In the 30th anniversary year of Community Supported Agriculture, Elizabeth Henderson of Peacework Organic CSA in Wayne County, NY, and other long-time CSA farmers decided to draw up a charter to provide a definition of Community Supported Agriculture. [Read more…]
WATERLOO, NY — Last season’s weather in New York was just what wheat farmers needed: hot and dry, according to Mike Stanyard, PhD and senior Extension associate with Cornell’s Northwestern New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team. He presented “Small Grains Management Updates: Wheat & Malting Barley” at the recent Soybean Small Grains Congress 2017, hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team. [Read more…]
Dr. Troy Ott is Associate Director of the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences at Penn State’s main campus in State College. As a reproductive biologist, he studies dairy cow fertility. “I’m going to give you sort of a history lesson…because things are moving fast, and whenever things move fast people tend to get alarmed by that, and they get caught off-guard.” [Read more…]
“Marketing should be as painless and as labor efficient as possible,” Matt LeRoux, Ag Marketing Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension stated. He proceeded to elaborate by explaining that effort put towards marketing should result in something. Furthermore, he insisted marketing shouldn’t be complicated. [Read more…]
WATERLOO, NY — Spraying soybeans isn’t just about effective pest and disease control. Best management practices (BMPs) also include keeping spray where it belongs. Bob DeWaine, technology development representative for Monsanto, presented “Back to the BMPs of Spraying: Getting Ready for Dicamba Resistant Soybeans” at the recent Soybean Small Grains Congress 2017, hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team. [Read more…]
by Jane Primerano
The saying is “small is beautiful,” but it could be “small is profitable.”
Jean-Martin Fortier, owner-operator of Broadfork Farm in Quebec, is a firm believer in that.
Fortier was keynote speaker at the 27th Annual Winter Conference of the Northeast Organic Farming Association – New Jersey. He spoke about his success with the 10-acre farm he has been running for several years. [Read more…]
“These heifers are some of the nicest I’ve ever raised,” said Dave Stanton of Walton, NY.
Stanton has been in dairying for 22 years and says he started out with nothing more than a 9N tractor and a manure spreader. Now he is milking 55 registered Holsteins. [Read more…]
LATHAM, NY — When Indiana farmer and guest speaker, Blaine Hitzfield, suggested that adopting a new belief system in agriculture was needed for success, 140 fellow farmers took notice. “Timing is on our side, as the consumer is actively seeking an authentic story from their community. But will you change your position and climb the value chain in the market?” asked the marketing manager for the Seven Sons Farm operation. [Read more…]