Twelve year old wins Pennsylvania farm show teamster award

CEWM-MR-1-Twelve year 1by Kristina Dulashaw

HARRISBURG, PA — Three generations arrived at the Pennsylvania Farm Show on Monday, Jan. 6 to assist a 12 year old boy while he competed for the first time with his team of miniature horses in the horse pulls. After unloading the supplies in subzero temperatures, Dale Long stood in line with all of the adults as the miniature horses were measured to determine their classification. Long waited his turn to learn that his team, Doc and Dan, were placed in the 34 inch miniature horse division. [Read more…]

NYS’s new Ag Commissioner Ball aims to boost opportunities for upstate farmers

CEW-MR-2-NY Ag comissioner2by Pat Malin

LIVERPOOL, NY — Richard Ball’s fruit and vegetable farm in Schoharie County seems to give him a good view of the landscape of both upstate and downstate New York.

The Town of Schoharie is situated in the Southern Tier, south of Canajoharie and east of Schenectady. More significantly, Schoharie Valley Farms is just 36 miles west of the state capital, where Ball will soon be commuting to his new job. [Read more…]

Keystone Farm Show 2014 gives warm welcome to farmers from across the Mid-Atlantic region

CDM-PP-Keystone 10by Jon M. Casey

Despite record cold temperatures the opening day of the 2014 Keystone Farm Show, farmers from across the Mid-Atlantic region headed to the York Fair Grounds in York, PA for this year’s 17th annual event, Jan. 7-9. The Keystone Farm Show, often described as “The farm show for farmers,” is an event designed expressly with farmers and their families in mind. [Read more…]

Native warm season grass benefits: forage, hay, biofuel, wildlife

CEW-MR-1-Native grassesby Tamara Scully
Native warm season grasses are playing a growing role in pasture management. These multi-use grasses are a primary way of establishing and maintaining wildlife habitat, are used for biofuel, and are being promoted for use under drought conditions. Recent research at the University of Tennessee’s Center for Grasslands Management has demonstrated that native warm season grasses are a viable and profitable alternative for grazing and forage systems in the Northeastern United States. [Read more…]