NY Farm Bureau responds to the exclusion of farmworkers from vaccine eligibility list

2021-03-12T12:27:57-05:00March 12, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

The U.S. government declared farmworkers essential in March 2020. The CDC has advised giving ag workers early access to vaccines, but different states have taken different approaches to that guidance. There are more than 50,000 ag workers in New York State. Despite that, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has decided not to include them in Phase 1B of the vaccine rollout plan. (more…)

Getting the best soybean and wheat yield

2021-03-26T17:04:44-05:00March 12, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Want greater soybean and wheat yields? Dr. Shawn Conley, University of Wisconsin-Madison soybean and wheat specialist, presented “Getting Your Best Soybean and Wheat Yield” as part of the New York Soybean & Small Grains Congress hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crop Program. Team leader Mike Stanyard, Cornell Extension specialist, emceed. (more…)

Labor, health and relief are NYFB priorities

2021-03-05T19:20:49-05:00March 5, 2021|Eastern Edition|

by Enrico Villamaino

In preparation for upcoming meetings with members of its congressional delegation, the New York Farm Bureau laid out its federal public policy agenda. NYFB President David Fisher and Senior Associate Director of Public Policy and National Affairs Lauren Williams outlined the organization’s priorities issues during a Zoom presentation on Feb. 24. (more…)

Pheromone trapping can help fight corn pests

2021-03-05T19:15:23-05:00March 5, 2021|Eastern Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Tracking patterns of corn pests can help farmers more effectively combat them. Ken Wise, livestock and field crops IPM specialist for New York State IPM at Cornell University, presented “Importance of Pheromone Trapping for Black Cutworm, True Armyworm and Western Bean Cutworm” at the recent Corn Congress, presented virtually this year. (more…)

Ensure youth are aware of all ag hazards

2021-04-09T14:41:04-05:00March 5, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Courtney Llewellyn

The top three industries that see worker fatalities are construction, transportation and then agriculture. But why is farming so dangerous? Machinery with aggressive parts, isolated workplaces, working alone, unpredictable animals, use of toxic chemicals and adverse weather are all reasons. (more…)

A cow’s second career

2021-03-05T19:22:15-05:00March 5, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

When dairy cows leave the herd, they’re often referred to as cull cows. Culling is typically done to reduce the herd size or eliminate animals that are weak or sick. Aerica Bjurstrom, University of Wisconsin dairy Extension specialist, would like dairy producers to think of cull cows as market animals – and more importantly, as beef. (more…)

Building a local beef market

2021-04-09T14:33:10-05:00March 5, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Stephen Wagner

Dr. Scott Barao is executive director of the Maryland Beef Council and spoke at the Penn State Extension 2021 Lancaster Cattle Feeders Day virtual seminar, addressing challenges and opportunities. “What I’ve noticed because of the disruptions in the supply chain, which you’re well aware of, is that there’s been a renewed voice of those who think ‘local’ as the savior of the beef business. They like to claim that our food supply chain has become too centralized and that we need more niche opportunities, more small packers, more local food, and that may or may not be the case. At the same time, I’ve also heard many folks who are interested in trying to build a local meat business, specifically a local beef business, to try to address the new demand that was created.” (more…)