Organic Trade Association applauds Senate passage of Farm Bill

2014-02-07T08:44:40+00:00February 7th, 2014|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

Years of advocacy for organic priorities grow recognition for the sector
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate’s passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014 on Feb. 4 clears the way for the bill to proceed to President Obama for final sign-off into law. The legislation, adopted by the House of Representatives on Jan. 29, includes numerous priorities the Organic Trade Association (OTA) has been seeking for more than two years. (more…)

Farm Bill passes Senate, on to President

2014-02-07T08:38:01+00:00February 7th, 2014|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

The National Corn Growers Association thanked members of the Senate for their passage on Feb. 4, with a 68-32 vote, of the 2014 farm bill. The bill passed the House on Jan. 29 and now goes to President Obama for signing.
“We’re happy to see the farm bill pass the Senate and are looking forward to seeing it signed and implemented,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “It was a long time coming for a bill so important for promoting stability in farm policy while saving taxpayers money and feeding the hungry. While it’s not perfect, we’re pleased to see the bill contains many provisions we’ve been working hard for over the years.” (more…)

Following Senate passage, ASA calls on President Obama to sign Farm Bill into law

2014-02-07T08:35:29+00:00February 7th, 2014|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

Following the Senate’s vote to pass the Agricultural Act of 2014 on Feb. 4, the American Soybean Association (ASA) thanked both chambers of Congress and called on President Barack Obama to quickly sign the bill into law.
“We are relieved and pleased to see the farm bill cross the finish line this afternoon,” said ASA President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser. “Today’s vote is the culmination of years of advocacy by ASA and other farm groups on behalf of policies that help our individual crops and our collective industry move forward. We’ve invested a great deal of time and energy in this bill, and the final product represents a true compromise that will benefit many crops, regions and aspects of American agriculture.” (more…)

Temple Grandin: The golden rule applies not just to people, but livestock, too

2014-02-07T08:33:08+00:00February 7th, 2014|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

CEW-MR-2-Temple Grandin2by Pat Malin
LIVERPOOL, NY — Whether you call her an ambassador for animals, an ally of the livestock industry or an advocate for autism, Dr. Temple Grandin has an ability to unite disparate groups in a common cause.
As a respected professor of animal science and a researcher in animal behavior at Colorado State University, Grandin was welcome at the New York State Beef Producer’s Association conference Jan. 17-18 at the Holiday Inn near Syracuse.

New York Farm Bureau’s statement on Senate passage of the Farm Bill

2014-02-07T08:28:34+00:00February 7th, 2014|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

“This is a momentous day for New York’s farmers. The reforms passed in this Farm Bill will provide a critical safety net that truly takes the diversity of New York agriculture into account like never before. The changes to crop insurance should be seen as an investment in maintaining a reliable food supply in this country when disasters strike, while also savings billions of taxpayer dollars. (more…)

Cold weather management for animals

2014-01-31T08:41:39+00:00January 31st, 2014|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

CEWM-MR-1-Cold weather animalsBy George Looby, DVM
Global warming aside, the winter of 2013-2014 is shaping up to go on record as one of the harshest in decades and all domestic creatures exposed to its rigors need help in making adjustments to survive the elements. Animal owners are generally well tuned to the precautions necessary to help insure that their pets and livestock are comfortable during the heat waves of summer but are perhaps less concerned during the winter months.

Lucas praises House passage of Farm Bill conference report

2014-01-31T08:29:11+00:00January 31st, 2014|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chairman Frank Lucas issued the following statement Jan. 29 after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Agricultural Act of 2014 by a vote of 251-166.
“I am pleased a majority of my House colleagues joined me in supporting a five-year, comprehensive farm bill. I appreciate the efforts of everyone who helped get us here. This is legislation we can all be proud of because it fulfills the expectations the American people have of us. They expect us to work together to find ways to reduce the cost of the federal government. The Agricultural Act contributes major savings to deficit reduction, significant reforms to policy, and yet still provides a safety net not only for the production of American food and fiber, but also to ensure our fellow citizens have enough food to eat. I am hopeful this legislation will enjoy the same success when the Senate considers it, and I encourage the president to sign it quickly into law,” said Chairman Frank Lucas. (more…)

Life pies served up at Vermont grazing conference

2014-01-31T08:24:51+00:00January 31st, 2014|Eastern Edition, New England Farm Weekly|

CEN-MR-4-Life pies 3by Troy Bishopp
FAIRLEE, VT— The menu at this year’s 18th annual Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference had over 300 farmers from around the Northeast munching on grazing, soil health, financial and life goal entrees rich in practical knowledge. Complementing the enthusiasm for this whole farm decision-making focus were delicious local food choices and the ever popular ice cream social that filled participants’ stomachs and minds with a new perspective for the future of grass-based farming. (more…)

Blame it on REO: an Avian REO virus update

2014-01-31T08:17:34+00:00January 31st, 2014|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

C4-MR-2-Blame it 2by Steve Wagner
REO virus is a malady that appears and goes away, only to re-appear now and then, here and there, seemingly defying any pattern of severity or species. It is so hard to spot that often only vigilant farmers and/or veterinarians who conduct more than cursory examinations are likely to become suspicious of an REO virus presence. At a recent annual Penn-Ag sponsored Meat & Egg Meeting held at Shady Maple in Lancaster County PA, Dr. Donna Kelly, interim head of Clinical Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine PADLS New Bolton Center, brought an audience up to speed on the REO. (more…)

Young woman carving a spot in antique tractor pulling

2014-01-24T08:41:36+00:00January 24th, 2014|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

CEWM-MR-2-Young woman 1by Sally Colby
The tractors lining the arena looked like a testimony to mid-20th century farming. Brand names included Case, Allis-Chalmers, Minneapolis Moline, Massey-Harris and lots of John Deere, many restored to use after being discarded in favor of new models. And if it weren’t for the polished paint and shiny stacks on the 60-year old tractors, they’d look just as at home working a field. (more…)

Improving fiber production through nutrition

2014-01-24T08:36:38+00:00January 24th, 2014|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

CEW-MR-1-Improving fiberby Tamara Scully

Producing wool doesn’t start with shearing the sheep; it begins well before birth. Two primary factors which affect wool quality are genetics and nutrition. Dr. Nancy Irlbeck, of the University of Colorado — a sheep farmer herself — discussed the importance of nutrition in fiber development, offering producers tools to use to grow quality fleece. (more…)