SYRACUSE, NY — On July 20, New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball and Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter toured a Byrne Dairy processing plant and a supplying New York State dairy farm to show the growing support and strength of the recently implemented New York State Grown and Certified program. [Read more…]
Cover crops are a key tool for managing soil health and fertility. Farmers that use cover crops in rotation with other crops can improve weed and disease suppression, improve soil infiltration, increase nitrogen and other nutrients and increase soil resilience during extreme weather events. Some farmers, both in organic and traditional cropping systems, have embraced the practice. [Read more…]
Farmers who use late-model, fuel-powered equipment for farm work might not think it’s “progressive” to use a team of horses or mules for pulling a brand-new field mower. But for those who rely on horses or mules for power in the field, there’s been a lot of progress. [Read more…]
CAZENOVIA, NY — The word of the day for Central New York farmers is RAIN. The monsoonal trend has frustrated farmers, flooded fields, pushed back planting and harvesting schedules and created the need for sunshine to lift morale back on the farm. The silver lining to this year’s moisture is abundant pasture production for those who use it to feed livestock. But how do you begin to manage such overabundance and reconcile a pasture plan with what nature throws at you? [Read more…]
As strange as it may have seemed a decade ago, milk fat is now an acceptable component of milk. Many registered dietitians have approved regular fat dairy instead of pushing for skim. They’re embracing butter instead of artificial margarine as well. [Read more…]
by Jay Girvin, Esq., Girvin & Ferlazzo P.C., Albany, NY
What liability issues are associated with the direct sale of farm products, and what can farmers do to limit their exposure to claims?
Direct farm marketing – that is, selling food and farm products directly to consumers without using an intermediary such as a processor, distributor, or retailer – is a common and well-established practice. It can take many forms, including roadside markets and farm stands, farmers’ markets, or “pick-your-own” enterprises. [Read more…]
As if the current tick borne diseases that citizens in the northeast have to contend with were not enough a new one is emerging to make life in the out of doors a bit more challenging. Lyme disease has been with us for several years and there are few residents who are not familiar with some of the issues that can arise from being infected with the spirochete that causes the disease. [Read more…]
Please be aware that Cucurbit Downy Mildew (CDM) has been identified in the Mid- Hudson Valley, specifically Dutchess County. This is a fast moving and very destructive disease as windblown spores from this infection site are a primary source of infection for other cucurbit plantings in the area. Spores are easily dispersed long distances.