GMO legislation is in Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee

CN-MR-3-GMO legislation 1by Bethany M. Dunbar

IRASBURG, VT — Farmers who don’t want to see a mandatory GMO labeling law passed in Vermont were encouraged recently to call Senator Dick Sears of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A law requiring labels on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food has passed the Vermont House and is under discussion in the Senate.

Dairy farmers at a legislative breakfast sponsored by the Orleans County Farm Bureau March 3 said they don’t see the point of banning GMOs. [Read more…]

New cover crop termination policy

CN-MR-1-New cover crop 1by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Cover crops are gaining popularity as a way to improve soils, drought resistance and cash crop yields. Grasses, legumes and forbs can be used as cover crops. To protect crop insurance eligibility, farmers must understand and carefully follow the NRCS Cover Crop Termination Guidelines including the termination periods. [Read more…]

CNY CCE 2014 Calf Health and Nutrition Conference: shaping her future

CEW-MR-3-Calf Health3by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“When we think about why we have so many calf health challenges, it can come down to those first few hours of life,” stated Dairy Specialist Dr. Kimberley Morrill.

Morrill joined with Dr. Fernando Soberon in a presentation for the 2014 Calf Health and Nutrition Conference put on by Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Central New York Dairy and Field Crops Team.

Morrill and Soberon presented updated information concerning the critical importance of colostrum to every newborn calf. [Read more…]