl Czymmek, Cornell PRO-DAIRY program senior extension associate. [Read more…]
by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
The best of dairy breeds including Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, Guernseys, Jerseys, Holsteins and Milking Shorthorns from several states congregated in the Toyota Coliseum on New York State Fairgrounds at Syracuse, for the four-day, NY 2017 Spring Dairy Carousel; known as the most prestigious and largest spring show in the northeast. [Read more…]
by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
Are genetically engineered crops and pest management a silver bullet in plant breeding or just another tool in the toolbox?
“As a plant breeder, this is probably the single biggest topics that people want to hear about,” explained Dr. Margaret Smith, Professor of Plant Breeding, Cornell University, School of Integrative Plant Science, Plant Breeding and Genetics Section. [Read more…]