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New Report Focuses on Livestock Industry in New York

Over the past several years, the Cornell Small Farms Program has conducted biennial Small Farm Summits focused on themes identified by farmers. The goal of these Summits is to prioritize research, education or other investments needed to support the viability of small farms in New York. In March 2017, the Summit focused on the needs … Read More

Cooperative Extension Brings Chickens to the Classroom

By Jason Detzel Last year I received a grant from the New York 4-H Development Program to complete a poultry project with 4-H youth in the County.  Naturally I chose to purchase an incubator, fertile eggs, and some supplies to teach a class on hatching chickens and to showcase the process at the Ulster County … Read More

Animal Welfare: Perception and Reality

By Kimberley Morrill, phD Do you think cows have emotions? Do you think cows feel pain? Do animals exhibit empathy, sympathy and compassion? These were the questions asked to the attendees of the 2018 Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium. Speakers, farmers and industry representatives from around the globe gathered in Scottsdale, AZ May 31st – June … Read More

Milking Cleanliness

Improve hand milking cleanliness for small ruminants with these few simple techniques By Miriah Reynolds The morning sun sneaks up and over the tall peak of the mountains as I open up the barn door. I am greeted by squinting eyes and eager faces. Pepper, my Saanen doe stretches and curls her upper lip, grunting in … Read More

Interested in Ranching for Profit? Potential Business School Coming to New England.

Ranch Management Consultants (RMC) are currently gauging interest to hold the business school of ranching in New England. If interested, take this four question survey: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07efe2mlf1jh6nkn0a/a014zjjq5r85v/questions Information on the school:   RMC has a long, successful track record of equipping ranchers like you with the tools and insights to transform your ranch into a sustainable business. … Read More

Summer ’18 Quarterly Resource Spotlight

A Guide for Farmers Who Want to Supply Low-Income Communities While Maintaining Financial Sustainability  This manual offers strategies and insights to help you run a small farm business that supports the needs of low-income communities.   As much as farmers want to support the community, the community needs our solidarity. About 50 million Americans are food insecure, with half of … Read More

The Power of Quitting

By Jason Detzel Farming is family.  Rarely have I encountered a group of people who are more motivated, dedicated, innovative and tenacious as farmers.   Whether you are tending apples in Orange County or herding sheep in Oregon, we as farmers hold these truths to be self-evident that all farmers will work hard, be good … Read More

Brand New Videos to Train New Dairy Workers

The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) is promoting a series of on-boarding safety training videos for new dairy workers. These free videos were created by the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health & Safety (HICAHS) and are a valuable resource for dairy farmers looking to train new workers quickly and … Read More

Blue Spade Farm

Blue Spade Farm was started at the end of 2015 with the goal of raising animals is a more environmentally sustainable system. Blue Spade Farm raises Spanish Boer Goats on a pasture system that limits inputs and mimics the natural ecosystem to the best of its ability.  This system creates a healthy atmosphere for the … Read More

2018 Baskets to Pallets Farmer Trainings

Baskets to Pallets at the 2018 NOFA-NY Winter Conference – Saratoga Springs, NY January 21, 2018, 8:00-9:15am Looking to diversify sales? Food hubs, groceries, restaurants and cooperatives are seeking your products, but these ‘intermediated’ channels require different marketing strategies. This workshop will include discussion and activities to prepare direct-marketing farmers to start building successful sales relationships with wholesale buyers. … Read More

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