Farmers should care for mental health

2019-04-16T10:11:55-05:00April 15, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Many farmers and ranchers are so busy trying to get their operations producing and profitable that they give little thought to physical health; however, mental health also deserves attention. Michigan State University recently offered a webinar on the topic, presented by Andrea Bjornestad, assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at South Dakota State University and Courtney Cuthbertson, community behavioral health specialist at Michigan State University Extension. (more…)

Onboarding – A step beyond orientation

2019-04-16T09:39:35-05:00April 15, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Months aren’t necessarily the way farmers and growers measure their years. They tend to focus more on seasons – specifically, planting season and harvest season. These are two times of the year that extra hands may be needed at many agricultural operations, and so seasonal workers are sought out and hired. (more…)

Congressman Brindisi convenes 1st Agriculture Advisory Committee

2019-04-15T10:17:20-05:00April 15, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

CORTLAND, NY — In a time when New York agriculture faces many challenges and unique opportunities, bringing a team approach and putting many heads together seems like a great idea. For the rural rich 22nd congressional district that spans from Oswego to Tioga County, farmers have a significant stake in the decision-making at the federal level. (more…)

Find the perfect small farm tractor

2019-03-26T10:52:59-05:00March 26, 2019|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Investing in a tractor represents a big part of any small farm’s budget. The selection can affect the farm’s efficiency and profitability. Especially if it’s a used tractor — which many farms may choose to keep costs down — the right tractor can really make a difference in the farm’s viability. No farm of any size and longevity needs big tractor repair bills. That’s why Jason Hartschuh, an agriculture extension educator with Ohio State, presented “How to Buy the Right Tractor for Your Small Farm” at the recent New York Farm Show. (more…)

How to attract more customers

2019-03-26T10:51:05-05:00March 26, 2019|Western Edition|

by Katie Navarra

Improving sales at a farmer’s market stand can feel like a daunting task. Customers stream by without making eye contact or they stop and ask a question, only to walk away without purchasing anything. Speakers at the Capital District Direct Marketing Conference hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County on Feb. 28, provided cost-effective strategies that can help every farm increase sales. (more…)

Cabot Creamery celebrates centennial

2019-03-26T10:45:47-05:00March 26, 2019|New England Farm Weekly|

by Ty Mason

On April 1, 1919, a group of 94 farmers near Cabot, VT, came together sharing one thought – working together they could remain strong. They envisioned and worked toward laying the foundation for a cooperative of farmers sharing all of the profits made from their products. They would form what was then known as Cabot Farmers Cooperative Creamery. The original plant carried an investment of $3,700, which each of the member farmers contributed to in accordance with the number of cows they owned. Only two of these original farmers, Angus Smith and H.L. Nelson, owned more than 30 cows, but combined there were 863 cows among them. Each farmer in the beginning also provided firewood for the plant. (more…)

Time to tap

2019-03-26T10:39:49-05:00March 26, 2019|New England Farm Weekly|

by Sally Colby

As winter snow melts and daylight lingers into evening, nearly everyone looks forward to the warmer days of spring. Some are also hoping for a run of late winter cold nights coupled with moderate daytime temperatures to help get the sap flowing for maple syrup. (more…)

The view from above

2019-03-26T10:17:46-05:00March 26, 2019|Mid Atlantic|

by Karl H. Kazaks

ABINGDON, VA – Kevin Campbell is not a man afraid of big challenges.

Consider what he likes to do for fun: hunt elk with bow and arrow in the wilds of northwestern Montana.

For Campbell, that’s relaxation, compared to the challenges of managing 30-plus weddings and events every year on his cattle farm, as Campbell and his family have done for the past four years. (more…)