Growing willow biomass power in New York

CEW-MR-AE-1-Willow11by Tamara Scully

The USDA recently announced incentives available for the establishment of biomass crops. The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides incentives for forest landowners as well as farmers to grow new sources of biomass energy products.

According to Virginia Green, USDA Farm Services Agency, Conservation Specialist for New York, growers in a nine county region — Oneida, Oswego, Franklin, Jefferson, Herkimer, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Clinton and Essex — were eligible to enroll acreage for shrub willow production. The “distinct geographical areas” for the shrub willow project were selected due to their proximity to the ReEnergy LLC bioenergy plants, located in Fort Drum, Lyonsdale, and Chatequgay. [Read more…]

Coby Corner

CEW-MR-3-Coby-corner-HEADER1Hello! I’m Gabby Domagala, a sophomore at SUNY Cobleskill, majoring in Agriculture Business with the focus in Dairy Management. I am the fourth generation on my family’s 80-cow dairy farm, located in Lewis County, NY. With that traditional mindset, I also wish to continue dairy farming after earning my degree. I chose SUNY Cobleskill as my first-choice college because of the great hands-on experience the school has to offer! The applied programs offer a learning experience like no other; students are able to apply what they learn in a classroom setting into practical field work situations. I am very passionate about the agriculture and dairy industries, and am excited to share this passion with the readers of Country Folks in our Coby Corner column. Along with being a full-time student, I am also involved in extra-curricular activities such as SUNY Cobleskill Dairy Cattle Club, SUNY Cobleskill National Agri-Marketing Association, 4-H, Junior Holstein Club, FFA, Farm Bureau, and Women Involved in Farm Economics. In addition, I am a Teaching Assistant for the Introduction to Dairy Cattle Management class at SUNY Cobleskill. [Read more…]

Lively Run Goat Dairy keeps it fresh and local

CW-MR-5-Lively-Run55821by Alex Huebner

The beginning of Suzanne and Steve Messmer’s journey into cheese making started as a favor. A family that lived nearby them in the town of Interlaken, NY owned Lively Run Goat Dairy and wanted to take a trip abroad. They asked the Messmers if they would be willing to tend to their goat herds while they were gone. [Read more…]

4-H, Fair, and Community

CW-MR-1-Erie-County-Fair44661by Anne Smith

The Erie County Fair is now just a great memory for the members of the Erie County 4-H Livestock Program. Exhibiting their livestock projects at the fair was the culmination of hours of care and work, and the fun and comradery were bonuses to a successful show. This year, 4-Hers in the sheep program were able to help with a great community project as well. [Read more…]

Central NY Farm Progress Show

CE-MR-4-Farm-progress46751by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Central New York’s Farm Progress Show began 40 years ago with fewer than a dozen displays. This year more than 100 exhibitors took part in the annual event, which is hosted by the Leonard Gilbert Family at Len-Lo Farm, Robinson Road, Mohawk, NY.

“The show this year was one of the largest shows to date,” said Dick Presky, President of the CNY Farm Progress Show. “Many new items were displayed this year — such as expanded disc mowing machines, new excavators, new tractors with ultra-modern transmissions, remote control tractors and harvesters, and different types of drones to be used as surveyors and for laying out fields to be used by remote tractors.” [Read more…]