New York Beef Council grills up “Meat Your Beef” Farm to Fork Tours

CEW-MR-2-Meat-your-beef21by Troy Bishopp

Every May the New York Beef Council hosts four beef tours across New York State to explore beef production at the grassroots level. These “Farm to Fork” tours were designed to educate industry partners from retail, food service (distributors/restaurants owners and chefs), culinary instructors, extension educators and dietitians. [Read more…]

Insect Jeopardy!

CW-MR-1-Insect-jeopardy10391by Tamara Scully

The dozen or more attendees at Penn State Extension’s New Organic Vegetable Producers class — the second class in an ongoing series of five spring and four fall classes offered in the Lehigh Valley — were playing games. In this case, it was a game of “Insect Jeopardy,” designed to insure that they will know if crops are in jeopardy from insect attacks, what to do to prevent pest problems, and how to treat them. [Read more…]

GMOs: Distinguishing fact from fiction

By Mary C. Gruszka

Genetic engineering and genetically modified organisms can be controversial subjects. Growers often have to field questions about GMOs from concerned consumers, and it can be challenging to clearly explain what they are and how they differ from traditional cross-breeding.

So it was timely that the keynote speaker at the recent Empire State Producers Expo in Syracuse, Dr. Margaret Smith, Pant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University, presented a clear and concise overview of genetic engineering (GE), a comparison with traditional plan breeding, commonly grown GE crops, a review of scientific studies on the impact of GE crops and safety, and what to expect in the future. [Read more…]