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Securing a Labor Force at Sweetland Farm

A vegetable farm raised wages to $15 an hour and lived to tell the tale! by Elizabeth Henderson Early in 2016, Evangeline Sarat at Sweetland Farm, in Trumansburg, NY, announced that she would paying wages to her employees at the Tompkins County living wage level.  Evangeline explained, “For me, it is very pin pointed: if my … Read More

The National ROPS Rebate Program: A Lifesaving Initiative Just for Farmers

The National ROPS Rebate Program: A Lifesaving Initiative Just for Farmers By Pam Tinc, Senior Research Coordinator Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety: Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing In June 2010, New York Farm Bureau member David Huse was returning home after a day of mowing hay on a friend’s farm when he was struck … Read More

Everything Old is New Again: Cornell University Researchers Study Industrial Hemp, One of the Earliest Domesticated Plants

In early June, Cornell University researchers established three industrial hemp trials, one in Ithaca on the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station and two in Geneva on the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station.  There are no industrial hemp varieties developed for New York, so we are testing commercially available varieties from central and eastern Canada … Read More

List of Items for a Beginning Sheep Farmer, Part One

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

Small Farm Product Liability

Small Farm Product Liability: Coverage for Your Farm Products by Reuben Dourte If farming was to be broken down to its most simple definition, one could describe it as the supply side of a complex ‘manufacturing’ assembly line.  Agricultural products raised or produced by farmers find their way into an expansive array of goods.  As with any … Read More

A Dark Cloud Looms Over Farmland

Farm Succession Planning in Vermont Shines Light for a New Generation of Farmers By Rachel Carter “I want to die with my boots on,” a New England farmer stated in a focus group held by the American Farmland Trust and Land For Good, to study U.S. Census of Agriculture data on retiring farmers and future plans … Read More

Extension and NYS Apple Growers Partner on Innovation

Bans on the apple industry’s go-to thinning chemical, carbaryl, by retailers such as Whole Foods Markets have prompted New York apple producers, CCE educators and Cornell researchers to team up to examine a mechanical blossom thinning alternative to carbaryl. by RJ Anderson For optimal yield and fruit quality, apple growers in the United States have long relied … Read More

Introducing Sustainable Food Production to Buffalo Youth: The Massachusetts Avenue Project

By Claire Collie For over fourteen years, Massachusetts Avenue Project’s (MAP) Growing Green program on Buffalo’s west side has employed young people, teaching them how to grow food and make positive changes in our local food system. The organization began as a single lot community garden, and has grown to an urban farm spanning 13 lots, … Read More

Parasite Control for Small Ruminant Producers

Small Ruminant Producers: Do you want to improve your parasite control through genetic selection? 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 … Read More

‘Meat and Greet’ Fair Brings Farmers to Local Tables

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 & Greet Farmer and Chef Fair. Held March … Read More

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