When January rolls around, most people are still recovering from all of the holiday festivities and are looking forward to Martin Luther King weekend and an extra day off. If you’re a New York Junior Holstein Association member, you’re gearing up for the New York State Holstein Convention and three days full of speech competitions, dairy quiz bowl heats, rounds of dairy jeopardy and the much anticipated naming of the two state Distinguished Junior Member awards. [Read more…]
Dr. Joseph Elkinton of the University of Massachusetts and the Department of Environmental Conservation has extensively studied the non-native insect, the gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar). He was one of the guest speakers at the Invasive Insect Certification Program for Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forest Pests provided by UMass Extension in late February. [Read more…]
Are loggers knocking at your door? You need a forester, according to Rene Germain, PhD. A professor at SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry and certified forester, Germain presented “Importance of Working with a Forester to Meet Landowner Objectives” at the recent New York Farm Show. [Read more…]
The Sifford family’s beef herd isn’t the largest in the state, but it’s serving an important purpose for the young women who own the animals.
Rosemary and Steve Sifford and their daughters raise cattle on their farm in Snow Camp, NC. Rosemary explains that their two older daughters, Madison and Salem, own the animals in the herd, and are responsible for their care as well as making breeding decisions and preparing them for shows and sales. [Read more…]
An intensive two-day training workshop hosted by a team of leaders in the north eastern New York Ag industry, took place at Templeton Hall, Cooperstown, NY, where producers of all levels were instructed on preparing their products for marketing to wholesale buyers — especially food hubs, groceries, restaurants and cooperatives. [Read more…]
SYRACUSE, NY — Daisy Trowbridge has shown cattle more than half her life. Though that equals only six years, the 11-year old offered sound advice on breaking calves to halter at the New York Farm Show recently.
With her grandpa Phil Trowbridge along for moral support, Daisy addressed a crowd in the beef area of the Dairy building at the New York State Fairgrounds. [Read more…]
The entire state of Massachusetts is quarantined for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in an effort to stop its spread, pursuant to USDA-APHIS Federal Regulation -7 CFR, 301.53. The full state quarantine regulation took effect on Feb. 9, 2015. [Read more…]
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…]