I remember it well. It was 6 a.m. on June 11, 2015 when my friend and young farmer, John Suscovich, announced to the world on his 75th Farm Marketing Solutions Podcast, that he was having an emotional meltdown and heading into the thralls of depression. As he divulged his inner pain, a wave of tears dripped onto my keyboard, partly from my empathy for him but also from the release that, I too, suffer from the “Burning candles at both ends” syndrome. [Read more…]
Darla Romberger grew up on a crop and beef farm in Schulkill County, Pennsylvania and her family operates a feed mill. Today, Romberger teaches Ag at Cumberland Valley High School, and says it’s disheartening to find a quick internet search reveals numerous tractor accidents. “The more human error we can eliminate, the better we do,” said Romberger. “When you aren’t paying attention, that’s when bad things happen.” [Read more…]
May is Beef Month! And combating hunger has become a goal of the New York Beef Council (NYBC), with NY beef producers stepping up to take part in the 2017 NYBC Farm to Food Bank Initiative.
Since April 24 auction markets throughout New York State have been assisting NYBC in promoting the Farm to Food Bank Initiative. [Read more…]
by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
Controlling disease challenges many organic growers. The University of Vermont Extension presented “High Glucosinolate Mustard as an Organic Biofumigant in Vegetable Crops” as a webinar recently in partnership with eOrganics. Dr. Heather Darby, professor and University of Vermont Extension representative, Abha Gupta, crops and soils coordinator with the University of Vermont Extension, and Katie Campbell-Nelson, a University of Massachusetts Cooperative Extension agent, presented the webinar. [Read more…]
Pennsylvania can count itself lucky in the matter of spreading high path avian influenza; it has not yet reached the commonwealth. Bird flu is never inevitable. It’s the luck of the draw.
Bird flu could wind up in any state from Maine to New York to Virginia. [Read more…]
“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…]