Lameness issues and possible bowed tendon?

2021-07-29T10:51:16-05:00July 29, 2021|Eastern Edition|

This past year has been a difficult one for our 17-year-old mare, Morgan. Back on May 22, 2020, we lost our 36-year-old mare, Sabrina. For the very first time in the seven years since she’s been here, Morgan was suddenly the only horse. I was concerned about how she’d fare; even though she had been the food-dominant horse, she would definitely depend on Sabrina for her guidance, such as what to do in a thunderstorm or how to handle new situations. She was much larger (heavier) than Sabrina and so it would be comical at times to see her jump behind Sabrina for comfort and protection in what she deemed a stressful situation. (more…)

Erie County 4-H’ers achieve excellence

2021-07-27T11:06:47-05:00July 27, 2021|Western Edition|

For members of the Erie County 4-H Youth Development Program were honored to have their Public Presentations selected to be reviewed by State 4-H Staff after great success at the county and district levels. Madison Kehr and Holly and Kelly Niefergold of Lawtons and Jack Niefergold of Springville submitted videos of their presentations for possible selection to the Northeast States Presentation Fest on Sept. 19. Madison and Jack are members of the Lawtons Progressors 4-H Club, while Holly and Kelly are Independent Members. All four youth are students at North Collins Central School. (more…)

Changing work laws in New York

2021-07-27T10:53:15-05:00July 27, 2021|Eastern Edition|

History of New York labor laws and initial legislation

by Sally Colby

Dr. Richard Stup, agricultural workforce specialist at Cornell University, said a lot has happened with New York State labor laws over the past few years. Resulting legislation has led to changes in the traditional farm workplace. (more…)

Northeast senators bundle with farmers’ livelihoods

2021-07-27T10:49:53-05:00July 27, 2021|Mid Atlantic|

by Troy Bishopp

It seems everyone is “bundling” these days, from insurance companies and internet providers to auctioneers and flea market pickers. Bundling is generally used to consolidate and lower prices. It’s also used to get what you want by taking a few lesser items you don’t necessarily prefer. Farmers know this art and science of haggling and bundling very well – and most farmers are wary of the bundle, especially from politicians. (more…)

Forage sampling reveals quality

2021-07-27T10:53:31-05:00July 27, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Feeding nutritious forage is a vital part of promoting animal health and welfare. Dr. Amanda Grev, forage specialist with University of Maryland Extension, recommends forage sampling and testing to ensure forage is meeting animals’ nutritional needs. She presented “Forage Sampling and Forage Analysis Interpretation” as a recent webinar hosted by MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture and UME. (more…)

2021 Pennsylvania Angus Breeders’ Show

2021-07-15T15:51:42-05:00July 15, 2021|Western Edition|

2021 Pennsylvania Angus Breeders’ Show

Angus exhibitors led 100 entries at the 2021 Pennsylvania Angus Breeders’ Show on July 3 in Huntingdon, PA. Bain Wilson of Blacksburg, VA, evaluated the entries before naming champions.

Photos courtesy of Reese Tuckwiller, American Angus Association

Quarterly dairy industry legal update

2021-07-15T15:45:20-05:00July 15, 2021|Western Edition|

On Tuesday, July 27 from noon – 1 p.m., Penn State Law’s Center for Agricultural and Shale Law will be conducting the fourth webinar in its series titled “Quarterly Dairy Industry Legal Update.” The webinar will cover legal and regulatory developments in the U.S. dairy industry in the second quarter of calendar year 2021, and the focused topic will be “Geographical Indications in International Dairy Trade,” presented by Chloe Marie, LL.M., research specialist at the Center for Agricultural and Shale Law. (more…)

Table Rock Farm’s conservation efforts earn recognition

2021-07-15T15:42:50-05:00July 15, 2021|Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Meghan Hauser’s great-grandparents Florence and Scott De Golyer had always lived in town, but in in 1915, they purchased a farm in Castile, NY.

“They were not farmers,” said Hauser. “My great-grandfather was a civil engineer and was working on the Genesee River. He fell in love with the area and bought a dairy farm – probably without input from his wife.” The farm was typical for the time, with a small herd of Guernseys, some chickens and sheep, and dry beans grown as a cash crop. (more…)

Lewis County youth receive enhancement calves

2021-07-15T15:43:53-05:00July 15, 2021|Eastern Edition|

by Aubree Domagala, 4-H Pratt Northam Intern

The Lewis County Enhancement Calf Award has been the Nobel Prize to the youth in Lewis County for many years. Applicants must submit a well-written response essay answering the following questions: What would a registered calf mean to you? What would be your plans for raising and showing the calf? Where would you keep the calf? Applicants are also asked to give a brief explanation of their experiences with farming and showing animals. The two well-earned recipients for the 2021 award this year are Aliya Parker and Sam Beyer. (more…)

Foote named NY Ag Educator of the Year

2021-07-15T15:26:13-05:00July 15, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

Greenwich High School Agricultural Science teacher Betsy Foote was recently named the New York Ag Educator of the Year. The NYS Farm Bureau, Nationwide Insurance and the NYS FFA Association sponsored this award. There were more than 350 NYS ag teachers eligible for this award. Foote was one of the 11 regional winners across the state and was selected to receive the inaugural Golden Owl trophy and a $3,000 cash award. (more…)