A look at workforce development

2021-08-17T11:20:45-05:00August 17, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Stephen Wagner

“For some years now, Penn State has been focused on growing labor shortages,” said Sara Gligora, a special assistant in workforce development and central regional director at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. “PDA has been looking at addressing issues at all levels, from youth all the way up to adult and dislocated workers, and workers looking for a career change.” (more…)

The ‘pick-and-roll’ pasture renovation play

2021-08-17T11:22:11-05:00August 12, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sonja Heyck-Merlin

The pick-and-roll is a classic offensive play used in basketball. First comes the pick – player A has the ball and a teammate, player B, will put their body in front of the defender who is guarding playing A. Player B then rolls to the basket. Player A then passes to player B for an easy shot. (more…)

Different grains for different markets

2021-08-17T15:21:19-05:00August 12, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Courtney Llewellyn

During this year’s Grains Week, a lot of attention was paid to the plants that go into making beer and brown liquors, but there are myriad market channels for grains. Discussing some of the ones tackled at her farm was Mary-Howell Martens of Lakeview Organic Grain, in Penn Yan, NY, where she and her husband Klaas have been rotating grains for more than 30 years. (more…)

Lameness issues and possible bowed tendon?

2021-08-17T15:01:04-05:00July 29, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

This past year has been a difficult one for our 17-year-old mare, Morgan. Back on May 22, 2020, we lost our 36-year-old mare, Sabrina. For the very first time in the seven years since she’s been here, Morgan was suddenly the only horse. I was concerned about how she’d fare; even though she had been the food-dominant horse, she would definitely depend on Sabrina for her guidance, such as what to do in a thunderstorm or how to handle new situations. She was much larger (heavier) than Sabrina and so it would be comical at times to see her jump behind Sabrina for comfort and protection in what she deemed a stressful situation. (more…)

Erie County 4-H’ers achieve excellence

2021-07-27T11:06:47-05:00July 27, 2021|Western Edition|

For members of the Erie County 4-H Youth Development Program were honored to have their Public Presentations selected to be reviewed by State 4-H Staff after great success at the county and district levels. Madison Kehr and Holly and Kelly Niefergold of Lawtons and Jack Niefergold of Springville submitted videos of their presentations for possible selection to the Northeast States Presentation Fest on Sept. 19. Madison and Jack are members of the Lawtons Progressors 4-H Club, while Holly and Kelly are Independent Members. All four youth are students at North Collins Central School. (more…)

Forage sampling reveals quality

2021-07-27T10:53:31-05:00July 27, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Feeding nutritious forage is a vital part of promoting animal health and welfare. Dr. Amanda Grev, forage specialist with University of Maryland Extension, recommends forage sampling and testing to ensure forage is meeting animals’ nutritional needs. She presented “Forage Sampling and Forage Analysis Interpretation” as a recent webinar hosted by MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture and UME. (more…)

2021 Pennsylvania Angus Breeders’ Show

2021-07-15T15:51:42-05:00July 15, 2021|Western Edition|

2021 Pennsylvania Angus Breeders’ Show

Angus exhibitors led 100 entries at the 2021 Pennsylvania Angus Breeders’ Show on July 3 in Huntingdon, PA. Bain Wilson of Blacksburg, VA, evaluated the entries before naming champions.

Photos courtesy of Reese Tuckwiller, American Angus Association

Quarterly dairy industry legal update

2021-07-15T15:45:20-05:00July 15, 2021|Western Edition|

On Tuesday, July 27 from noon – 1 p.m., Penn State Law’s Center for Agricultural and Shale Law will be conducting the fourth webinar in its series titled “Quarterly Dairy Industry Legal Update.” The webinar will cover legal and regulatory developments in the U.S. dairy industry in the second quarter of calendar year 2021, and the focused topic will be “Geographical Indications in International Dairy Trade,” presented by Chloe Marie, LL.M., research specialist at the Center for Agricultural and Shale Law. (more…)

Table Rock Farm’s conservation efforts earn recognition

2021-07-15T15:42:50-05:00July 15, 2021|Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Meghan Hauser’s great-grandparents Florence and Scott De Golyer had always lived in town, but in in 1915, they purchased a farm in Castile, NY.

“They were not farmers,” said Hauser. “My great-grandfather was a civil engineer and was working on the Genesee River. He fell in love with the area and bought a dairy farm – probably without input from his wife.” The farm was typical for the time, with a small herd of Guernseys, some chickens and sheep, and dry beans grown as a cash crop. (more…)

Foote named NY Ag Educator of the Year

2021-07-15T15:26:13-05:00July 15, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

Greenwich High School Agricultural Science teacher Betsy Foote was recently named the New York Ag Educator of the Year. The NYS Farm Bureau, Nationwide Insurance and the NYS FFA Association sponsored this award. There were more than 350 NYS ag teachers eligible for this award. Foote was one of the 11 regional winners across the state and was selected to receive the inaugural Golden Owl trophy and a $3,000 cash award. (more…)