Regulation questions raised at CNY CCE Tile Drainage School

CEW-MR-1-Tile Drainage1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Wetland violations and the determination process of those violations, were some of the issues discussed at the Central New York Cornell Cooperative Extension Tile Drainage School, which took place in Ballston Spa on Nov. 12.

“We use historical information,” said NRCS Conservation Program Manager, Scott Fitscher. Photos which are available in the Washington County office go back to 1942.

Historical files of previous drainage projects and documentation of the land is also used to make determinations, as is soil type. State maps are not used. [Read more…]

Energy conservation opportunities in broiler and breeder poultry operations

CN-MR-2-Poultry2by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Poultry operators can increase profits by lowering ongoing energy expenses. Dennis Brothers, Extension poultry housing specialist with the National Poultry Technology Center of Auburn University, led a recent webinar on this topic called “Poultry Operations: Broiler and Breeder Energy Conservation Opportunities.” Brothers focused on commercial broiler and breeder houses. Brothers said broiler and breeder chicken production accounted for 85-90 percent of American commercial poultry houses. [Read more…]

Grazing stockpiled pasture takes patience

by Troy Bishopp

Joe Namath said, “First I prepare. Then I have Faith.” I’ve got my own context: “Without goals, passion and the faith to succeed, you will fail.” When it comes to grazing animals into the winter season it pays to develop patience and a sense of humor as you battle Mother Nature’s wrath.

Like a sickness, I’ve been on a quest to achieve year round grazing in the Northeast because someone said it couldn’t be done. It’s a challenge I’ll admit, but it has many beneficial layers to plants, animals, soil and people. [Read more…]

WOTUS: Where every molecule of water can earn a fine

CEW-MR-1-WOTUS1240by Steve Wagner

Welcome to the wonderful world of WOTUS. That acronym stands for Waters of the United States. As is often necessary, political outrage spawns acronyms because the term in question is likely to be around for a long time and is thus easier to reference. [Read more…]

Vermont 4-H horse delegation excels in national competition

CN-RP-1-VT4HHorseBURLINGTON, VT — Nearly 300 4-H’ers from 24 states gathered in Louisville, KY, Nov. 7-9, for the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup, including 16 Vermonters who earned a place on the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H delegation as winners at state competitions.

The roundup, considered the largest national 4-H horse program contest in the country, was hosted by the North American International Livestock Exposition at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. Participants qualified for one of the six contests — hippology, horse judging, horse quiz bowl, team demonstrations, public speaking and individual presentations. [Read more…]