MORRISVILLE, NY — Morrisville State’s dairy judging team recently competed in the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, PA, taking home multiple honors. Continue reading
by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
Folks attending Central New York’s Farm Progress Show have viewed farm improvements and technology updates over nearly 40 years — and this year was no different!
“I believe I have attended the CNY Farm Progress Show for 16 years,” remarked CCE CNY Dairy Specialist Dave Balbian. “Computerization and advances in technology are probably the biggest changes I’ve seen. Nobody was selling Robotic Milkers 16 years ago!”
Balbian is only one of many people who noticed new technology exhibited.
Bigger tractors with better safety features, computerized TMR mixers, waste recycling equipment and more products available for all aspects of agricultural needs were displayed at this year’s event. Continue reading
by Tamara Scully
The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture recently hosted a field day, designed to introduce area farmers to the use of forested riparian buffers and other conservation practices. The event was held at Forks Farm Market in Orangeville, PA, an 85 acre diverse livestock farm, located in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Susan Beal, DVM, ag science advisor and interim farm based education coordinator for PASA, moderated the event, which featured pasture walks, slideshow presentations and group discussions.
Farmers John and Todd Hopkins have been grazing cows on their farm since 1985. After initially running as a cow/calf operation and selling to a sales barn, they realized that making a profit was going to require a change in business planning. Continue reading
by Katie Navarra
If you think the Affordable Care Act will not impact your business, think again. “It is going to impact you,” said Sandy Buxton, Farm/Ag Business Management Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Washington County, NY. “Frequently I hear, ‘I don’t have more than 50 employees, so it won’t affect me’,” she said.
Businesses with less than 50 employees are not required to provide insurance. But the Affordable Care Act requires that all individuals, all employees enroll in a health insurance plan. “You may not be worried because you are not a big enough employer to be impacted,” she added, “but your employees are going to have to have insurance.” Be prepared to provide information on where employees enroll on their own.