Poultry production not only occurs in large commercial flocks, it is also finding a resurgence among small-scale farmers and backyard producers. No matter where or how the birds are raised, common poultry diseases are a concern. Knowing the signs and symptoms, and collecting samples to make a positive diagnosis, can go a long way in insuring poultry health. [Read more…]
Possible financial pitfalls for dairy farmers and ways to avoid them while making every penny count during this time of instability in the dairy industry were topics discussed in a ‘Money on the Table’ meeting held at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County.
Speakers at the meeting included Central NY CCE Regional Field Crop Specialist Kevin Ganoe, Central NY CCE Regional Dairy Specialist David Balbian, Cornell PRO DAIRY Senior Extension Associate Jason Karszes, CCE Capital District Farm Business Management Specialist Sandy Buxton and Saratoga Co. CCE Resource Educator Kirk Shoen. [Read more…]
ORISKANY, NY — What will be the impact of a higher federal and state minimum wage on my farm’s tax obligations?
Are farmers required to pay an unemployment insurance tax for part-time or seasonal employees? Should I be worried about an impromptu OSHA inspection?
These were among the concerns of a group of farmers who attended a seminar titled Agricultural Employers’ Requirements and Responsibilities sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County. [Read more…]
CAMP HILL, PA — Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is pleased to announce that the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has appointed Washington County cattle farmer David Bentrem as a new member of the National Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee for the 2016-2018 term, beginning in March. The committee is comprised of 16 positions representing all regions of the United States. [Read more…]
How do you properly feed a horse? With so many feed, supplement and hay choices available, many people find themselves wondering exactly what their horse needs for good health and nutrition. [Read more…]
Farmers in upstate New York have a chance to upgrade their on-farm safety with the help of a newly established, safety-funding program through the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH).
Julie Sorensen, Ph.D., NYCAMH’s new Director, announced the launching of the ‘John May Safety Fund Program’ at a news conference that took place at Turning Point Dairy Farm in Saratoga County. [Read more…]
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…]