The National Oliver Show coming to Canandaigua, NY

CW-MR-3-NATIONAL-OLIVER3The HPOCA National Oliver Show is being held at The New York Steam Engine Assn. 56th annual Pageant of Steam, Aug. 10 to 13.

In addition to this event being the National Oliver Show, it is also the “100 years of Cletrac Show.” The feature tractor will be the Cletrac model F. It is expected to be the largest showing of Cletrac and Oliver crawlers plus hundreds of Oliver and Hart-Parr wheel tractors. [Read more…]

Getting rid of the dirt: pastured poultry

CW-MR-50-1-Getting-rid-of-the-dirt1by Tamara Scully

Poultry can easily damage pasture. If not managed correctly, nutrient loading, bare soil and erosion can occur. Unfortunately, not all pastured poultry producers are actually managing their pastures. [Read more…]

Navigating and negotiating permits and regulations key in promoting agritourism

CF4-GR--MR-4-NAVIGATING-PERMITSby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Opening your agricultural doors and inviting the public in to enjoy a day in the country touring your farm, picking their own fruit and vegetables, or other events to promote your farm and agriculture in general may sound like a great way to drum up business.

Did you know if you don’t make special handicap accommodations you can be sued (of course these suits always include attorney’s fees)? [Read more…]

Path to Profitability: Making organic dairying work

CW-MR-49-1-PATH-TO-PROFITABILITYby Tamara Scully

The Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative “Path to Profitability on an Organic Dairy,” workshop was held in Penn Yann, NY recently. Featured speaker was Dr. Larry Tranel, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Dairy Specialist. Originally organized to offer remote access via webinar, technical difficulties prevented that from happening. Fay Benson, Project Manager of the New York Organic Dairy Initiative Program (NYODP) is attempting to schedule another webinar with Dr. Tranel later this year. [Read more…]

2016 National Holstein Convention Sale ranks highest averaging in history

CF4-CFPP-HOLD-FOR-ARTICLE-2016-National-Holstein9by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

2016’s National Holstein Convention, held this year at the Saratoga Hilton and the Saratoga City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, brought phenomenal results.

According to Patsy Gifford, Executive Manager New York Holstein Association, the “New York Charm ~ City to Farm” sale was “the highest averaging in history, with an average of $24,965 on 74 lots with a gross of $1.8 million.” [Read more…]