Air emissions from livestock farms can cause animal and human health concerns which typically impact the immediate farm surrounds, but do not occur in high enough concentration to be of health concerns off-farm. But when emissions, such as particulate matter and ammonia, settle out of the air, impact to the soil and water occurs. [Read more…]
Jack Kitteridge, policy director of Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts, works hard to keep carbon in the soil on his New England farm.
He was a panel speaker at the NOFA-NJ Winter Conference in late January. His expertise in the field was illustrated by a monograph on carbon sequestration in 2015. [Read more…]
Just because winter is here is no reason to close the barn door to the public, says Shannon Dygert of Dygert’s Dairy in Montgomery County, New York, during a recent winter farm tour.
“We enjoy sharing what we do with people young and old,” said Dygert. [Read more…]
LANCASTER, PA — Entomologist John Tooker, a Penn State extension specialist, told his audience at Lancaster’s Farm and Home Center, pesticides are made to limit life. He added, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) should be your guideline on what pesticides to use. Tooker started by reminding them prairies, which used to dominate the midwest, were the predecessor of agriculture. Herbivore outbreaks are rare in prairies. [Read more…]
Among the most important employees on livestock farms are traditionally the herding dogs.
The bumper sticker that reads “My Border Collie is smarter than your honor student,” is popular and, according to farmers, true. [Read more…]
Trade growth and enhanced commerce have aided many invasive organisms in their spread to new ecosystems.
Human mediated introduction is the way invasive insects and pathogens have entered and continue to enter the U.S. Ninety percent of the recent wood-boring insects arrived in the U.S. via solid wood packaging, or dunnage, and 70 percent of all damaging invasive insects have entered through agricultural shipments. Larvae can survive for months or years inside wooden dunnage or spools. [Read more…]
Ever stubbed your toe? If you have, you will clearly understand how that lame cow in your herd is affected by the throbbing pain in her foot — or feet.
The kick-off meeting of Cornell PRO-Dairy’s ‘Don’t Be Lame!’ workshop, held at the Talley-Ho Restaurant in Richfield Springs, NY, attracted a standing-room-only attendance. [Read more…]
Doug and Pat Aukema started Aukema Dairy Farm as first-generation farmers in New Jersey, then later moved to Chenango Forks, NY to farm there. But Doug wasn’t new to dairy farming — he had grown up on a dairy farm in Holland.
In November of 1991, when Brian was 16, his father Doug was injured in a serious farm accident. Brian handled the majority of the farm work for a while, but the family made the tough decision to sell the herd three months later. [Read more…]