Conservation Innovation Grants

2019-06-17T07:52:15-05:00June 17, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Love ag research? The 2018 Farm Bill offers a new opportunity for qualifying farmers to partner with NRCS to get part of $25 million in grant money to use on-farm conservation measure and study their effectiveness. Kari Cohen, projects branch chief with USDA NRCS in Washington D.C., presented a webinar on the topic recently, highlighting what applicants should know during the application process. (more…)

Students: Pre-Registration open for New York State FFA Welding Contest

2019-06-04T10:55:55-05:00June 4, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

Students: Pre-Registration open for New York State FFA Welding Contest

SENECA FALLS, NY — Students in grades 9-12 have until July 23 to pre-register for the 2019 New York State FFA Welding Competition that will be held at the 2019 Empire Farm Days. The students will demonstrate their welding knowledge and skills for Morrisville State College scholarship awards on Thursday, Aug. 8 at the 2019 Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY. (more…)

Llama and alpaca parasite management

2019-06-04T10:52:41-05:00June 4, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Katie Navarra

Parasite control based on fecal egg counts is recommended for livestock as resistance to anthelmintics continues to be problematic. Basing treatment on the results of fecal testing can be costly in large herds. Whether done by a veterinarian or sent to a laboratory for evaluation there is a fee for the service. However, the supplies are readily available and with basic training, livestock owners can learn to run fecal tests on their farm. (more…)

A challenge, but a rewarding one

2019-06-03T15:47:20-05:00June 3, 2019|New England Farm Weekly|

by Enrico Villamaino

Started by Lewis Fraser Chase, Chase’s Organic Dairy Farm has grown and prospered in Mapleton, Maine, for over 80 years.

Founded in 1935, Chase’s began milking cows in 1955. The entire family is involved in caring for the land and the cattle, and today is owned and operated by Vaughn Chase and his wife Laura Chase. (more…)

Not your father’s growing season

2019-06-04T10:53:08-05:00June 3, 2019|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

During a drought, farmers hope for rain. When there’s too much rain, farmers wish they could just turn off the spigot.

“In drier conditions, people can get on the fields,” said David Balbian, Cornell Cooperative Extension regional dairy management specialist. “The fiber digestibility is typically better. In dry conditions, we don’t get a lot of feed, but we do get high quality because the lack of moisture reduces the lignin content in the plant, which increases fiber digestibility.” (more…)

Determination, perseverance and help from friends: The formula for Derrick Austin’s path to full-time farming

2019-06-03T10:50:20-05:00June 3, 2019|Mid Atlantic|

by Karl H. Kazaks

OLIVE BRANCH, NC – “I would be drilling wheat until one, two in the morning,” said Derrick Austin, “freezing my tail off. Then get up and go to my grading job. It was the start of where I’m at now. If it hadn’t been for those late nights then I wouldn’t be where I am now.” (more…)

Gaining confidence

2019-06-03T09:22:38-05:00June 3, 2019|Mid Atlantic|

by Sally Colby

A wall full of ribbons is an impressive sight, but is it a confidence booster or a reminder of failure?

When she was 12, Jessica Rupp, of Aspers, PA, started participating in local shows in English classes. But her heart was set on barrel racing. (more…)