Thunder View Farms – National Award Winning Stewards of the Land

2019-03-18T14:43:33-05:00March 18, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Judy Van Put

Thunder View Farms, of Grahamsville, NY, was recently announced as the National Winner of the prestigious 2018 Environmental Stewardship Award Program by the National Cattleman’s Beef Association. The farm, located in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, first competed for and won the regional ESAP award, one of seven such awards based upon state of residency; then competed against the other regional winning farms to become the national winner, which was announced at the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans.


Chambers Valley Farms, Inc wins National Dairy Quality Award

2019-03-18T13:41:06-05:00March 18, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Katie Navarra

Fourth generation dairy Chambers Valley Farms, Inc earned a Gold National Dairy Quality Award (NDQA). The winners were announced at the National Mastitis Council (NMC) annual meeting in February. The Salem, NY, dairy was one of 18 dairies to win the gold distinction. A total of 165 dairies from across the country nominated for consideration.


Northeast Region boasts National Photo and Poster Contest winners

2019-03-18T14:48:17-05:00March 18, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic|

by Troy Bishopp

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), in partnership with the NACD Auxiliary, announced the winners of the 2018 Photo Contest and 2018 Poster Contest during their 73rd Annual Meeting. The Northeast region was well represented in this task to literally highlight the beauty of local conservation on the ground.


Crop Comments: Growing season factor we do control

2019-03-18T11:00:49-05:00March 18, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

Crop Comments

Most U.S. agronomists agree on one major cause of global warming (or climate change if you prefer that term). That is the reduction of organic matter (OM) on U.S. cropland, arguably a greater issue than lost OM at any other farmed location on our planet. [Brazil may be a close second, as this equatorial nation keeps plowing up and/or burning more tropical rain forest]. The lower the OM level in our nation’s summer annual cropland (non-sod, basically corn and soybean), the lower the amount of carbon sequestered in our soils — and the lower the total plant biomass.


Better management increases soybean yields

2019-03-01T13:29:34-05:00March 1, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

WATERLOO, NY — Soybean growers can increase yields through a few improvements in management. Senior Soybean Educator Mike Staton with Michigan State University Extension presented on the topic at the recent Soybean & Small Grains Congress, hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Northwest NY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program.


“Agvocate” for your farm

2019-03-19T09:58:55-05:00February 22, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

An “agvocate” – a portmanteau of “agriculture” and “advocate” – is a person who represents and promotes both the industry and his own farm operation in a positive way to the public. In an age heavily influenced by social media and a public largely ignorant of farming, “agvocating” becomes more important than ever, according to Johanna Bossard and Emma Andrew.


Beef protocols: Ensuring safety and welfare

2019-03-18T15:45:40-05:00February 22, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

The New York Beef Producers’ Association Annual Winter Conference featured an array of workshops covering all aspects of beef farming. One of the three conference tracks featured Cornell PRO-DAIRY and other dairy farming experts leading workshops on raising crossbred dairy/beef calves for the emerging dairy beef market.


Dairy Summit delivers

2019-03-19T09:57:33-05:00February 22, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

The Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, hosted annually by the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and the Center for Dairy Excellence, draws dairy farmers from throughout the Northeast and provides an opportunity for engagement with fellow producers and agribusiness professionals. This year’s two-day event, held in Lancaster, PA, drew a variety of speakers who addressed critical issues in the dairy industry.