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Natural Rendering: Composting Livestock

2021-11-23T20:04:48-05:00November 23, 2021|Mid Atlantic|

On Oct. 16, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County presented an interesting (although unusual) program: “Bring Your Own Carcass Composting Training.” Held at their Education Center & 4-H Park in Otisville, NY, the program was designed for Department of Public Works/Department of Transportation administrators and field workers, veterinarians and animal producers interested in learning the benefits of composting carcasses. (more…)

52nd annual NYS Horse Council Brookfield Trail Ride

2021-11-23T19:55:05-05:00November 23, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Pauline E. Burnes, RLA

The New York State Horse Council’s (NYSHC) 52nd annual fall pleasure ride took place Oct. 8 – 11 at the highly acclaimed Brookfield Trail System. This popular event did not take place last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Twenty attendees stabled their horses at the Madison County Fairgrounds. Pure Country Campground, a local facility that provides accommodations for horses and their owners, also hosted attendees. Highlights of the weekend included an auction to benefit the NYSHC and carriage drives on improved trails. All enjoyed the comradery of seeing old friends and making new ones. (more…)

Genesee Valley Hunt Races and Fall Festival

2021-11-23T20:38:40-05:00November 23, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

The dog events include a Jack Russell terrier race, a sled dog demonstration, the Canine Grand Prix of dog agility, the Parade of GVH Hounds and a wiener dog race (for dachshunds and other similar breeds). It was amazing to see such a large pack of well-trained foxhounds respond to the huntsman’s horn. Marion A. Thorne, MFH, and huntsman, dismounted from her horse and invited children and parents from the audience to greet the hounds. (more…)

John Deere green gets back to work

2021-11-23T18:26:08-05:00November 20, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

John Deere is back to work. Photo by Troy Bishopp

by Troy Bishopp

ANKENY, IOWA – Jason Aldean’s song is back in play: “You can take a ride on my big green tractor” again.

The 2021 John Deere strike that began Oct. 14, which involved about 10,000 employees for John Deere, is over. The United Auto Workers, which represents the workers from a dozen Midwest Deere & Co. factories, announced on Nov. 17 that its members had voted 61% to 39% in favor of the six-year deal that includes an $8,500 ratification bonus, an immediate 10% increase in wages with further increases over the life of the six-year agreement, as well as other benefits.

Both parties claimed a positive harvest: “UAW John Deere members did not just unite themselves, they seemed to unite the nation in a struggle for fairness in the workplace,” UAW President Ray Curry said in a statement. “We could not be prouder of these UAW members and their families.”

“The sacrifice and solidarity displayed by our John Deere members combined with the determination of their negotiators made this accomplishment possible,” said UAW Vice President Chuck Browning. “They have started a movement for workers in this country by what was achieved here today and they have earned the admiration and respect of all that strive for what is just and equitable in the workplace.”

Deere Chair and CEO John May said in a statement, “I’m pleased our highly skilled employees are back to work building and supporting the industry-leading products which make our customers more profitable and sustainable … John Deere’s success depends on the success of our people. Through our new collective bargaining agreements, we’re giving employees the opportunity to earn wages and benefits that are the best in our industries and are groundbreaking in many ways … Together, our future is bright.”

Despite the new contract celebration, the Des Moines Register reported the head negotiator for the Des Moines Local UAW 450, Curtis Templeman, died of COVID-19. “He fought through what he thought was ‘the sniffles’ to finish these negotiations,” the union reported. “I don’t know that I’ve seen [a] more [selfless] act … He pushed through to make sure he served the brothers and sisters that elected him … Our thoughts and prayers go out to Curtis Templeman’s family and his John Deere Des Moines Works coworkers.”

Making organic maple syrup opens up niche markets

2021-11-19T16:12:15-05:00November 19, 2021|New England Farm Weekly|

by Edith Tucker

CANTERBURY, NH – Tim Meeh and Jill McCullough welcomed more than a dozen people eager to learn about producing certified organic products at their North Family Farm in September.

The two-hour tour was organized by program coordinator Laura Angers of NOFA-NH. It was part of a series designed for farmers, farm workers, interns and apprentices under the auspices of CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliances for Farmer Training). (more…)

Veterans fall in for a grazing clinic

2021-11-19T16:07:54-05:00November 19, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

It was a beautiful, sunny October day when 20 attendees, mostly military veterans, descended on Great Northern Farm in southern Madison County, NY, for a day of sharing knowledge about livestock grazing systems. The event was sponsored by the Cornell Small Farms Veterans Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County and the Chobani Foundation. The farm is owned and operated by Army veteran and National Guard retiree and CCE Chenango Extension Educator Rich Taber and his wife Wendy Taber. (more…)