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Excerpt: The New Livestock Farmer

By Carli Fraccarolli / July 6, 2015

The Better System: Pasture-Raised, Ethical Meats by Rebecca Thistlethwaite & Jim Dunlop What do we mean by the term “ethical” meats in the subtitle? In our minds, ethical meats come from producers who want their animals to live comfortable lives and to die as quickly and as humanely as possible. These animals get to exhibit their…

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Penn State's "Agricultural Alternatives" series

By Carli Fraccarolli / July 6, 2015

Helping farmers evaluate alternatives and plan for success. by Lynn F. Kime To meet the educational needs of small-scale and part-time farmers, Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, with support from the USDA-Extension Service, the USDA-Risk Management Agency, and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, has developed a set of 64 publications called “Agricultural Alternatives”.  Most…

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Local Farms Enthusiastic About "Delaware Bounty", a Local Food Outlet

By Carli Fraccarolli / July 6, 2015

by Mariane Kiraly In 2014, the USDA Farmers’ Market Promotional Grant Program was announced.  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County had been doing a lot of work with small and start-up farmers to assist them with growing a large variety of products, but most still lacked a year-round venue to market their products.  Mariane Kiraly,…

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Is being a jack-of-all-trades really better for your bottom line?

By Carli Fraccarolli / July 6, 2015

Supply-chain relationships help producers and get farmers back on the farm. by Rachel Carter Joe Bossen loves beans. He enjoys growing beans and working with the farmers who grow beans for Vermont Bean Crafters—producers of organic bean burgers, dry beans, and hummish (bean-based hummus). Bossen especially loves making bean burgers and developing recipes for new…

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State Veterinarian Reminds New York Poultry Industry to Always Practice Good Biosecurity Measures

By Carli Fraccarolli / July 6, 2015

from NYSDAM New York State Veterinarian Dr. David Smith reminds New York’s poultry industry to practice good biosecurity to keep their birds free from avian influenza and other diseases.  In the Northwestern and Central parts of the United States, animal health officials have detected a few new strains of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) among…

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Minerals for Sheep

By Carli Fraccarolli / July 6, 2015

by Ulf Kintzel Many farm stores offer ready-to-use minerals for sheep in a loose form in a bag. If you are happy with those minerals and if you can afford buying them, read no further. If you find them too pricey or if you are astonished how much of them are consumed by your sheep…

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Planting a Small Silvopasture to Benefit Farm and Livestock

By Carli Fraccarolli / July 6, 2015

If you have an overgrown woodlot, a strong back, a chainsaw, a small tractor with a mower, a pile of grass and clover seed, and a rake, then you can start establishing a small silvopasture on your land. To help you think about getting started, I will describe my own experience with planting a small-scale…

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For Rent: Cheap Grazing Land?

By Carli Fraccarolli / July 6, 2015

With over 3 million idle acres in NY , maybe there’s some out there for you. by Nancy Glazier Undeveloped rural land in New York is generally classified into three categories: active agricultural, forest, or idle. Over 3 million acres of vacant land lay idle, waiting for an opportunity. Not all of this land should…

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Planting Nut Trees on Your Farm

By Carli Fraccarolli / July 6, 2015

by Jerry Henkin If you want to plant nut trees, It’s important to research your land and the type of nut trees you want.  Check the soil for the correct pH for the trees you want to plant. There should be good drainage, sunshine, and air flow.  Will you want tall trees, which need to…

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Financial Implications of Selling Timber

By Carli Fraccarolli / July 6, 2015

The Right vs. the Wrong Way by Peter Smallidge   Timber in farm woodlots and rural woodlands may offer economic opportunities for the landowner.  In addition to best management practices that protect the health and productivity of your woods, there are also financial considerations for the owner’s attention.  Selling timber includes special tax considerations, but at…

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