Farm Bureau shines in Chenango County

ce-mr-2-chenango-county-fb1by Troy Bishopp

GREENE, NY – “I believe passionately in the power of grassroots engagement,” said author Joan Blades.

In the heart of dairy country, Chenango County’s Farm Bureau President, Bradd Vickers is also an enthusiastic promoter of grassroots policy development and local decision-making, as he invited fellow farmers, friends and legislators to participate in their 61st annual meeting. [Read more…]

Rhinebeck festival celebrates 36 years of warm fuzzies

cw-mr-3-rhinebeck-festival7541by Samantha Graves

Since its inception in 1980 as a small gathering for sheep breeders, the New York Sheep and Wool Festival has swelled to accommodate hundreds of vendors and an estimated 30,000 visitors from all over the world. Today, NY Sheep and Wool is one of the largest wool-related festivals in the Eastern U.S. The event, presented by the Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association, was held Oct. 15 through 16 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY. [Read more…]

How the hurricane affected the North Carolina State Fair

cm-mr-59-3-nc-state-fair3-copyby Chris Bickers

It takes a lot to distract attention in North Carolina in October from the state fair. But this year, Hurricane Matthew managed to do it. By the time that the fairgrounds had been cleared of debris and the fair opened, five days after Matthew had struck on Oct. 8, the evidence of the storm was largely gone in Raleigh.

But to the east, downstream flooding had brought farming and indeed most normal commerce to a halt, and the water problems were still going on when the fair closed on Oct. 23. [Read more…]

Farm Credit East update on the dairy industry

cn-mr-67-1-farm-credit-east-copyby George Looby, DVM

Farm Credit East is a major source of financing and support services to the agricultural community in the northeast. Many in the dairy industry rely on its services as a source of both long and short term financing to insure that their operations are as financially efficient as market conditions allow. It will come as no surprise to anyone that dairy farming has ridden the waves of market turmoil for many years. [Read more…]

Good quality pastures, fat cows, fat checkbook

cm-mr-51-3-hamilton-heights1-copyby Sally Colby

Cliff Hawbaker is a sixth generation dairy farmer, and after trying just about everything as he built his dairy business, he and his wife Maggie have settled on what works best for them.

The Hawbakers recently hosted a tour for the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA) at their farm, Hamilton Heights Dairy, in Chambersburg, PA. [Read more…]