The FFA paused from its hectic daily schedule on March 11 to thank legislators for acting, or enacting, on their behalf and on behalf of the citizens of the commonwealth. Bills that range from bounties on coyotes to tractor driving and a host of other agriculture-related legal concerns are matters taken up by state House and Senate members during the past year. Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George Greig added that such legislation helps the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to “keep up with our regulatory responsibilities such as inspecting restaurants and school cafeterias, and checking gas pumps to make sure they are dispensing the correct amount of fuel, and keeping our animals and plants safe from disease and pests.” [Read more…]
“Here in Upstate New York, our agricultural industry is just hours from one of the largest appetites in the country. While Upstate economy is uneasy, it is the economic engine of agriculture that can be a difference maker,” stated the NY State Acting Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets Richard Ball. Ball was the featured speaker at the SUNY Cobleskill 2nd Presidents Roundtable Breakfast hosted by Acting President Debra Thatcher on April 2. Ball, who was named to the position at the beginning of 2014, shared some of actions that the department is taking to enable the state’s agricultural industry. [Read more…]
HOLLAND PATENT, NY — Skyrocketing electricity bills, GMO crops, farm inspections, water drainage, crop insurance and a seemingly-endless winter were on the minds of a group of dairy farmers who gathered at Finndale Farms for the final winter Shop Meeting sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Oneida County. [Read more…]
Lincoln and Hilary Costa farm with a team of horses at their 45 acre Sawyer Farm in Worthington, MA, providing produce and meat for a year-round CSA of 15 families at their home since 2010.
Their horses are both retired from competitive pulling on the country fair circuit. Misty is a spry half Belgian, half Percheron 18 year old and Mouse is an energetic Belgian 22 year old. [Read more…]
While students enjoy their spring break, the Rome Ballroom at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT becomes available for a variety of activities geared to groups outside the student body. It was in this setting that several university groups collaborated to present a meeting titled, “Collaborations for Agricultural Profitability.” To develop this program, three departments within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources collaborated to bring in speakers with expertise in a variety of areas that relate directly to marketing and promotion. The Department of Extension, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and the Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy developed an informative session designed to stimulate those in the industry to take a hard look at their own management and marketing programs. [Read more…]