Recently I traveled to Syracuse, NY for the Calf & Heifer Congress 2015. This conference is coordinated by Cornell University Cooperative Extension and Pro-Dairy. The theme of the conference was “Manage What Matters,” which emphasized the importance of managing a profitable dairy replacement herd. This was a two-day event that began on Tuesday, Dec. 15 and ended on Wednesday, Dec. 16. I joined the Calf & Heifer Congress with Jeanne Wormuth, Farm Manager of CY Heifer Farm located in Elba, NY. CY Heifer Farm raises approximately 4,000 heifers each year for contract herds, including an on-site veal raising facility in cooperation with Provitello. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
The demand for organic corn, soy, and wheat for both feed and food markets is increasing. According to United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service’s data, organic corn acreage has increased 24 percent since 2011. Soy has shown a modest three percent increase during this same time. While organic wheat acreage decreased by three percent, overall wheat acreage in the United States also declined during that timeframe. [Read more…]
With the addition of a toy exhibit area and the expansion into an additional building, the Keystone Farm Show is cementing its status as being the largest farm equipment and service provider trade show in Pennsylvania.
The show, now entering its 18th year, is the first farm show of the year and has the largest number of agriculture exhibitors on the East Coast. [Read more…]
If you are thinking about adding a new profitable enterprise to your dairy operation, dairy-beef production could be a natural fit.
“Sometimes it is hard to convince dairy farmers that they are also beef farmers. After all, think about where the cows go at the end of their life. The better care they receive, the higher value they will have at that point,” said Tom Gallagher, livestock specialist, Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program.
Ducklings imprint themselves on their mother ducks when they hatch so they know how to eat, how to swim and what to fear in order to survive in this world, both in the wild and domesticated on farms. Licensed breeder, Robert Labrie of Townshend, VT, owner of Friesians of Majesty FPZV-USA, imprints his foals to himself when they are born. This lessens their innate fear of people. He is working on getting his process patented. [Read more…]
AUGUSTA, MA — The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) recently released its 2015 report on spruce budworm in Maine. Entomologists from the DACF’s Maine Forest Service note a steady rise in the numbers of insects caught in pheromone traps concentrated along the Canadian border. Quebec’s infestation now encompasses 15.6 million acres and has spread south onto the Gaspe Peninsula and toward Maine. The insect’s potential to become an outbreak over vast regions of commercially valuable spruce-fir forests has scientists and public official deeply concerned. An infestation can spread rapidly via moths migrating to new areas. [Read more…]
Members of the Storrs Regional FFA Chapter in Connecticut were one of 43 teams participating in the National FFA Agricultural Tech. and Mech. Systems Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, KY. The team, led by advisor Jim Pomeroy, was awarded a Silver emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 160 other participants. Patrick Clarke received a Silver emblem, Benjamin Garrison received a Silver, Benjamin Conklin received a Gold emblem, for placing 7th individual overall and received a check for $700 and a free welder and Mitchell Sanchez received a Bronze emblem. [Read more…]
HARRISBURG, PA — High-quality farmland in 18 Pennsylvania counties will remain in agricultural production thanks to the state’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board. During the meeting, the board took action to safeguard 2,652 additional acres on 33 farms through the state’s nation-leading farmland preservation program. [Read more…]