You can save a life

cew-mr-3-grain-bin-rescue8993by Bill and Mary Weaver

Becoming trapped in a grain bin is fatal over half the time. What you decide to do in the first 10 minutes after finding someone trapped may save a life. If you decide to do the wrong things, you may just make the situation worse. [Read more…]

Resilient grazing even in a drought

cew-mr-2-resilient-grazing27by Troy Bishopp

ALPINE, NY — It has been said that you can’t truly understand something until it happens to you and the meaning of the situation is discovered in that experience. Luckily we have farmers who will share their story in an effort to help us learn. Nothing was more poignant in this journey for knowledge than finding out ways to manage grazing land and animals through the southern tier’s awful 2016 drought. [Read more…]

New Worker Protection Standard outlined at EFD

cew-fs-mr-21-1-worker-prot1ection-standardby Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

SENECA FALLS, NY — Ethics, economics, environmental considerations, legality: farmers have many reasons to abide by workers safety regulations. Christopher Wainwright, pesticide control specialist with the New York State Department of Conservation recently presented “New Federal WPS Regulations for Ag Chemical Handling” at Empire Farm Days. [Read more…]

Farming fish

cm-mr-47-1-farming-fish-eggsby Tamara Scully

Farming fish is a form of agriculture. While it doesn’t involve soil and tillage, it does involve the raising of an animal species in a domesticated setting, for food. And like all livestock farming, it involves manure management, feeding, animal wellness and slaughter.

“Intensively selecting aquatic animals from the wild, in an attempt to farm them, as the wild populations we had could not sustain” the demand for seafood, began about 50 years ago, Dr. John Jensen, Professor Emeritus, Schools of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University said. [Read more…]

Apprenticeship program educates on dairy

cw-mr-2-apprenticeship-program96by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

SENECA FALLS, NY — Want to learn or teach the art of dairying? Consider an apprenticeship program. A. Fay Benson, dairy support program educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Cortland County, presented information on GrassWorks Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship at Empire Farm Days. Newly begun in New York, the program seeks to teach anyone interested in dairying — but especially the next generation — about all aspects of pasture-based dairying. [Read more…]