NYS sexual harassment prevention training requirements

2019-07-12T15:33:46-05:00July 12, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Since April of 2018, lawmakers have aimed new legislation at combatting sexual harassment in the New York’s workplaces. More of its tenets go into effect in just a few months. Michael Paglialonga, deputy counsel with the New York State Department of Labor, addressed what this means for employers in a recent webinar hosted by the Department of Labor. (more…)

Making changes at Fouts Dairy

2019-07-19T12:08:41-05:00June 28, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“Sometimes to get where you need to go, it’s best to take the road less traveled,” remarked third generation dairyman Paul Fouts.

Fouts should know. As a dairy advocate he has traveled roads far and wide representing the dairy industry in New York and lobbying with NY Farm Bureau to benefit dairy farmers and all of the Ag industry. (more…)

Maple-Downs Farms II

2019-07-05T10:45:07-05:00June 24, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

On Aug. 28, 2011, David and Denise Lloyd’s Maple Downs Dairy of Distinction, Middleburgh, NY, was devastated by Hurricane Irene. With more than 7-feet of water in their barn and torrents of rushing water suddenly sweeping their livestock away, the Lloyd family was left defenseless. (more…)

DIPA visits explained

2019-06-24T16:01:11-05:00June 24, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Visits from the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Immigration Policies and Affairs (DIPA) happen on farms using immigrant workers. A recent Department of Labor (DOL) webinar sought to answer why the visits happen and how producers can prepare for the visits. (more…)

USDA meat processing in the Northeast

2019-07-12T15:38:20-05:00June 17, 2019|Eastern Edition, New England Farm Weekly|

by Tamara Scully

One of the oft-cited impediments to growing a local red meat food supply is the need for USDA inspection for both slaughter and butchering of direct-market retail cuts of meat. Livestock producers often lament long wait times for harvest dates, as well as the distance to USDA certified plants. There is a perceived lack of harvesting facilities in the Northeast region. (more…)

A different kind of dairy princess

2019-07-19T13:04:15-05:00June 17, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Many people are familiar with the concept of a dairy princess – the poised young woman in the sash strolling around the county fair or visiting local schools to talk up the benefits of the dairy industry. Emily Shaw was never a dairy princess, but she is a different kind of royalty: an Instagram influencer, with nearly 7,000 followers. As @DairyGirlFitness, she inspires others to keep in shape and support the dairy industry. (more…)

A race you can’t win

2019-06-17T15:59:51-05:00June 17, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

While only two percent of the population is involved in farming, injury and fatality statistics indicate it is the most dangerous industry.

Dan Neenan, National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, discussed the hazards of working in grain bins, which are considered a confined space, and how farmers can avoid entrapment. (more…)

They saved my life

2019-06-17T08:11:02-05:00June 17, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

On a sunny day in late May, longtime Ohio crop farmer Jay Butterfield was going about his regular farm duties, including working in one of the farm’s grain bins. When Butterfield found that the auger in the bin was clogged, he used a plastic rod to dislodge it. Butterfield was successful in his effort to free the soybeans, but he also dislodged the crusty surface he was standing on. (more…)