Veterinarian Dr. Geoff Tucker developed his school, The Equine Dentistry School Online, after floating more than 60,000 horses’ teeth over three decades. The school, started September 2014 with a worldwide practical component, already has two graduates — a veterinarian in New York and a citizen of the Dominican Republic. “I became a veterinarian because I love horses,” Tucker said. He even overcame dyslexia to graduate from Cornell University. In 2014, he released his compelling third book, Since the Days of the Romans: My Journey of Discovering a Life of Horses. He is pictured with his horse, Oliver, on the cover. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
A petition to allow exhaust gas to be used underground for rodent control in certified organic production has been submitted to the National Organic Standards Board. The NOSB will need to consider whether or not the gas is potentially toxic to humans, to soil microbes, non-borrowing animals, or natural rodent predators, as well as the availability and efficacy of alternative control methods. In October, 2014, the NOSB released its technical data report on exhaust gas.
Several prominent New York state farmers have been among those contributing to the discussion, via posts on the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA) ODairy list serve forum. The ODairy forum is a very active public forum, where many prominent members of the organic community across the nation comment on and discuss a variety of agriculturally relevant topics. [Read more…]
by Bill and Mary Weaver
Adam Kantrovich, Farm Management Educator for MSU Extension, has heard “just about every notion known to mankind” on the topic of how to avoid having problems with the ACA. He has also studied the law carefully enough to be able to point out what sorts of things might get an employer in trouble.
For example, Kantrovich advises, don’t decide to divide your larger business into multiple smaller entities, solely for the purpose of getting around the ACA.
“If you develop a series of separate business entities, even with limited differences in ownership, they may still be considered a single ‘control group’ by the IRS. This would mean an owner is required to count all employees from all entities in determining their status as either a ‘Small’ or ‘Large’ employer under the ACA guidelines. [Read more…]
The 25th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show butter sculpture, unveiled at a ceremony on Jan. 8, depicts the groundbreaking milk distribution designed to provide milk to at-risk Pennsylvanians through the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. The Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program sponsored the sculpture which features the milk distribution program implemented in June 2014, an initiative implemented by the PDA and the two organizations. [Read more…]
LIVERPOOL, NY — Bill Magee, a fixture in the New York Assembly, received the well-deserved New York State Agricultural Society’s Distinguished Service Citation at the conclusion of the 183rd meeting and agricultural forum at the Holiday Inn on Jan. 8.
Magee, a native of Madison County in central New York and a Cornell University graduate, has served the interests of New York agriculture and the 121st Assembly District since 1990. He has been chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee since 1999 and has been a longtime ally of the Farm Bureau.
The citation was established in 1956 as the Ag Society’s highest honor. [Read more…]
LIVERPOOL, NY -— Richard Ball has been a farmer for four decades, but in the past 12 months he was surprised to witness some very different aspects of agriculture.
After he donned the hat of New York Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets in January 2014, Ball traveled constantly, listening to and helping other farmers with their concerns. Occasionally, their concerns were beyond his personal experience.
Last July, for example, he visited farms in Lewis County in far northern New York that were hard hit by a rare tornado. In November, he commiserated with farmers in Erie County in western New York following an unusually-heavy snowstorm that leveled, by local accounts, nearly 100 barns and greenhouses and wiped out livestock and crops. Yates County farms suffered from a severe hail storm. [Read more…]
Farmers hear it all the time: “We have to educate the consumer.”
But what if the consumer doesn’t want to be educated? What if the consumer is simply looking for clear answers to honest questions?
The generation currently making the most noise about food production is millennials. They’re the children of baby boomers, ranging in age from 18 to 34. [Read more…]
Within the last several weeks two announcements of national consequence were made. Both National Beef and JBS, two of the world’s largest meat packers, and certainly two of the Big 4 here in the United States, announced they will launch branded beef programs marketing 100% Grass-fed Beef domestically sourced. In much the same way Organic has become fairly mainstream, 100% Grass-fed and Finished (NO Grain ever) is also becoming a major sector of growth in beef demand. The Big 4 are recognizing it and intend to capitalize on it.