Farm Aid 2016

cf4-pp-farm-aid-3by Dan Wren
Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. It’s a great concert, but what’s in it for farmers?

For the past 31 years, musical greats and Farm Aid board members Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp,Willie Nelson and Neil Young (alphabetic order to avoid any discussion on who’s music is better), have produced a music and food festival to celebrate and support family farms and promote local foods. [Read more…]

Carriage Racing: One of the newest driving sports in the U.S.

cm-mr-48-2-carriage-racing-85718by Bill and Mary Weaver

This year at Ag Progress Days in State College, PA, Pam Kister, a horse trainer and owner of Grey Horse Stable, LLC in Dover, organized a carriage arena racing demonstration. “It’s a new and exciting way to have fun with your horse,” she explained.   [Read more…]

Winter feeding strategies

cn-mr-53-1-winter-feeding-strategiesby Tamara Scully

“More cows doesn’t always mean more profit,” Victor Shelton, Grazing Specialist and Agronomist with NRCS, said. “It is due to increased cost, increased input, to maintain that number. More moderate stocking rates, usually are more profitable.”

Shelton discussed the relationship between carrying capacity, stocking rates, and winter-feeding costs in a recent webinar, “Alternative Stewardship Strategies for Winter Feeding.” [Read more…]

Farming with robots ~ pros and cons

ce-mr-1-scipio-center575by Michael Wren

LANSING, NY — Steve Patt is no stranger to working on a farm. Growing up on his parents’ farm in Fultonville, NY, and later in Sherburne, NY, Patt has always been around dairy farms. After graduating from SUNY Cobleskill and later Cornell University Patt began working on large dairy farms in the Scipio Center area. After a few years he and a friend from school decided to try farming for themselves on a rented farm in Scipio. [Read more…]

Cayuga County 4-H members participate in the 2016 NY State Fair

cw-ff-32-6-state-fair-youth1cThe New York State Fair Youth Hereford Beef Show and Youth Showmanship took place on Thursday, Aug. 25 and Friday, Aug. 26. We were thrilled to have one exhibitor participate in these events this year, as this has been a successful result of the revitalization of our local 4-H beef program. [Read more…]