Hemp: what’s the big deal?

CM-MR-44-2-Hemp8322by Sally Colby

Hemp has been grown as a crop for more than 12,000 years. “It’s one of the oldest cultivated species,” said Jeff Graybill, Lancaster County extension. “Most recently, it was a major crop in Kentucky before and during World War ll. During the war, it was difficult to get rope-type materials, so it was grown for fiber.” [Read more…]

Senator Gillibrand begins hearing concerns for new farm bill

CEW-MR-3-Senator-Gillibrand48by Michael Wren

HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NY — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a listening session to hear and understand the questions and concerns of local farmers in the Hudson Valley in order to better represent them in the upcoming vote on the farm bill in two years. Gillibrand will be holding these events throughout New York. The event was held at Fishkill Farms where co-owner Josh Morganthau spoke of his recent changes to the farm, altering it from a traditional apple orchard to producing flowers, vegetable, fruits, and eggs. [Read more…]

Preventing fires in baled hay and straw

CW-MR-3-HAY-FIRES1Most hay fires occur within the first six weeks after baling. Understanding the causes of fires in stored hay and learning how to reduce fire hazards will protect your feed supply and could prevent the loss of time and money associated with a fire.  [Read more…]

Cows always tell the truth

CEW-MR-2-Cow-signals17by Sally Colby

Veterinarian and certified CowSignals® trainer Dr. Hue Karreman wants to help farmers do a better job with their animals under established organic rules. But what he teaches organic farmers applies to herds of all kinds.

Karreman explains the Cow Signals® concept, developed in Holland by veterinarian Jan Hulsen. “It bridges conventional, biological, organic, biodynamic and whatever you’ve got,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you have one cow, 10 cows, 100 cows or 1,000 cows. [Read more…]

Springville FFA sends kids to Camp Oswegatchie

CW-MR-2-Springville-FFA1by Anne Smith

The Springville FFA Chapter sent 13 kids to camp Oswegatchie this year from July 10 to 15. Once again a great time was had by all!

Some of the highlights this year were tubing on the lake, taking a plane ride over the camp and the ropes course. [Read more…]