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Organic farmers and researchers utilize cover crops to reduce the labor and expense of organic mulches.

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. by Brian Caldwell and Ryan Maher Organic mulches like hay or straw can suppress weeds and improve soil.  They are used by many small scale vegetable farmers, but the cost of the material and application may be prohibitive for larger operations.  However, there may be ways around this obstacle.  … Read More

The Green Lie of Hay and Grazing Lands: Deceivingly Green Pastures Performing at a Fraction of Their Potential

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. by Rich Taber At the time of this writing in early May, I look out the window onto a green, awakening landscape, with the sun trying to deliver its warm rays to kick start the green up process via photosynthesis.  I think of those approaching warmer sunny summer days, … Read More

Small Ruminant Producers: Do you want to improve your parasite control through genetic selection

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. The USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program is  offering free Fecal Egg Count (FEC) analysis to assist with selective breeding for resistance to gastrointestinal worms. AVAILABLE TO: Ø National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) members wanting to generate Estimated Breeding Values (EBV) for parasite resistance. Free for new … Read More

Reduced Tillage Field Day – Summer 2017

Tools and Tactics for Organic Vegetables at Any Scale August 14th, 2017, 4:00-7:00 pm Location: Freeville Organic Research Farm at the Cornell HC Thompson Vegetable Research Farm, 133 Fall Creek Road, Freeville NY REGISTER NOW! Join the Cornell Reduced Tillage Team for a field tour and discussion of practices to build soils and manage weeds … Read More

New York farms can cut energy use and energy costs with the Agriculture Energy Audit Program

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. By Lisa Coven Last spring, NYSERDA launched the Agriculture Energy Audit Program. The Program offers farms and on-farm producers no-cost energy audits.  No up-front costs are required form the farmer as NYSERDA pays the consultant directly.  Three levels of audits are offered.  The level II audit adheres to ANSI/ASABE … Read More

List of Items for a Beginning Sheep Farmer, Part One: Tips and Resources for Beginning Sheep Farmers

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. by Ulf Kintzel “What do I need when I start?” It is a question that is posed to me often. The almost inevitable follow-up question almost always is “Where do I get it”? I figured I should compile a list of items that one needs and while I am … Read More

Have you checked out the new USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service resources?

If you are taking some time to get out of the heat this summer, go online and check out USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service’s improved  online census questionnaire demonstration site. “Responding to the census will be easier than ever before in December. It is our hope that producers will become familiar with the online census … Read More

Funding Sources Info – Or is “Free Money” Worth It?

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. For those who could not attend, a brief recap of several of meetings across ENY Liz Higgins of the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program (ENYCHP) held to discuss the reality of hunting and gathering funding for starting or expanding ag businesses. By Liz Higgins and Sandy Buxton, Cornell … Read More

“Meat and Greet Fair” Brings Farmers to Local Tables

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. By RJ Anderson When it comes to shopping for meat, more consumers are looking for products raised locally. Many of those consumers, however, have trouble connecting with nearby farms to satisfy their buying preferences. Looking to break down that barrier in upstate New York was the inaugural Meat & … Read More

Heirloom Tomatoes: For Farmers, A Challenging Love Affair

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. Nothing captures summertime in New England like fresh, locally-grown heirloom tomatoes. Heirlooms have captured the imaginations of chefs and the hearts of farmers’ market shoppers, who just can’t seem to get enough of them; they are the poster fruit of the “buy fresh, buy local” movement. Small farmers … Read More

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