NAFDMA 2015 “Setting the Stage”

CM-CN-MR-3-NAFDMA_IMG_7673 copyby Branden Jaquays

This year’s get-together for the North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association took place in Nashville and Knoxville, TN. The week-long event was part trade show, part tour and also featured two days of in-depth marketing specific demonstrations and discussions by experts and peers on how members can best grow their business. With several hundred in attendance, extra transportation was need to bus groups to various tour stops around the areas of both cities. [Read more…]

2015 CNY Small Grain Workshop ~ Part 2

CEW-MR-1-Small grainpt2by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Professor Margaret Smith, Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences School of Integrative Plant Science Plant Breeding and Genetics, informed attendees at the 2015 CNY Small Grain Workshop about small grain variety trial results and performance in New York State.

Smith reported that regional testing sites are scattered across the state, providing a wide range of results, while adding to the multi-year data base. [Read more…]

Farm Credit East Releases Information Analyzing the Economic Impact of Agriculture on the Northeast’s Economy

farmcreditlogoIn honor of National Ag Day on March 18, Farm Credit East celebrates the contributions of agriculture producers throughout the Northeast. The agricultural, commercial fishing and forest products industries contribute $99.4 billion to regional total sales and generate 474,482 jobs in the Northeast.

Northeast agriculture is characterized by its diversity and consumer focus. Major agriculture industries in the region include dairy, greenhouse, nursery, fruit and vegetable. 79,485 farms operate more than 12 million acres in the Northeast. [Read more…]

Animal agriculture, climate change and sustainability

by Tamara Scully

There isn’t one set definition of sustainable practices for livestock production. Even among producers, sustainable production is based on a variety of perspectives, and takes multiple forms. While debates on grass-fed production, confined animal feeding operations, synthetic inputs and other practices often divide those in the agricultural sector, non-farmers are also weighing in with their own definitions of sustainable livestock production.

“We definitely have issues with miscommunication,” when 98 percent of eaters are non-farmers, Sarah Place, Ph.D, assistant professor, Sustainable Beef Cattle Systems, Oklahoma State University said.

Environmental impact, social issue, and economic viability are all components of sustainable farming systems, according to Place. Sustainability, from the producer’s perspective, has to encompass long-term business viability, stewardship of natural resources, animal welfare, and responsibility to the community and to the family. [Read more…]