Farmer’s furlough

2019-01-14T10:43:42+00:00January 14, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

There’s nothing like a furlough to jump-start the satire for the New Year. As we welcome in 2019 the U.S. government and the USDA are shut down or have been. It’s starting to become a yearly habit. It got me to thinking, what if all the farmers in the USA decided to shut down, take an un-paid leave and not send any products to market? What would it look like? Is it even possible?

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Retired dairy farmer receives 38 million views

2018-12-28T16:55:14+00:00December 28, 2018|Eastern Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

HUBBARDSVILLE, NY — If you look at DeWitt Head’s body of work, you’ll find a hard-fought, life-long career as a dairy farmer along with his wife of 54 years, Diane, and recognition as the 2013 New York Holstein’s Retired Master Breeders for their work creating generations of excellent prize-winning “Headline” Holstein genetics. Recently, the dairy statesman found himself a new gig: Farmer model. (more…)

Mountain trail riding and overcoming obstacles with Mark Bolender

2019-01-03T12:02:42+00:00December 28, 2018|Eastern Edition, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Laura Rodley

Need help in getting your horse over obstacles? You are not alone. The bleachers by the Demo Ring were full during the 2018 Equine Affaire while internationally known presenter Mark Bolender showed attendees how to help their horse overcome their fear and resistance to stepping over obstacles. In this case, the obstacle was a large one foot high, three by three foot wooden box, much like a stand seen in circuses that the horse was asked to step up on. (more…)

Sharing the roads

2018-12-11T16:29:37+00:00December 11, 2018|Eastern Edition|

by Noah Radliff

My wife and I have lived in our rural upstate town for over 14 years and I have known agriculture for my entire life. Being farmers and being part of this large agriculture community I have, as other long time residents, become used to the smells, the sights and sounds of animals along with the noise of tractors going up and down the roads because of whatever tasks they need to do. (more…)