Ask the Lawyer

by Jay Girvin, Esq., Girvin & Ferlazzo. P.C., Albany, New York

  1. What is necessary to establish a claim for defamation?

The old saying that “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is not entirely true. Untrue and disparaging words can and often do cause injury — ranging from hurt feelings and other emotional distress to actual economic injury. [Read more…]

What does OSHA have to do with agriculture?

CEW-MR-osha1by Steve Wagner

Government regulatory over-reach is rapidly becoming the norm — randomly challenged at best, it encourages more paperwork and, yes, more unnecessary regulations. One example is WOTUS (Waters of the United States). As this worst-case scenario slowly but surely finds legs, we can almost hear the hypothetical groaning. [Read more…]

Building a good farm team — Part 2

Being a good farm boss

by Sanne Kure-Jensen

When successful farm businesses grow beyond what farmers can do themselves, it is time to bring in outside labor. Making a good hiring decision helps a farm owner/manager and farm workers build an efficient, productive and happy team. [Read more…]

Erie County 4-H holds Dairy Calf Camp

CW-MR-3-CALF-DAIRY-CALF-3c1by Anne Smith

On June 13, The Erie County 4-H had their Dairy Calf Camp hosted at R & D Farm in Marilla, NY. The main speaker was Margaret Greis with help from her daughter Kate and also help from Josh Folts. [Read more…]