Profitable direct-market farming

2019-05-20T07:43:37-05:00May 14, 2019|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Tamara Scully

One might think that farming is all about growing a great crop – but it’s selling that crop that brings in the profit. In today’s agricultural marketplace, dominated by large corporations competing on price, the small farmer, selling directly to customers, can find it challenging to find and retain customers. It’s this part of selling – the marketing – which Charlotte Smith, of 3 Cow Marketing, specializes in teaching. In a recent webinar, sponsored by On Pasture, Smith shared the first three essential steps to profitable farming. (more…)

Farm safety: Recent news

2019-05-17T15:56:17-05:00May 14, 2019|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Tamara Scully

With no formal comprehensive data collection system for farm injuries in the United States, nonprofit agencies and university researchers throughout the nation collect data and compile statistics on injuries and fatalities related to agriculture. AgInjuryNews.org, run by the National Farm Medicine Center, is a database for farm-related injury reports, both from the U.S. and abroad. (more…)

African swine fever prompts cancellation of World Pork Expo

2019-05-20T08:35:33-05:00May 14, 2019|Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Stephen Wagner

The National Pork Producers Council’s board of directors has announced its decision to cancel the 2019 World Pork Expo in Iowa out of an abundance of caution as African swine fever (ASF) continues to spread in China and other parts of Asia. The World Pork Expo, held each June at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, hosts approximately 20,000 visitors over three days, including individuals and exhibitors from ASF-positive regions. ASF affects only pigs and presents no human health or food safety risks. There is currently no vaccine to treat the swine disease.

The above paragraph came from a recent press release issued by the NPPC, and was forwarded to me by Penn-Ag Industries’ Assistant Vice President Jessica Darr. While attending Penn-Ag’s annual meeting, Darr, and Debbie Reed-Harry, casually mentioned ASF, something I was hearing about for the first time. “How serious is this?” I asked. (more…)

Fine Family Farm has your goat (yoga)

2019-05-14T12:01:52-05:00May 14, 2019|Mid Atlantic|

by Tina L. LaVallee

On April 20, the Fine Family Farm of Denton, NC, opened its doors to nearly 50 enthusiastic yoga students, eager to experience one of the hottest trends in their discipline – caprine vinyasa, better known as goat yoga. Cindy Purser of the Yoga Pilates Barre in nearby Albemarle, NC, guided students through basic yoga poses in the presence of eight curious Nigeria Dwarf kids. Precious moments abounded as the kids interacted with students, delightfully interrupting moments of focus and concentration. (more…)

Monitoring for metritis

2019-05-14T11:02:20-05:00May 14, 2019|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Dr. Andrew Barragan, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Science at Penn State, said uterine diseases are among the most prevalent diseases in dairy cows – as high as 50% in some herds. These diseases can cost between $106 and $360 per case, and cows suffering from uterine disease are more likely to get sick with other diseases. (more…)

Family farm seeks to educate on ag

2019-05-14T10:56:18-05:00May 14, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Showing animals formed the beginning of Rugenstein Family Farm in Canandaigua, NY. Owned by Mike Pyra and his wife, Amy, the farm owns 21 beef cows and 6 pigs. Since the Pyras own just 2 acres, they house only the pigs and keep the cow herd at Amy’s parents’ home four miles away, where they have 15 acres designated for livestock. They also raise 75 acres of hay for the beef herd and to sell. (more…)

NYS Senate Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act hearing

2019-05-14T10:49:17-05:00May 14, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Legislation is in the works that will greatly impact New York State agriculture, and on April 26, members of the agricultural community took the opportunity to have their testimonies heard by four members of the New York State Senate during the first of three public hearings held regarding the proposed Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act. (more…)

Optimizing Grazing: NEPC

2019-05-20T07:42:33-05:00May 14, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

The Northeast Pasture Consortium’s annual meeting brought together agricultural professionals, researchers, industry representatives and stakeholder farmers dedicated to improving pasture management in the region. Grass-fed milk, organic dairy farming, and pasture forage management were some of the topics explored. (more…)

Multi-drug resistant Salmonella Dublin on the rise in New York

2019-05-13T11:03:29-05:00May 13, 2019|Western Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Producers came from as far away as Hoosick Falls, NY to attend a presentation about multi-drug resistant Salmonella Dublin at Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Oneida County, where Marylynn Collins, Dairy & Livestock Educator, CCE Oneida County, teamed up with NYS Ag & Markets, Dr. Melanie Hemenway and Dr. Patrina Ashley, NY State Cattle Health Assurance Program (NYSCHAP) to inform producers on symptoms, management and prevention practices associated with this deadly disease found in both beef and dairy cattle. (more…)

HR 832: Back whole milk back in our schools

2019-05-13T10:58:58-05:00May 13, 2019|Western Edition|

We are counting on consumers to help us get whole milk back in our schools.

Getting whole milk back in our schools cannot be considered a political issue. We must get whole milk back in our schools for our children’s’ sake. It’s important that their bodies and their developing brains have real whole milk. With the majority of dairy farmers back up against the wall because of financial pressures, I feel that consumers will be the deciding factor to help get whole milk back in our schools. (more…)

Diversification on Simons Family Farm

2019-05-13T10:57:16-05:00May 13, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

During a March Shop meeting hosted by Simons Family Farm, Remsen NY, and coordinated by Oneida County Cooperative Extension, Ben and Chris Simons spoke to attendees about their diversification from dairy and how they have made it work.

Ben explained the farm is in a partnership including himself, his wife Robin and their son Chris. (more…)