Dairy royalty crowned in Erie County

2019-07-12T15:41:52-05:00July 12, 2019|Western Edition|

Dairy Princess and her court to promote milk and dairy products

by Lisa Kempisty, member of the Erie County Dairy Promotion Committee

SPRINGVILLE, NY — In celebration of June Dairy Month, the 2018-2019 Erie County Dairy Princess, Kristen Brown crowned the new 2019-2020 Erie County Dairy Princess and her Court at the Springville Agriculture/Dairy Festival held on June 8 in Springville, NY. (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…)

How to ruin a family dinner – Part 1: Faulty thinking and procrastination

2019-07-19T13:05:39-05:00June 17, 2019|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Dr. Alex White, Department of Dairy Science at Virginia Tech, has tip for ruining a family dinner: start bringing up topics that many families avoid, and ask questions like “Hey Mom and Dad – what am I getting from your will?” or “When are you going to retire so I can take over?” or “We should invest in new equipment.” (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…)

Conservation Innovation Grants

2019-07-16T08:03:39-05:00June 17, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Love ag research? The 2018 Farm Bill offers a new opportunity for qualifying farmers to partner with NRCS to get part of $25 million in grant money to use on-farm conservation measure and study their effectiveness. Kari Cohen, projects branch chief with USDA NRCS in Washington D.C., presented a webinar on the topic recently, highlighting what applicants should know during the application process. (more…)