Recently, Organic Valley provided a visit to Stone Mill Dairy located near Hamilton, NY. Stone Mill Dairy, owned and operated by David and Michelle Stratton, is one of 17 dairy farms in Pennsylvania and New York that have joined the Organic Valley Cooperative as Grassmilk® suppliers. These farmers are producing 100 percent grassfed milk for use in the company’s Grassmilk products. [Read more…]
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has confirmed the first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a Virginia horse this year. The horse, from Suffolk, was a Saddlebred mare. She exhibited symptoms on June 22 and was euthanized June 23.
In North Carolina, a Pitt County quarter horse has been confirmed as having died after contracting EEE. The disease is a mosquito-borne and preventable in equine by vaccination. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Farm Bureau Federation is supporting proposed U.S. Senate legislation that establishes federal pre-emption of state laws that mandate labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients.
The AFBF has maintained that, unchecked, such laws have the potential to become “an unruly patchwork” of state-by-state legislation.
The bill acts “to stop the expansion of state laws that threaten interstate marketing and effectively ignore science,” explained AFBF President Zippy Duvall on June 28. [Read more…]
NYCAMH will be hosting a grain bin safety and rescue-training unit at the Health and Safety tent located at the corner of East Pencil Pusher and Sunrise Blvd. The unit is provided by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), located in Peosta, Iowa. NECAS Director Dan Neenan will be offering 20-minute educational presentations throughout each day of Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, and providing firefighters and emergency rescue personnel with a free four-hour, hands-on training opportunity after the show closes on Tuesday, Aug. 9 and Wednesday, Aug. 10. [Read more…]
New York State was host to the 2016 National Holstein Convention, which took place at the Saratoga Hilton and the Saratoga City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, June 27 –July 1st.
Over 1,300 young folks and adults from all over the United States attended the convention, which included a premium Holstein sale. [Read more…]
Ongoing research, education and engagement remain center stage
The National Pork Board continues to take a prominent role in the ongoing conversation about antibiotic use in pork production. From the Don’t Wait… Be Ready! national producer awareness and education campaign, to ongoing engagement with consumers and influencers, to increased investment in antibiotic research, the National Pork Board is taking unprecedented action on this globally important topic. [Read more…]
HARRISBURG, PA — Organic certification can be more affordable for Pennsylvania farmers thanks to funding now available through the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) and the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost Program.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture secured $453,400 in federal funds through NOCCSP and $163,600 through AMA to reimburse farmers and handling facilities for expenses related to organic certification. [Read more…]
WEYERS CAVE, VA – It was a picture perfect, all-American summer evening; blue skies, partly cloudy, warm but, not too hot, when about 150 members of the Rockingham Feeder Cattle Association gathered at the Weyers Cave Community Center for their annual meeting. The meeting included a barbecue dinner and a talk by livestock expert Corbitt Wall. [Read more…]