NY Farm Bureau meets to object to minimum wage increase

CEW-MR-2-NYFB-minimum-wage1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Small business owners, Chambers of Commerce and county Farm Bureaus joined forces on Monday, March 21 to raise their voices against the proposed $15/H minimum wage hike in New York State.

“The coalition remains united in its efforts to defeat what would be a devastating blow to local employers,” said NYFB Manager of Public Affairs Steve Ammerman. “In all, 15 press conferences took place from Long Island to the North Country to Western New York. [Read more…]

New York conservation partners commit to 5-year agreement

CEW-MR-1-NYS-Conservation-1by Troy Bishopp

SYRACUSE, NY — Motivational speaker, Tony Robbins said, “There’s no abiding success without commitment.” At the 2016 New York Conservation District Employees Association’s Water Quality Symposium, four leaders from the national, federal, state and local conservation organizations put their autographs on a celebratory Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) committing to work collaboratively on New York’s environmental stewardship goals. [Read more…]

40th New Hampshire Dairy Management Conference

by Kristina Vaughan

Fireside Inn and Suites in West Lebanon, NH was filled with 90 farmers, industry representatives, government employees, college and FFA students on March 17 for the 40th annual Dairy Management Conference. This conference and trade show is one of a four part series including two sites in New Hampshire, and one each in Connecticut and Maine. Held one day prior, the North Country Dairy Seminar & Tradeshow also had a great turnout, boasting 66 participants at the Inn in Whitefield. [Read more…]

Rhode Island Agricultural Council awarded grant

CN-MR-13-1-Rhode-Islandby Kristen M. Castrataro

The Rhode Island Agricultural Council (RIAC) has been awarded a Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) in the amount of $14,291 to be conducted from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. The proposal was submitted to a competitive process and was recommended for funding by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Agricultural Advisory Committee. The SCBG Program is a federal program designed to enhance the visibility and viability of specialty crops in the marketplace. [Read more…]

State Dairy Quiz Bowl tests 4-H’ers’ dairy knowledge

CN-MR-4-UVMEXT-4H-Dairy-bowl2BURLINGTON, VT — The Vermont 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl, the first statewide 4-H dairy event of the year, was held on March 19 at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington.

The UVM Extension 4-H-sponsored event, which included a written test and several buzzer rounds of oral questions, attracted 76 participants. While all age groups competed for rosette ribbons, competitors in the senior division for ages 14 and older, also had a chance for a spot on the four-member state quiz bowl team that will compete at the regional and national level. [Read more…]