Going retail Bolsters Dairy

2018-09-28T15:22:39+00:00September 28th, 2018|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

After decades of dairying, Will Comley of Mexico, NY knows volumes about the industry. With the third straight year of low milk prices, he knew that his dairy, like many other family-owned dairies, was in trouble late last year. (more…)

Holstein is Top Cow, Red & White Top Heifer at the Premier National Junior Show

2018-09-28T14:46:31+00:00September 28th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

HARRISBURG, PA – Brooke Carey’s Titusville, PA, four-year-old cow, Plum-Line Reginald Velovr, won the title of Supreme Champion Cow on Sept. 17 during the 2018 Premier National Junior Show in Harrisburg. The Holstein was awarded Senior Champion and Grand Champion Holstein before winning the overall title. (more…)

Cover crops take flight

2018-10-07T10:09:28+00:00September 25th, 2018|Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

TOWANDA, PA — With the advent of the 2009 TMDL “pollution diet” regulations in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and the fever pitch of soil health initiatives, farmers and their respective agency and industry partners across the Upper Susquehanna River Watershed have been tinkering with getting the precious cover crops in, earlier and earlier. (more…)

2018 Wyoming County 4-H State Fair youth building results

2018-09-25T16:05:46+00:00September 25th, 2018|Western Edition|

2018 Wyoming County 4-H State Fair youth building results

WARSAW, NY — One hundred and eighty-five exhibits from Wyoming County 4-H’ers were on exhibit and judged at this year’s New York State Fair in Syracuse, Wednesday, Aug. 22 – Monday, Sept. 3. A breakdown of 128 blues, 39 reds, 5 whites, and 13 participation ribbons (including Cloverbud exhibits) were awarded to Wyoming County 4-H exhibits. (more…)

Beef Quality Assurance training advocates stewardship

2018-09-25T08:09:37+00:00September 25th, 2018|Western Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

In an effort to ensure consumer confidence in the beef industry and instill best management practices in producing healthy cattle, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Oneida County recently offered a level 1, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training program, led by Marylynn Collins, Oneida County CCE Dairy & Livestock Educator. (more…)

Conservation award and grazing success

2018-09-14T15:22:40+00:00September 14th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

Will and Kelly Smith of Deep Roots Valley Farm in Berks County, PA, recently hosted a Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) field day, focused on multispecies grazing techniques. With roughly four dozen attendees, the event highlighted the conservation strategies, grazing techniques and direct marketing strategies which have helped to make the farm successful. (more…)

Crop Comments: Climate change, climate cycle or both?

2018-09-14T15:13:29+00:00September 14th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

Two significant climate-related events are drawing a lot of my attention. The first one was an on-farm seminar which was written up in last week’s Country Folks. Elizabeth Tomlin wrote the article titled “Climate Smart Farming encouraged at twilight meeting”. The seminar was held last month at the Mosher Farm in Bouckville, NY. (more…)