John Kenny of Big Train Farm in Cranston, RI uses a four-step process to prepare his fields for planting. After a cash crop is finished, his 100 Black Australorp chickens clean up any crop residue. John said his chickens love green tomatoes. [Read more…]
Clipping is one of the top 10 topics discussed at any pasture walk. It basically surrounds the concept of dealing with out of control forage growth, getting the grass back to a vegetative state, thwarting the weed proliferation or keeping the place tidy. When it comes to the practice of clipping, bush-hogging or pruning pastures, I have waffled more than a politician. [Read more…]
by Jay Girvin, Esq. Girvin & Ferlazzo. P.C. Albany, NY
- How long does it take to litigate a personal injury lawsuit from start to finish?
While that is a perfectly fair question (and one that is frequently asked by prospective personal injury clients), it is also a very difficult question to answer — other than to note that the litigation process typically takes longer than you might think. [Read more…]
NRCS recently hosted an online program on the importance of biodiversity to agriculture and how organic agriculture tends to support increased biodiversity. The event was part of a series exploring the environmental benefits of organic agriculture.
The occasion was part of the USDA’s broader effort to educate the agriculture community and the public at large about organic agriculture, with the aim to increase organic production. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
“The FDA is responsible for the regulation of all human and animal drugs in this country,” said Dr. Troy Brick, assistant professor in preventive medicine at the Ohio State University. “Their primary responsibility is to the public. They need to make sure that the food supply is safe, and they feel that in some instances, the use of antibiotics in our animals is contributing to resistance in some bacteria. I would argue that I do not believe that the literature agrees with that — there are arguments on both sides.” [Read more…]
There are horses throughout history that gain notoriety, living on in people’s hearts long after they’re gone. Roy Roger’s horse Trigger comes to mind, as does Misty — a wild pony made famous in the 1947 children’s book Misty of Chincoteague, penned by Marguerite Henry. Another, a possible descendant of Misty, is Surfer Dude; a stallion born and raised on the Island of Assateague, one of the few stallions that guard the north and south herds on Assateague Island — a federal reserve for wild horses. [Read more…]
Folks traveled from Boston, Connecticut, New York City, Rochester and many places in-between, to meet at SUNY Cobleskill’s Culinary Arts Lab to participate in Cornell Cooperative Extension’s ‘Three Day Master Food Preservation Workshop’ taught by Cornell Cooperative Extension Home Food Preservation experts Judy Price and Katherine Humphrey. [Read more…]
Ron Maidens had been a dairy farmer the majority of his life, going into partnership with his brother Etsel in 1963. “When I started in the dairy business I didn’t know much, I was just a kid out of high school,” he fondly remembers, “I didn’t know anything, I had a good county agent and I was self taught.” Originally from West Virginia, Ron and his brother “farmed three states”, as he puts it – West Virginia, Pennsylvania and now New York. Ron and his wife raised 7 children, his brother, 5 — and they did it milking cows for nearly 50 years. [Read more…]