Young farmers amplify their voices on ag policy direction

2018-10-30T05:00:12+00:00October 30th, 2018|Eastern Edition|

by Troy Bishopp
TRUMANSBURG, NY — While many area farmers were tackling the corn harvest and dodging raindrops, a small, passionate group of 20- and 30-something farmers gathered at the Devon Van-Noble Farm, around a smoker full of tasty pork with all the fixin’s, and delved head-first into a policy discussion about the National Young Farmer’s Coalition direction here in New York.

Where does milk stand?

2018-11-05T12:01:24+00:00October 29th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic|

by Sally Colby
In her role as vice president of government relations for Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), Mary Knigge is keenly aware of what’s happening in all aspects of the dairy industry. Knigge aids the organization’s legislative affairs team in supporting dairy policy, and recently addressed the Dairy Girl Network on a variety of topics that directly affect dairy farmers. (more…)

Farm Aid 2018

2018-10-29T15:53:16+00:00October 29th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Michael Wren 
HARTFORD, CT – In 1985 Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp hosted a concert to help raise awareness of the loss of family farms across America and raise funds to help keep farmers on their land. Thirty-three years later they are still playing, with many more artists joining them to support family farms. 

Animals guarding animals: llamas

2018-10-29T15:34:05+00:00October 29th, 2018|Eastern Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
Could an animal protect your livestock from predators? Food Animal Concerns Trust hosted Jan Dohner presenting “Livestock Guardian Animals: Llamas, Donkeys and Dogs” as a webinar recently to introduce how these animals can ward off predators and warn producers of predator dangers. She lives on her family farm in Michigan. (more…)

Climate smart decisions highlighted

2018-10-15T20:47:38+00:00October 15th, 2018|Eastern Edition|

by Troy Bishopp
DEANSBORO, NY — The weather is always on the mind of farmers; sometimes good, sometimes bad, but always relevant for folks on the front line of land stewardship. As India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, put it, “The choices that we make today will define our collective future. The choices may not be easy. But through awareness, technology, and a genuine global partnership, I am sure we can make the right choices.” (more…)