State officers visit agriculture programs across New York

CEW-FF-3-State-Officers-3c1For the week of Sept. 18-26, the New York FFA State Officers traveled over 1,500 miles visiting agricultural programs all across New York. Two Greenwich seniors, Kaylah Gulley and Tricia Jordan, currently serving as State Treasurer and State Secretary respectively, participated in this tour. The National FFA Southern Region Vice President, Stephen McBride, from Tennessee, joined the state officers as they visited everywhere from John Bowne High School in New York City to Albion High School in western New York. [Read more…]

Ask the Lawyer: What is an easement, and how can it be created?

by JAY GIRVIN, Esq., Girvin & Ferlazzo. P.C., Albany, NY

October 2015

  1. What is an easement, and how can it be created?

A: An easement is a type of interest in real property and can be generally described as a non-possessory interest that allows the easement holder to use someone else’s land for a specified purpose.

One common type of easement is an easement that allows for the use of another’s property for purposes of “ingress and egress” — that is, to travel back and forth over someone else’s land. [Read more…]

Trick riding expert demonstrates skills at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show

CE-MR-1-PA-Horse-Show73941by Sally Colby

Many who attend the annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, go for the thrill of watching hunters and jumpers. On one night, the audience had an opportunity to watch a skilled trick rider demonstrate what it takes to ride a horse full-speed around an arena with no hands or legs for control.

Ashley Pletcher didn’t grow up in a horsey family, but received a pony by the name of Sugar when she was eight years old. “She came from the local amusement park, but she could run,” said Ashley. “She didn’t like to leave the barn, so I rode far away from the barn, turned around and ran full-speed back to the stall. I know now that that’s not a good idea.” [Read more…]

Whole farm nutrient balance

CW-MR-1-Nutrient-Balance11What is whole farm nutrient balance?

Nutrient management is a process of planning for manure and fertilizer applications to individual crop fields. Whereas whole farm nutrient balance considers the location and flow of nutrients onto, within and off the entire farm. Whole farm nutrient balance involves taking a step back and also comparing the amount of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) and other nutrients entering the farm as purchased feed, fertilizer, animals etc. with the amount of nutrients leaving the farm as milk, animals, crops, manure exports to other farms, etc. Such a comparison can help in determining the economic and environmental impacts of nutrient management on dairy and livestock farms. [Read more…]

Farmers and Wildlife: finding the balance

CEW-MR-1-Farmers-and-wildlife11by Tamara Scully

Wherever wildlife has interfered with man, we’ve seen the decline of targeted species. Wolves, coyotes, bear, mountain lion and other higher-level predators have all historically suffered a reduction in their natural ranges when their presence has caused livestock or crop losses. And, as the loss of forested and farmland acreage has accelerated across the country, remaining populations have been put in closer and closer contact with human activities, particularly in the densely populated portions of the Northeast. [Read more…]