Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony on April 25 at the Supreme Court building. The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 on April 24. After Secretary Perdue took the oath of office, he addressed employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) before getting to work. On April 25, USDA launched his official Twitter handle: @SecretarySonny. [Read more…]
The Fruit Growers Associations of Rhode Island and Massachusetts held their first combined twilight meeting of the season on April 20, 2017 at Phantom Farms, Cumberland, RI. The focus of the evening was options for controlling weeds in apple orchards and other perennial fruit crops. [Read more…]
Dr. Stephen Purdy is an adjunct associate professor of animal science at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Purdy also heads the Nunoa Project, an organization which provides education and support for alpaca farmers, students and veterinarians in both the U.S. and Peru. [Read more…]
LIVERPOOL, NY — It may seem like your herd loves their feed more than anything, but according to Heather Dann, Ph.D, they’d rather rest than eat.
A research scientist with William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, NY, Dann said when overcrowded cows face the choice of eating or lying down, they’ll choose lying down. [Read more…]
“What can we do as a college and a university to work with farmers, communities and municipalities that are dealing with issues related to water quality, and really meet what we try to say are the dual goals of productive viable growing of agriculture into the future, healthy communities, and also clean rivers and streams?” asked Matt Royer, Director of the Penn State Agriculture & Environment Center at the Winter Farmers Meeting in Mount Joy, PA. [Read more…]
Veterinarian Dr. Jessica Scillieri Smith, of Quality Milk Services in New York, says when it comes to foul ups in milking systems, there’s usually more going on than just the milking system.
“When we look at the herd to work on problems and trouble-shoot, we like to look at everything,” she said. “If a farmer says, ‘I think it’s the milking system’, more often than not there’s more than one thing going on.” [Read more…]
“Having a successful repro program is critical to the economic success of your dairy,” remarked CNY Regional Dairy Specialist Dave Balbian. “We all know that ‘Getting Cows Pregnant Puts Money in Your Pocket.’” [Read more…]
Stacey and John Grabski were mainly beef farmers before they had the idea to open a store on their property. Angus and Herefords were bred onsite and sold by whole or halves to customers. The farm was also home to horses that the Grabskis showed in Western Pleasure. [Read more…]