Recently I traveled to Syracuse, NY for the Calf & Heifer Congress 2015. This conference is coordinated by Cornell University Cooperative Extension and Pro-Dairy. The theme of the conference was “Manage What Matters,” which emphasized the importance of managing a profitable dairy replacement herd. This was a two-day event that began on Tuesday, Dec. 15 and ended on Wednesday, Dec. 16. I joined the Calf & Heifer Congress with Jeanne Wormuth, Farm Manager of CY Heifer Farm located in Elba, NY. CY Heifer Farm raises approximately 4,000 heifers each year for contract herds, including an on-site veal raising facility in cooperation with Provitello. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
The demand for organic corn, soy, and wheat for both feed and food markets is increasing. According to United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service’s data, organic corn acreage has increased 24 percent since 2011. Soy has shown a modest three percent increase during this same time. While organic wheat acreage decreased by three percent, overall wheat acreage in the United States also declined during that timeframe. [Read more…]
With the addition of a toy exhibit area and the expansion into an additional building, the Keystone Farm Show is cementing its status as being the largest farm equipment and service provider trade show in Pennsylvania.
The show, now entering its 18th year, is the first farm show of the year and has the largest number of agriculture exhibitors on the East Coast. [Read more…]
If you are thinking about adding a new profitable enterprise to your dairy operation, dairy-beef production could be a natural fit.
“Sometimes it is hard to convince dairy farmers that they are also beef farmers. After all, think about where the cows go at the end of their life. The better care they receive, the higher value they will have at that point,” said Tom Gallagher, livestock specialist, Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program.
HARRISBURG, PA — High-quality farmland in 18 Pennsylvania counties will remain in agricultural production thanks to the state’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board. During the meeting, the board took action to safeguard 2,652 additional acres on 33 farms through the state’s nation-leading farmland preservation program. [Read more…]
Grain farmers gathered recently to attend Penn State University’s Grain Marketing Workshop, in Leesport. The workshop was geared towards grain producers interested in learning more about commodity grain marketing, John Berry, Penn State Extension Ag Marketing Educator, said.
For many farmers, especially small, family-owned operations, buying new equipment is not always economically feasible. This can present problems for farmers since they could be working off older equipment. This equipment can become unsafe and inefficient.If farmers were able to have more money in their tax returns, they could then put that money toward newer, safer vehicles and equipment.At a recent press conference at Hudson River Tractor Company in Fultonville, NY, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced plans to change federal tax incentives for farmers. His goal with these changes is to cut costs and raise profits for farmers across America.
“My day job is a nurse,” said Sandy Reyburn, the District 3 Representative of the PA Farm Bureau’s Women’s Committee. She was speaking at a PFB annual meeting seminar that focused on confined special hazards, “I see multiple things that come past me and I can’t stress enough how important safety is, how we have to be prepared on our family farms.” [Read more…]