The link between biodiversity and organic agriculture

CW-MR-3-BIOD-C3C1by Karl H. Kazaks

NRCS recently hosted an online program on the importance of biodiversity to agriculture and how organic agriculture tends to support increased biodiversity. The event was part of a series exploring the environmental benefits of organic agriculture.

The occasion was part of the USDA’s broader effort to educate the agriculture community and the public at large about organic agriculture, with the aim to increase organic production. [Read more…]

Read the label, and read it again

by Sally Colby

“The FDA is responsible for the regulation of all human and animal drugs in this country,” said Dr. Troy Brick, assistant professor in preventive medicine at the Ohio State University. “Their primary responsibility is to the public. They need to make sure that the food supply is safe, and they feel that in some instances, the use of antibiotics in our animals is contributing to resistance in some bacteria. I would argue that I do not believe that the literature agrees with that — there are arguments on both sides.” [Read more…]

Surfer Dude reigns

CN-MR-3-SURFER-DUDE_1651by Laura Rodley

There are horses throughout history that gain notoriety, living on in people’s hearts long after they’re gone. Roy Roger’s horse Trigger comes to mind, as does Misty — a wild pony made famous in the 1947 children’s book Misty of Chincoteague, penned by Marguerite Henry. Another, a possible descendant of Misty, is Surfer Dude; a stallion born and raised on the Island of Assateague, one of the few stallions that guard the north and south herds on Assateague Island — a federal reserve for wild horses. [Read more…]

Three Day Master Food Preservation Workshop

CEW-MR-3-Food-preservation31by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Folks traveled from Boston, Connecticut, New York City, Rochester and many places in-between, to meet at SUNY Cobleskill’s Culinary Arts Lab to participate in Cornell Cooperative Extension’s ‘Three Day Master Food Preservation Workshop’ taught by Cornell Cooperative Extension Home Food Preservation experts Judy Price and Katherine Humphrey. [Read more…]

Central NY Beef Breeders looking to pool calves for December sale

CEW-MR-2-CNY-BEEF-BREEDERS-011by Branden Jaquays

Ron Maidens had been a dairy farmer the majority of his life, going into partnership with his brother Etsel in 1963. “When I started in the dairy business I didn’t know much, I was just a kid out of high school,” he fondly remembers, “I didn’t know anything, I had a good county agent and I was self taught.” Originally from West Virginia, Ron and his brother “farmed three states”, as he puts it – West Virginia, Pennsylvania and now New York. Ron and his wife raised 7 children, his brother, 5 — and they did it milking cows for nearly 50 years. [Read more…]