State Agriculture Commissioner tours farms impacted by drought in Wyoming and Genesee Counties

cw-mr-44-3-drought-in-wyoming-3cProducers seeing potential crop loss of up to 50-60 percent, higher production costs associated with hauling water and irrigation

Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball on Sept. 9 joined state leaders, New York Farm Bureau President Dean Norton, members of the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (USDA FSA), and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming and Genesee Counties to tour several farms in the Finger Lakes and Western New York regions impacted by this summer’s drought. [Read more…]

New revision of the Worker Protection Standard (WPS)

ce-mr-55-2-new-personal-protection-9151by William and Mary Weaver

A new revision of the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) will be enforced starting Jan. 1, 2017. “The revision of the Worker Protection Standard covers farmers, foresters, and other growers using pesticides on production agriculture crops.” Although there has typically been an exemption for immediate family members, “Even the owner and immediate family must comply with the new Personal Protective Equipment requirements,” stated Jim Harvey, PSU Farm Safety Extension. [Read more…]

Beef Day heats up passion for New York’s #1 protein

cew-mr-3-beef-day1by Troy Bishopp

SYRACUSE, NY — When one attends the Great New York State Fair, it’s almost impossible to escape the vibrant fragrancy of grilling meat. Nowhere is it more poignant than at Chevy Court for the annual NYS Beef Council’s Beef Day festivities paying homage to New York’s #1 protein source, local beef farmers, chefs, agri-business and consumers. [Read more…]

Cayuga County 4-H Youth Fair Open Beef Cattle Show results

cw-mr-4-cayuga-county-beef1639The Cayuga County 4-H Youth Fair & Open Beef Cattle Show took place on Friday, July 29, at the 4H Youth Fair and Remember the Big 6 events, which were held at the Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum & Dr. Joseph Karpinski Educational Center on Route 38A, Auburn. The exhibitors received awards as follows: [Read more…]