New York conservation partners commit to 5-year agreement

CEW-MR-1-NYS-Conservation-1by Troy Bishopp

SYRACUSE, NY — Motivational speaker, Tony Robbins said, “There’s no abiding success without commitment.” At the 2016 New York Conservation District Employees Association’s Water Quality Symposium, four leaders from the national, federal, state and local conservation organizations put their autographs on a celebratory Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) committing to work collaboratively on New York’s environmental stewardship goals. [Read more…]

NY Farm Bureau 2016 Taste of NY Legislative Reception ~ Bigger than ever!

CE-MR-3-Taste-of-NY-14by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

FFA, 4-H and other agriculturally involved youth, and producers of every kind, showed up in full force to take part in NY Farm Bureau’s 2016 Taste of NY Legislative Reception in Albany, NY.

“We have a larger contingency of 4-H and the FFA than we’ve ever had in the past,” commented New York Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Education Managing Director Sandra Prokop. [Read more…]

Farm Truck Inspection

CE-MR-1-Farm-Truck-Inspectio1n2by Katie Navarra

Properly licensed, maintained and insured slow moving farm vehicles have an equal right to be on the roadway as other motorists. Even though farm equipment has access to roads, there are a number of regulations and exemptions that farm business owners must be aware of.

In advance of the spring season, Kirk Shoen, Extension Resource Educator, Farm Business Management/Dairy for Saratoga Cooperative Extension, organized a Farm Truck Inspection Day to help farm owners understand the laws associated with farm vehicles. New York State Trooper John Peck, from Troop G in Latham, was on hand to offer advice and answer questions. [Read more…]

Pennsylvania farmers visit Capitol Hill to discuss critical issues impacting agriculture with PA’s Congressional Delegation

CDM-27-3-PA-farmers-visit13WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 150 members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) traveled to Washington D.C. seeking support from Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation on critical issues impacting agriculture.The farmers met with lawmakers and legislative staff to discuss a wide variety of topics, including the urgent need to establish a national standard to oversee the labeling of genetically modified food and legislation to force the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw a rule that would dramatically expand regulations over farmland. [Read more…]

Soil health and emerging disease management stressed at NY CCE 2016 Corn Day

CEW-MR-1-Corn-Day11by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

A projected 2016 forecast for lower net farm income resulting from a fall in crop cash receipts is cause for farmers to become more aware of ways to offset declines in farm revenues through vigilance in the field. Field corn is reportedly New York’s highest net-value crop, estimated to occupy over a million acres statewide, and a full house at CNY CCE’s 2016 Corn Day testified to the level of interest crop farmers have in learning of ways to protect and better corn crops. [Read more…]