Building a good farm team — Part 1

CN-MR-2-FARM-TEAM_31by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Making a good hiring decision helps farm owners/managers and farm workers build an efficient, productive and happy team. David Hambleton has been the farm manager of Sisters Hill Farm in Stanfordville, NY for 16 years. He shared his experience with hiring, training and managing over 30 Apprentices in a workshop at the 2015 Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) Winter Conference. [Read more…]

SafeTalk suicide prevention training hosted by NY FarmNet

CEW-MR-1-Suicide-prevention1a1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Due to the long winter — and low price cycle — NY FarmNet hosted a SafeTalk suicide prevention training workshop for agri-service people.

The training session, held at Albany County’s Cornell Cooperative Extension and led by Sean Gerow, President of Access: Supports for Living, Inc., taught attendees signs to recognize and ways to respond to people who are at risk. [Read more…]

The Upper Susquehanna Coalition receives U.S. EPA Environmental Champion Award

CEW-MR-2-Upper-Susq1c1by Troy Bishopp

New York City — The mission of Tioga County based Upper Susquehanna Coalition is to protect and improve water quality and natural resources in the Upper Susquehanna River Basin using an integrative, multiple barrier approach. The passion, partnerships and groundwork toward the goals since being established in 1992 are finally being recognized nationally and statewide. [Read more…]

Pretty pasture thieves

CEW-MR-1-Buttercups54881by Sally Colby

The sight of horses standing in a field of bright yellow buttercups is attractive, but buttercups in a horse pasture aren’t good. The presence of buttercups, especially an overabundance, signals the need for more proactive pasture management. [Read more…]

U.S. dairy industry supports action by Congress to repeal Country of Origin Labeling

U.S. must comply with World Trade Organization rules to avoid damage to dairy sector

American dairy products headed to Canada and Mexico could face stiffer tariffs — and ultimately, reach fewer foreign customers — unless Congress repeals Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for meat products that violate international trade rules, the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council said on May 20. [Read more…]