CAZENOVIA, NY — The word of the day for Central New York farmers is RAIN. The monsoonal trend has frustrated farmers, flooded fields, pushed back planting and harvesting schedules and created the need for sunshine to lift morale back on the farm. The silver lining to this year’s moisture is abundant pasture production for those who use it to feed livestock. But how do you begin to manage such overabundance and reconcile a pasture plan with what nature throws at you? [Read more…]
As strange as it may have seemed a decade ago, milk fat is now an acceptable component of milk. Many registered dietitians have approved regular fat dairy instead of pushing for skim. They’re embracing butter instead of artificial margarine as well. [Read more…]
by Jay Girvin, Esq., Girvin & Ferlazzo P.C., Albany, NY
What liability issues are associated with the direct sale of farm products, and what can farmers do to limit their exposure to claims?
Direct farm marketing – that is, selling food and farm products directly to consumers without using an intermediary such as a processor, distributor, or retailer – is a common and well-established practice. It can take many forms, including roadside markets and farm stands, farmers’ markets, or “pick-your-own” enterprises. [Read more…]
As if the current tick borne diseases that citizens in the northeast have to contend with were not enough a new one is emerging to make life in the out of doors a bit more challenging. Lyme disease has been with us for several years and there are few residents who are not familiar with some of the issues that can arise from being infected with the spirochete that causes the disease. [Read more…]
Please be aware that Cucurbit Downy Mildew (CDM) has been identified in the Mid- Hudson Valley, specifically Dutchess County. This is a fast moving and very destructive disease as windblown spores from this infection site are a primary source of infection for other cucurbit plantings in the area. Spores are easily dispersed long distances.
Moving and subsequently expanding a farm is never easy. But for Sara Spahn, purchasing five acres from her mother, Lori Winston, added another dynamic that made the sale last July atypical from many real estate transactions. [Read more…]
Those who own sheep and goats find out fairly quickly that raising these species becomes a battle against internal parasites. The less-than-judicious use of chemical dewormers over the past 40 years combined with the lack of small ruminants’ ability to develop good immunity to internal parasites has led to anthelmintic resistance, and has spurred both farmers and researchers to seek out and test alternative methods of parasite control. [Read more…]
Building soil health is what Jim Hershey says the PA No-Till Alliance is focusing on. Hershey recently chaired a Farming for Success seminar at Penn State’s SEAREC unit near Lancaster, PA.
“Planting green,” he says, “is a relatively new practice. [Read more…]