SUNY Cobleskill Dairy Cattle club promoting dairy through social media

CE-MR-2-Dairy-Cattle-Club11by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

At a time when the dairy industry has been under fire and animal welfare tops the list of consumer dairy concerns, the Dairy Cattle Club at State University of NY (SUNY) Cobleskill is reaching out to impact the dairy industry in a positive way, targeting consumers through social media.

Club President Erika Gogis reports that last semester, in addition to interacting with the public on campus, the club produced a video.

“This video displays our dairy club and educational programs and also supports the positive image of agriculture,” said Gogis. [Read more…]

The new farmers

CN-33-4-The-new-farmers41by Laura Rodley

Atherton Farm

Santa Claus had some flying competition in Buckland, MA in 2015. The wreaths that farmer Susan Atherton made by hand out of materials from her farm flew off the wreath stand faster than Santa Claus can fly across the sky.

“They fly right out of here. My friend made my display so you can see it from the road,” said Atherton, and customers pull right into her driveway, to be met first by her friendly large dog Oso.   As with all items offered by farmers, there is a lot of preparation involved. She started making the wreaths on November 1. Her personal favorite was the wreath that she decorated with variety of strawflowers grown in her garden.   Her natural wreath, which featured milkweed pods and milkweed fluff, was very popular. [Read more…]

Berkshire Gilt takes the Supreme Champion Swine Award at the 2016 PA Farm Show

CM-RP-16-6-Swine61HARRISBURG, PA – The Supreme Champion Bred Gilt was awarded to the Berkshire gilt ALIJ Amy 4-4 owned by Ronald and Luke States from Rossiter, Indiana County, on Saturday, January 9, at the 2016 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Judge Ken Lane of Spragueville, Iowa, complimented each of the exhibitors, commending them for presenting an excellent set of 110 gilts. Following the selection of the supreme champion, the bred gilts were auctioned by longtime show volunteer Harry H. Bachman, Annville, Lebanon County. [Read more…]

NYS Ag Commissioner optimistic at NYS Ag Society and Forum Meeting

CEW-MR-1-Ag-Society-Ball61by Pat Malin

LIVERPOOL, NY – New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball is predicting 2016 will be a “year of optimism” for agriculture.

During his address at the 184th meeting of the New York State Agricultural Society Meeting and Forum on Jan. 7, Ball referred to “renewed recognition of how important the (farm) industry is to our state’s economy.”

With two years in office behind him, Ball is hitting full stride now, especially in the marketing department. With Governor Andrew Cuomo’s help, the department has succeeded in pushing local agriculture farther out into the public square, gaining attention and revenue for farmers and spotlighting the state’s homegrown quality produce. [Read more…]