Think of long dense boughs of hemlocks straddling brooks. Then think of their needles falling off their branches. This is a long-term view of the damage of encroaching invasive insect hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), which are the size of a pepper grain. They are parthenogenetic — able to reproduce using unfertilized eggs — so a single individual can alone produce offspring. HWA need a live hemlock to survive. [Read more…]
by Katie Navarra
Creating a transition plan to make sure a farm continues as a productive business can be challenging. Cornell Cooperative Extension hosted part one of a two-part workshop to offer farm owners a chance to learn about the process of succession planning. The Farm Succession Retreat provides tips for farmers for beginning the process if they haven’t already done so. [Read more…]
In today’s age consumers are highly interested in the quality of the products they eat. This is especially true when it comes to meat such as mutton.
Quality meat is generally defined by its compositional quality and palatability. Signs of quality meat are good conformation, a bright red color and some marbling or fat. Poor quality meat will have indicators as well. [Read more…]
The 7th Annual Western New York Farm Show was held this year at The Fairgrounds in Hamburg, NY, from Feb. 2-4. The show featured seminars, demonstrations, competitions, and over 100 exhibitors representing many facets of the Agriculture industry. [Read more…]
by George Looby, DVM
The past several years have seen a rather remarkable resurgence in the brewing industry in the state with almost 50 breweries now operating. These operations are mostly characterized as craft breweries, small when compared to the giants of the industry, but each catering to customers who have come to enjoy the unique character of their brew. [Read more…]