Effective programs for controlling waterhemp in corn

2020-02-10T16:34:11-05:00January 28, 2020|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

WATERLOO, NY – Have you spotted waterhemp in your corn fields? Bryan Brown with New York State Integrated Pest Management wants more farmers to scout for the weed. Brown presented on waterhemp at the recent Corn Congress hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops. (more…)

Options (and audits) for energy efficiency

2020-01-28T11:43:45-05:00January 28, 2020|Western Edition|

by Courtney Llewellyn

It’s about so much more than just the final product in farming. Before there is a gallon of milk or a colorful display of vegetables on a farm stand, there are major inputs – the most important being time, money and energy. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce energy consumption, which in turn can save farmers some of that other precious resource: money. (more…)

Food Trends 2020: What farmers need to know

2020-01-28T11:23:09-05:00January 28, 2020|New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

Every year, the food, beverage, restaurant and grocery industries release their top trends for the New Year. But do farmers need to pay attention? It certainly couldn’t hurt. Whether selling direct from your small farm to the consumer, working with institutions or restaurants, or selling wholesale to processors, distributors or supermarkets, consumer food trends are eventually going to have some impact down on the farm. (more…)

‘Talking’ plants need no weedy neighbors

2020-02-14T16:40:24-05:00January 28, 2020|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

WATERLOO, NY — If you’re never pictured your crop as a Chatty Cathy, perhaps you should. Clarence Swanton, Ph.D. presented “Talking Plants: The Science Behind Good Weed Management” at Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Corn Congress. The Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program hosted the annual event. (more…)

A farmer and his congregational cows

2020-01-28T10:45:40-05:00January 28, 2020|Eastern Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

CLINTON, NY — Twice a day, every day, Lawrence Gilley makes a pilgrimage into the fields at Keyes Brook Farm to move his herd of iconic American Milking Devon cattle to fresh pasture. “I call them my congregational cows because in 1623, two heifers and a bull were brought over from England to Plymouth Rock by the Pilgrims who were Congregationalists, a Protestant denomination,” said Gilley. (more…)

Dairy support key in USMCA advocacy

2020-01-28T10:16:27-05:00January 28, 2020|New England Farm Weekly|

by Edith Tucker

HOPKINTON, NH – U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) visited a dairy farm only 10 miles from the gold-domed State House in Concord on Friday, Jan. 10. Earlier that week, Hassan, as a member of the Senate Finance Committee that has jurisdiction of trade deals, voted to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). She also urged the full Senate to vote as soon as possible for this landmark trade deal. (more…)

Businesses voice support for USMCA

2020-01-28T10:11:52-05:00January 28, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Edith Tucker

WASHINGTON, D.C. – When Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued a press release saying she planned to support the bipartisan USMCA at the markup session, she pointed out that she had carefully considered its provisions and listened to businesses and people across the Granite State. The deal will help level the playing field for New Hampshire’s and the country’s innovative businesses that are competing in a global economy, she said. The agreement also contains strong enforcement mechanisms designed to protect workers, consumers and the environment. (more…)

Beef breed gains popularity

2020-01-28T10:03:44-05:00January 28, 2020|New England Farm Weekly|

by Sally Colby

Kenny Mathews has a background in dairy farming, and Lori-Lee grew up with a variety of animals, including cattle and horses. When they connected about 20 years ago, they knew they wanted to raise cattle, and Lori-Lee is the one who determined it would be beef cattle. Today, they’re raising Beefalo at KLM Farms in North Berwick, Maine. (more…)

Fourth generation beef farmer meets today’s demands

2020-01-28T09:59:21-05:00January 28, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Sally Colby

Daniel Scotton grew up on his family’s cattle farm in North Carolina, but he didn’t necessarily envision himself returning to the farm. But as he finishes his degree in sustainable agriculture at the University of Kentucky, Daniel is planning a future raising cattle on Clear Springs Farm in Julian, NC. With a minor in horticulture and after working on the university’s three-acre organic farm, where he met his partner Gwen Beirne, Daniel has a new perspective on agriculture. (more…)

Farm Workforce Modernization Act

2020-01-28T09:59:47-05:00January 27, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Tamara Scully

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act on Dec. 11, 2019. The bill now heads to the Senate, where proponents are hopeful that the bipartisan support the bill received in the House will be replicated. The bill, designed to stabilize today’s agricultural workforce and provide for future needs, provides fair wages and working conditions to immigrant farmworkers as well as a path to legal status. (more…)