National Grange releases comment on passage of Senate Farm Bill

2013-06-14T07:58:32+00:00June 14th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On June 11, the National Grange released a statement regarding the 66-27 passage of the Senate’s Farm Bill, saying while hopeful we now wait again on the House for action on the nearly $1 trillion piece of legislation that affects every American directly or indirectly.
“While we’re happy that the Senate passed their version of the Farm Bill, we can’t help but feel a slight sense of deja vu. Last June we saw the Senate pass their version of the Farm Bill but the House didn’t even get theirs to the floor,” National Grange Legislative Director Grace Boatright said.
“I’m hopeful that the house will pass their version of the bill this month, but realistically, we are still a long way from getting American agriculture a full five-year Farm Bill,” Boatright said. “We all have to keep working to let our elected representatives know how important the Farm Bill is to producers and consumers.” (more…)

Sow the Grains of Knowledge: Organic Wheat, Spelt, Emmer & Einkorn Production Workshop in Centre County for Grain Enthusiasts of All Levels

2013-06-13T07:21:20+00:00June 13th, 2013|Country Folks Article, Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

logoMILLHEIM, PA. [June 13, 2013] The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), the Organic Growers Research and Information-Sharing Network and Penn State Extension will present a Field Day on growing organic grain. This workshop is open for anyone with an interest in locally grown heritage grains, from growers to everyday consumers alike.
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Palmesano joins bi-partisan coalition to relieve tax burden on family farms

2013-06-07T07:54:59+00:00June 7th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

CEW-TM-2-Tax Burden1cNew York State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R, C, I – Corning)  on June 4 joined a bi-partisan coalition of lawmakers and the New York Farm Bureau in supporting legislation, Assembly Bill 165, that will cap the agricultural property tax assessment at two percent. Skyrocketing land assessments have forced the cost of farmland tax bills to unmanageable levels. Currently, New York farmers pay $38.41 per acre in property taxes, this is the second highest rate in the nation and more than $25 per acre higher than the national average. This cost amounts to 15 percent of New York farmers’ net income being consumed by property taxes, as a percent of income this is the highest in the nation. (more…)

Farm Tour Workshops prepare producers for welcoming the public

2013-06-07T07:49:31+00:00June 7th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

CEW-MR-3-Farm tour work#156by Jennifer Wagester
The New York Animal Agriculture Coalition (NYAAC) strives to empower farmers to engage the public in conversations about animal agriculture and tell their stories firsthand. The coalition, in conjunction with the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council (ADADC) and the United Soybean Board (USB), hosted Farm Tour Workshops on May 20 in Batavia, NY, and May 22 in Fonda, NY. The workshops focused on helping farmers start those conversations through positive farm tour experiences.
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Factors that affect hay quality

2013-06-07T07:46:01+00:00June 7th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky
Hay is the most common roughage fed to horses in confinement. A good understanding of the factors that affect hay production will help you select high quality hay.
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Rainfall at the proper time during the growing season will affect hay quality. Drought conditions result in stunted growth and fewer leaves. Excessive moisture often leads to diseases that decrease leaf production. (more…)

Food Safety at Farmer’s Markets

2013-06-07T07:42:44+00:00June 7th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Katie Navarra
Why food safety?
Providing farm products that are as safe as possible is important to assure customers that quality, safety and their health are important to you. Not only is it an obligation to provide safe food, but it can also be used as a good marketing tool to encourage other customers to shop at your farmer’s market or farm stand.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 6 get sick from foodborne illnesses, said Londa Nwadike, University of Vermont Extension Food Safety Specialist. “It (foodborne illnesses) are highly underreported,” she said, “there can be food borne illnesses from farmer’s markets products even (more…)

Why farmers farm

2013-05-31T08:56:07+00:00May 31st, 2013|Country Folks Article, Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

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Dairy farmers work hard every day to bring you fresh, great tasting, wholesome dairy products. Ninety-seven percent of all dairy farms are family-owned and are active members of their communities. Farm families take pride in feeding our world and maintaining natural resources; that means preserving land where they live and work, protecting the air and water they share with neighbors, and providing the best care for their cows-the lifeblood of their business. (more…)

Uniting the ag community

2013-05-31T08:18:15+00:00May 31st, 2013|Country Folks Article, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

CEW-MR-1-Uniting the 1 copyby Sally Colby
Trent Loos talks about ag with just about everyone he encounters, and wants every farmer and rancher to do the same. “What we’re talking about is getting everyone in the food business, from food producer to food consumer, in the right frame of mind,” he said. “Not to be defensive and reactionary, but to seek opportunities and to be good listeners.”
Loos is a sixth-generation United States farmer with a strong passion for ag. After realizing that celebrities and vegan zealots had more voice and influence than real farmers and ranchers, Loos began to speak on behalf of those who dedicate their lives to producing food. (more…)

Computer and system technologies doing farm work

2013-05-31T08:04:38+00:00May 31st, 2013|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

CEW-MR-1-Farm IT598by Steven E. Smith
Specialized computer systems, advanced controllers, cameras and wireless networks are modern technologies that connect the agricultural manager of today to their 24 hour- 7 day per week workplace. While there are many great innovations to incorporate on a farm, the task of designing, installing and maintaining these systems can seem daunting to many who specialize in animal husbandry or crop production. As the saying goes, necessity breeds innovation. In agriculture, it is in those times that concepts for improvements to daily tasks, data collection, and other activities undergo (more…)

NMPF lauds House Agriculture Committee vote to support Dairy Security Act in Farm Bill

2013-05-24T08:06:47+00:00May 24th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

On May 15, Jerry Kozak, President and CEO, NMPF released the following statement:
“The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) is pleased with [May 15’s] vote in the House Agriculture Committee in support of the Dairy Security Act (DSA). The committee’s decision to once again reject an amendment by Representatives Bob Goodlatte and David Scott that would have undermined the House Farm Bill’s dairy safety net is gratifying to the thousands of dairy farmers across the country who support the DSA. (more…)

Molasses supplementation of organic dairy cows

2013-05-24T08:04:22+00:00May 24th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

CEW-MR-2-Molasses Feed1by Tamara Scully
Supplementing the diet of organic dairy cows can be costly. Certified organic grain is expensive. While highly-managed pasture is the best defense, providing adequate nutrition year-round can be challenging. One source of supplemental feed which came to the attention of Dr. Kathy Soder, of the USDA-ARS (Agricultural Research Service), is molasses.
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All Breed Beef Cattle Clinic at Stonewall Farms huge success

2013-05-24T07:55:58+00:00May 24th, 2013|Country Folks Article, Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

CEW-MR-2-All beef breed 622by Judy Van Put
Stonewall Farms, located on Callicoon Center Road, Jeffersonville, NY, was the place to be recently for all who have an interest in Beef Cattle. Host Eddie Moran worked tirelessly in preparation of the event, which drew Beef Cattle enthusiasts from near and far, along with his wife, Barbara, who was pleased with the almost-300 that came to their farm for the clinic. (more…)