ALFRED, NY — Some folks have been pondering whether grass-based farmer, Russ Wilson, enjoys being categorized as a livestock producer more or being labeled as a soil microbe savant more. One thing’s for sure, you can’t deny his optimism for the future and his passion for improving land by creating a resilient base of grazing forages as the centerpiece of profitability. [Read more…]
More than 100 farmers and Ag Industry professionals attended the West Virginia Southern Conservation District’s (SCD) Farm Field Day on June 16 at the John Farrell Farm located near Hinton, WV. The field day featured exhibitors from governmental agencies including the West Virginia Extension Service, West Virginia Conservation District, West Virginia Division of Forestry, the USDA Farm Service Agency and the USDA NRCS. Additional exhibits included farm businesses that serve or benefit from SCD resources. [Read more…]
On June 16, 2017, Kristy Shafer, Agriculture PTECH Principal, Hamilton- Fulton- Montgomery (HFM) BOCES, welcomed attendees to the inaugural HFM Ag PTECH FFA Awards Banquet and ceremony.
The new FFA Chapter was implemented under the leadership of NY Association of Agricultural Educators 2017 Outstanding Teacher, PTECH FFA Advisor Julia Hudyncia. [Read more…]
When Haley-Ann, 10, and Riley Lynch, 7, get out from school they don’t go home to watch TV. Most days they go directly to their grandparent’s beef cattle farm in Southwick, MA where they help with various chores. When the weekend comes, they get up at the crack of dawn to do more. [Read more…]
“There is no wealth other than that which comes from sunlight and the green growing plants that grow from it on regenerating soils,” quoted Phyllis van Amburgh of Dharma Lea Farm, Sharon Springs, NY.
Van Amburgh was quoting Allan Savory. “Everyone should have this on their wall!” van Amburgh said. [Read more…]
Dr. Madonna Benjamin, extension veterinarian and assistant professor at Michigan State University, says human movement from one farm to another creates the perfect disease vector — especially for diseases that are transferred through manure. [Read more…]
When outbreaks of salmonellosis occur in humans and the source of the infection is found to be poultry, the inclination is to point the finger at large commercial operations. Such suspicions may often be unfounded with the source being small backyard flocks. The birds in these flocks generally appear to be in good health and may be treated as pets especially by younger children in a household. [Read more…]
BOUCKVILLE, NY — Paulie Drexler’s Springside Farm sign exclaiming, “Life is too short to knit with bad yarn” brought smiles to a record crowd attending the 7th annual Central New York Fiber Arts Festival. And why would you settle for inferiority, with all the diverse choices of natural fiber products from a variety of wooly animals? With over 100 exhibits, workshops and vendors showcasing angora goats, rabbits, alpacas, sheep and even hair from a happy, summer-clipped Akbash guardian dog, there was enough “Mo-hair” for everyone. [Read more…]