“Governor Andrew Cuomo is moving forward with some major budget proposals that will impact agriculture across the state in positive and negative ways. New York Farm Bureau has advocated on a host of issues mentioned in the State of the State, and many of the Governor’s requests reflect his interest to improving conditions for family farms across the state. [Read more…]
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…]
If you haven’t already heard by now, climate change is on the minds of many New Yorkers, and the world. This has spurred community based leaders and elected officials to open up the (our) coffers in an attempt to research, educate and stem the tide of Mother Nature’s finger-pointing for our years of environmental, financial and social behavior. Why? So we can become a more resilient state.
The earth’s condition has inspired me to educate myself at resiliency summits and agricultural meetings to try and separate fact from hysteria; all the while lamenting about my farm’s biggest resiliency question. What is the one thing that will make us (you) more resilient? [Read more…]
This year’s Keystone Farm Show, the 19th annual “Farm Show for Farmers” held Jan 5-7, was by far the biggest and best show yet. Some would say it was “Stellar!” With more than 400 exhibitors filling every venue available at the York Fairgrounds in York, PA, attendees were able to shop both indoors and out, because this year’s mild and sunny weather was most accommodating as it welcomed farmers from Pennsylvania and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic states. Venues for the vendor’s displays included eight permanent buildings and a heated 200-foot long tent (for the second year), along with a number of outdoor exhibits strategically placed around the show campus. Show manager, Ken Maring, said the response for exhibit space has been so encouraging that the show staff is considering adding a second heated tent for the 2017 Keystone Farm Show. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
Animal rights organizations use many tactics, and perhaps one of the most effective is undercover videos.
“It used to be that individuals would break into farms in the dead of night, release animals and capture animals,” said Kay Johnson Smith, president and CEO of Animal Agriculture Alliance, an organization that promotes animal welfare while bringing awareness to animal rights activists. “They learned that that tactic wasn’t garnering sympathy with the media. They weren’t able to get their story out that way, so they decided to get individuals employed on farms to produce undercover videos.” [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
The new employee presented what appeared to be an outstanding resume, and was willing to work wherever she was needed on the farm. With one employee out with an injury and two more away for several weeks, you hired her on the spot.
What happened next is every farmer’s nightmare. That new employee was an animal rights activist, working for a well-known animal rights organization, and had been taking photos and video with the intention of creating an undercover video that would be used against your farm. [Read more…]
Two Sussex County 4-H youth were part of a seven-member team of Delaware 4-H youth who represented Delaware as delegates to the National 4-H Congress over the 2015 Thanksgiving weekend. The 94-year tradition recognizes a career of 4-H leadership and project work. In order to be eligible, 4-H’ers must be 14 to 19 years of age and submit a state 4-H record book that chronicles the scope of their leadership, community service and project work acquired through their years of involvement as a Delaware 4-H member. [Read more…]
BURDETT, NY – Jim Curatolo has been described as an entrepreneur, an outlier, a maverick, a conservationist and to his closest friends, “The Wetland Jesus”. His new title of “retired” probably won’t have him relaxing in a chair for long, but rest assured his 20 year legacy of putting projects on the ground will last a lifetime.