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Cousins win at Wayne County Fair

2021-09-14T14:23:52-05:00September 14, 2021|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Showing is a family endeavor for cousins Paige Jacobson, 11, and Madelyn Reed, 6. The girls exhibited animals from Reedland Farms LLC in Clifton Springs, Jacobson’s grandfather’s farm. Their grandmother, Christine Reed, helped the girls at the Wayne County Fair. (more…)

Writing copy that converts

2021-09-28T10:02:13-05:00September 14, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

When COVID-19 shut down the world, many businesses selling directly to customers, including those in agriculture, pivoted to selling online, even those that had not done so before. Many businesses have continued online sales in addition to those at their reopened brick-and-mortar salespoints. To help businesses offer better copy on their websites, Amanda Basse presented “How to Write Product Descriptions that Convert” as a recent webinar hosted by the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center. (more…)

Fair showcases farm’s herd

2021-08-31T09:49:36-05:00August 31, 2021|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Competing at the recent Wayne County Fair is one of the ways that the Schultz family of Marion, NY, can showcase their animals. Owned by Shannon and Shane Schultz, Ranway Farms LLC is a 400-acre operation raising 30 head of beef cattle and 20 head of pigs and milking 100. The farm recently added 15 Jerseys to their mostly Holstein dairy herd. Ranway also sells 5,000 small square bales of excess hay and grows corn, soybeans and wheat. (more…)

Farm use and production of biofuels vital to decarbonization

2021-08-31T09:54:52-05:00August 31, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

CANANDAIGUA, NY – Farming has long been associated with environmental concerns, including an operation’s effect on carbon dioxide. Tristan Brown spoke on the topic at the 2021 New York Corn & Soybean Growers Summer Crop Tour hosted by Catalpa Farms. Brown is a SUNY associate professor of energy resource economics at the College of Environmental Science & Forestry. He presented “Biofuels and Bioproducts and Their Role in Decarbonizing New York State.” (more…)

Pond management important for land management

2021-08-31T09:17:37-05:00August 26, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Whether it waters stock, provides recreation or simply collects excess water, a pond graces many farms. Taking care of the pond can help keep in balance in the local ecosystem. Andrew Lazur, water quality specialist with the University of Maryland College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, presented “Basics of Pond Management” as a recent webinar hosted by the University of Maryland as part of the MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture webinar series. (more…)

Family excels at Seneca County Fair

2021-08-17T14:55:10-05:00August 17, 2021|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Cristy Updike of Interlaken is on a mission to keep her children close to agriculture. With cows leased from Every Season Farms in Seneca Falls, the Updike children did well at the recent Seneca County Fair. Her children have been involved in 4-H for years, and this year, their group showed 21 cattle and 16 sheep. They also keep a few chickens at their home but did not show them. (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…)