Handling manure can be risky business

CM-MR-3-Manure-gasses16061by Sally Colby

Manure and the potentially dangerous gasses from manure storage and agitation are one of the inevitable aspects of livestock farming. The combination of working in confined space and a farmer who needs to keep moving can be lethal.

Rob Meinen, Penn State extension in the ag safety program, describes confined space as ‘large enough to enter but with limited or restricted means of entry and exit, and not designed for normal, continual occupancy by a worker.’ [Read more…]

A Picasso in the pasture

CEW-MR-3-Picasso101by Troy Bishopp

EARLVILLE, NY — Pablo Picasso said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” A NOFA-NY workshop billed as “Making Milk on Grass” found the true gift of pasture craftsmanship right in the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. A captivated audience of 70 farmers witnessed an exquisite canvas of beautiful cows, frolicking calves and diverse pastures at the hands and management of “Rembrandt” organic dairy farmer, Dave Stratton. [Read more…]

Dealing with arthritis

CEW-MR-2-FARMER-ARTHRITIS_29301by Sally Colby

For production farmers, slowing down or taking a break from daily work when dealing with pain from arthritis is not always an option. “Taking a break requires a change in thinking,” said Amber Wolfe, AgrAbility coordinator at the Arthritis Foundation. “Farmers must accept that they have to take breaks.” Wolfe isn’t handing out advice without first-hand knowledge of what’s involved in production agriculture. [Read more…]

Milk prices

by Katie Navarra

Dairy producers received record prices for their products in 2014. Average pricing for the year within the Northeast Order Uniform Price (UP) at the Boston, MA Zone averaged out at $24.28 per cwt, the highest price paid over a 10 year period ranging lasting from 2004-2013. [Read more…]

Ask the Lawyer

by Jay Girvin, Esq., Girvin & Ferlazzo. P.C., Albany, New York

  1. What is necessary to establish a claim for defamation?

The old saying that “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is not entirely true. Untrue and disparaging words can and often do cause injury — ranging from hurt feelings and other emotional distress to actual economic injury. [Read more…]