ALPINE, NY — It has been said that you can’t truly understand something until it happens to you and the meaning of the situation is discovered in that experience. Luckily we have farmers who will share their story in an effort to help us learn. Nothing was more poignant in this journey for knowledge than finding out ways to manage grazing land and animals through the southern tier’s awful 2016 drought. [Read more…]
At 74-years-young, Herbert Zeager of Limestoneville, PA in Montour County is still farming 350 acres; feeding Angus steers for beef — about 100 at a time — and caring for guinea keets from the time they are delivered to his barn at one day old until they are less temperature-sensitive and better able to take care of themselves. With the part-time help of his son John, Zeager raises and turns over about 10,000 guinea fowl every 15 weeks. [Read more…]
JOHNSTOWN, NY — Possibly one of the most known and photographed bulls in Fulton County, Goober, has been bringing joy and excitement to everyone he has met for the last 18 years. Goober is a large and friendly Brahman bull which has been attending the Fulton County Day on the Farm event at Rodgers Family Orchard for four years. Owner Brian Dailey and Goober also show up at Peaceful Valley Maple Farms for their open house during “maple month”. [Read more…]
SENECA FALLS, NY — Ethics, economics, environmental considerations, legality: farmers have many reasons to abide by workers safety regulations. Christopher Wainwright, pesticide control specialist with the New York State Department of Conservation recently presented “New Federal WPS Regulations for Ag Chemical Handling” at Empire Farm Days. [Read more…]
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA – Maine Day at “New England’s Largest Fair” attracted a record crowds and celebrated its 100th anniversary promoting agriculture, education, industry, family entertainment and traditions that are part of New England’s heritage. [Read more…]
Farming fish is a form of agriculture. While it doesn’t involve soil and tillage, it does involve the raising of an animal species in a domesticated setting, for food. And like all livestock farming, it involves manure management, feeding, animal wellness and slaughter.
“Intensively selecting aquatic animals from the wild, in an attempt to farm them, as the wild populations we had could not sustain” the demand for seafood, began about 50 years ago, Dr. John Jensen, Professor Emeritus, Schools of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University said. [Read more…]
Opening day at the Big E in Springfield on Sept. 16 heralded a record-breaking number of 86,204 souls that walked through the gates. The following day, 116,602 attended. People walking, riding in wheelchairs and pushing baby carriages wanted to experience the Lourdes of agricultural entertainment, music, parades, and other fun at the Big E’s 100th year celebration. [Read more…]
FANCY GAP, VA – Five years ago, Barry Iroler embarked on a post-retirement occupation, growing wholesale pumpkins, with no inkling that the operation would become a second career and a totally different type of business: a popular pick-your-own (PYO) pumpkin patch with a variety of family-oriented agritourism options.
Being from Carroll County – a major pumpkin-producing region – it was easy for Iroler to decide to grow pumpkins, specifically Aladdins that first year. [Read more…]