Social media for farmers

2020-01-23T09:11:52-05:00January 8, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Many businesses use social media as part of their marketing strategy. Charlotte Smith, owner of 3 Cow Marketing, believes farmers shouldn’t be an exception. She presented “How to Find & Engage with Customers on Social Media” as a recent webinar hosted by Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT). (more…)

Real meat labeling legislation heats up

2020-01-22T14:17:15-05:00January 8, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the popularity of the 21-ingredient “Impossible Burger,” the plant meat industry is being grilled about its right to even use the term “meat.” Much like the dairy industry’s fight for their real milk designation against the plant-based milks, animal agriculture has advocates who are taking a stand against confusing consumers. After all, cows have been turning plants into nutritious beef and dairy products for millennia. (more…)

Using dairy dollars effectively

2020-01-21T12:18:46-05:00January 7, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

At the opening of the 2019 All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, PA, Cindy Weimer, senior vice president of industry relations for the American Dairy Association (ADA) North East, shared information about what the organization is doing on behalf of dairy farmers.
“They’re not only farmer-funded, they’re farmer directed,” said Weimer, “and done on behalf of all farmers who are working hard every day and contributing to programs.” (more…)

Making farming profitable

2020-01-21T09:50:42-05:00January 7, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

With tighter profit margins than ever, farmers need to focus even more on planning to make their operations profitable. Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) recently hosted “Three Steps to Build Your Profitable Farm” with Larissa McKenna, FACT Humane Farming Program director, as the moderator and Charlotte Smith with 3 Cow Marketing as the presenter. (more…)

CCE beef production series freezer trade

2019-12-30T16:34:27-05:00December 30, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Katie Navarra

A little more than a decade ago, Tilldale Farms in Hoosick, NY transitioned from a dairy to a multi-species livestock farm. Dan and Joanne Tilley sell meat directly to consumers at farmer’s markets and retail shops. On Sept. 19, the couple hosted the final event in the summer long beef production series sponsored by the Capital Area Agriculture & Horticulture Program of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County. The focus of the workshop was cultivating a successful freezer trade, which the Tilley’s have done for their Red Devon grass fed cow/calf herd, broiler chickens and pork. (more…)

Adapting to the new realities of organic dairy

2019-12-30T16:24:18-05:00December 30, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

CANASTOTA, NY — Dairy meetings that ponder the future of a life devoted to taking care of the nation’s matriarch cows and providing the world with nutritious food are becoming head-scratchers in achieving economic viability. At the recent Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA) Annual Meeting and Field Day, organic farmers are not exempt from addressing a myriad of factors that are threatening their livelihoods. (more…)

Delilah does it again

2019-12-30T16:18:25-05:00December 30, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

Cutting Edge T Delilah, owned by Ken Main and Kenny Jo Manion of Copake, NY, made history for a second year in a row on Saturday, Oct. 5, becoming only the second Brown Swiss to ever claim back-to-back World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion titles. Taking the title of Reserve Supreme Champion of World Dairy Expo is Grand Champion of the International Ayrshire Show, De La Plaine Bingo Stinger, owned by Blue-Spruce Farm of Bridport, VT. (more…)

Standing out

2020-01-08T14:51:01-05:00December 30, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Stephen Wagner

Being a veteran of scholarship pageants since 1965, the 63rd Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Coronation was its usual spectator treat. What got me started in pageant-watching in the first place: I was dating a girl in 1965 who wanted to enter the Miss Pennsylvania Pageant, the next step to the Miss America Pageant. We were in theater together and were between gigs when she decided to do this. She won the Miss Pennsylvania title, part of which was due to winning the talent portion of the pageant with a monologue from “Joan of Arc,” and went on to Atlantic City for Miss America. (more…)