Pretty pasture thieves

CEW-MR-1-Buttercups54881by Sally Colby

The sight of horses standing in a field of bright yellow buttercups is attractive, but buttercups in a horse pasture aren’t good. The presence of buttercups, especially an overabundance, signals the need for more proactive pasture management. [Read more…]

Tour draws visitors to Drover Hill Farm

CE-MR-3-Drover-Hill21by Pat Malin

EARLVILLE, NY — The authentic Victorian-era home that serves as a bed-and-breakfast is testament to the time-honored traditions at Drover Hill Farm.

The owner, William Lipsey, has raised registered Highland and Angus cattle for 33 years. The herds are pasture-fed with patience, and finished off “when they’re ready,” said his wife, Stephanie, meaning about 16 to 27 months. [Read more…]

U.S. dairy industry supports action by Congress to repeal Country of Origin Labeling

U.S. must comply with World Trade Organization rules to avoid damage to dairy sector

American dairy products headed to Canada and Mexico could face stiffer tariffs — and ultimately, reach fewer foreign customers — unless Congress repeals Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for meat products that violate international trade rules, the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council said on May 20. [Read more…]

The superstition mountains of GMOs

CW-MR-1-GMO_04561by Steve Wagner
Changing Food Trends was the theme of the 137th PennAg Annual Meeting and it asked the question on the front page of the program “do consumers drive the agricultural marketplace?” Penn State’s Ross Pifer was one of the answerers. Pifer, who is with the Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center’s Rural Economic Development Clinic, pointed out many of the ifs, ands or buts with regard to how various states are handling some of the thornier issues. Pifer is specifically addressing mandatory GMO labeling. [Read more…]