Practical advice on revised minimum wage

CEW-MR-1-Farm-labor-issues41by Pat Malin

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…]

PA Farm Bureau member appointed to National YF&R Committee

CDM-RP-1-NATIONAL-APPOINTME11NT_bentremWestern PA Cattle Farmer Set to Join AFBF Committee

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…]

Feeding your horse naturally, part 1

CW-MR-1-Feedong-horse38142by Paul Burdziakowski

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…]

New Year brings new opportunity for farm safety through NYCAMH funding

CEW-MR-1-NYCAMH13by Elizabeth A, Tomlin

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…]

Coby Corner: Calf and Heifer Congress

CW-CL-1-MR-Coby-Corner-1qcRecently 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…]