Asado anyone?

2018-07-31T14:07:43+00:00July 31st, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

So you’re a farmer and you’ve got this pile of brush you made out of tenacious, multi-flora rose bushes, overgrown honeysuckle, wily spiked hawthorn trees and dead limb wood. Before you touch a match to this hedgerow fuel and burn up your nemesis, might you consider this action functional as well as delicious? An asado is just a smoldering flame away. (more…)

GMO vs. non-GMO planting decisions

2018-07-24T10:47:44+00:00July 24th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Stephen Wagner

“Let’s see a show of hands! Who among you was doing work before 1995?” asked Eric Rosenbaum, executive director of the Pennsylvania Corn Growers Association. He is also executive director of the Pennsylvania 4-R Nutrient Stewardship Alliance. “Okay, then you can help me out when it comes to talking about insecticides and herbicides, because you remember what it was like to put Accent on corn when it was off-label, when it was two feet tall, and the injury we saw from that.” Rosenbaum was leading the GMO tour of Penn State’s Farming for Success all-day seminar at its research station in Landisville, PA. (more…)

High Meadows and Stonyfield Organic bring hope to the world of dairy farming

2018-07-20T13:12:03+00:00July 20th, 2018|Eastern Edition, New England Farm Weekly|

by Courtney Llewellyn

HOOSICK, NY — Over a series of serpentine country roads and up in the hills of Rensselaer County, one will find High Meadows Farm, which proudly displays a Stonyfield Organic sign over its barn door, noting it was established in 2018. Gary Hirshberg, co-founder of Stonyfield Organic, said he can’t wait for 2058, when this farm’s re-establishment as a certified organic dairy seems a little more historic. (more…)

Michalak Dairy ~ moving forward

2018-07-20T13:02:35+00:00July 20th, 2018|Eastern Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“Despite what the industry throws at you every day, you need to keep your head up and keep plowing forward no matter what the situation is,” said Jeremy Michalak, second-generation dairy farmer of Michalak Dairy near Fort Plain, NY. (more…)

A celebration of agriculture in Madison County

2018-07-20T12:48:45+00:00July 20th, 2018|Eastern Edition|

BROOKFIELD, NY — Amongst the backdrop of 4-H livestock shows, carnival rides and the bellowing diesel power of the tractor pulls at the 179th Madison County Fair, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County held a special Agriculture Appreciation Reception to honor Dairy of Distinction recipients and local farmers who bolster the good news of farming. (more…)

Goat milk gelato: The new dairy craze

2018-07-13T10:48:05+00:00July 13th, 2018|Eastern Edition|

by Tamara Scully

Just a few short months ago, Andrew and Blake Place of Hidden Pastures Dairy in Glenfield, NY, held their launch party. The party, hosted by Tug Hill Vineyards, offered guests a taste of things to come: goat milk gelato. Today, the couple’s gelato is available at a growing number of retail outlets and restaurants, and is now shipping online as well. And their on-farm stand opened around the July 4th holiday. (more…)

Nate Chittenden, Dutch Hollow Farm honored as pioneer advocate for the dairy farming industry

2018-07-13T10:45:33+00:00July 13th, 2018|Eastern Edition|

ITHACA, NY — To see why Nate Chittenden ’00 was the perfect choice to receive the inaugural Cornell University Hometown Alumni Award, you had to look no further than the beaming, multigenerational community of family, neighbors and friends who came to the celebratory event honoring him June 23 in Stuyvesant, NY. (more…)