Farm Credit East is a major source of financing and support services to the agricultural community in the northeast. Many in the dairy industry rely on its services as a source of both long and short term financing to insure that their operations are as financially efficient as market conditions allow. It will come as no surprise to anyone that dairy farming has ridden the waves of market turmoil for many years. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
According to the results of the Organic Farming Research Foundation’s 2016 National Organic Research Agenda, weed control was rated as a top concern of 67 percent of the certified organic farmers in the United States. The primary concern, cited by 74 percent, was soil health, quality and nutrient management.
Optimizing the soil ecosystem helps to manage weeds: the two are implicitly linked. [Read more…]
ALBANY, NY — On October 22, 2016 people from all walks of life gathered together to learn about and discuss the now legalized cultivation of hemp in New York State. The informational meeting was sponsored by the New York Hemp Industries Association (NYHIA) in order for interested parties to learn more about the New York Hemp Pilot Program. [Read more…]
Stanton’s Feura Farm, Feura Bush, NY, hosted CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program’s Cover Crops Demonstration: Not What Grandpa Used to Grow! on Oct. 13.
Featured speakers included Northeast Soil Health Specialist Dr. Paul Salon and Research Agronomist/ Cover Crop Specialist Dave Wilson. [Read more…]
Those who traveled to Chambersburg, PA for the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance annual Field Days, held on Sept. 29 and 30 found that attending the two-day event was time well spent.
Participants had the option of touring the Trickling Springs Creamery plant prior to the first session. Trickling Springs is a relatively young company, established in 2001, and provides an outlet for organic farmers who produce clean (low somatic cell count) milk. [Read more…]
Annual American Dairy Associations & Dairy Council (ADADC) meetings are being held across New York, Northern New Jersey and Northeastern Pennsylvania, providing an opportunity for dairy farmers to get together, socialize, have a free hearty meal and catch up on information about where their check off dollars have gone to work. [Read more…]
MORRIS, NY — Each year, FFA members from all across the United States travel to Washington, D.C. to take part in a 5-day FFA Leadership Conference. During this event, students learn how they can become an effective leader in the school and community. Three students from the Charles G. May FFA Chapter, along with Jon English, Animal Science teacher and FFA Advisor, attended this conference. [Read more…]
Throughout my life I have been very involved with the dairy industry and agriculture. From the clubs that I am involved, my work promoting dairy products and the fact that three-fourths of my closet is full of cow and dairy-related clothing, dairying is a big part of my life and is something that I absolutely love. While my father was out baling hay for our cows, I was pushing my John Deere tractor with Barbie at the wheel across the green, plush carpets pretending to do the same. [Read more…]