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Rich Taber, M.S., M.S.F., is Grazing, Forestry, and Ag Economic Development Specialist with CCE Chenango.  He lives with his chainsaws on a farm that has a 100 acre woodlot in Madison County. He can be reached at phone: 607-334-5841 ext. 21 or email: rbt44@cornell.edu.
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Touched by an Angel: Disaster Averted!

By Rich Taber / January 13, 2020

He or she who hauls heavy agricultural loads on highways has to be vigilant in preventing machine failures on busy highways!  I am no stranger to ordeals, mishaps, and minor accidents with farm machinery over the years. Even with the best of intentions, and with safety foremost in mind, accidents can still occur.   I have been…

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Brush Hogs and Rotary Cutters: Multi-purpose Tools for the Small Farm

By Rich Taber / October 7, 2019

Brush hogs can knock down vegetation and weeds in a timely manner, and have several very useful purposes. Small farmers of necessity must accumulate a certain amount of machinery to work their farms and landscapes. One of the most useful tools is what is known as a “brush hog” or “rotary cutter.” Brush hogs are…

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How About Those Woodlots; Can We Make Any Money From Them?

By Rich Taber / January 14, 2019

Increased farm viability and diversification through value added forest products. By Rich Taber Many farmers and rural property owners have woodlands as part of their land ownership portfolio, and we oftentimes receive inquiries as to how this land might be developed in order to generate some sources of income. Most landowners own their woodlands for a…

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Chainsaw Safety, Part 4: Reducing the Risk of Chainsaw Kickback (Just say No to Kickback!)

By Rich Taber / July 2, 2018

Chainsaw Safety, Part One Chainsaw Safety, Part Two Chainsaw Safety, Part Three In the first three articles of this series on chainsaw safety we focused on having the right types of safety equipment when using chainsaws. It is imperative to have all of the right OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) approved safety features when you or your…

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Chainsaw Safety, Part 4: Reducing the Risk of Chainsaw Kickback (Just say No to Kickback!)

By Rich Taber / June 28, 2018

Chainsaw Safety, Part One Chainsaw Safety, Part Two Chainsaw Safety, Part Three In the first three articles of this series on chainsaw safety we focused on having the right types of safety equipment when using chainsaws. It is imperative to have all of the right OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) approved safety features when you or your…

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Low-Cost Seeding Methods for Improving Pastures and Haylands 

By Rich Taber / April 6, 2018

Methods to improve old unproductive pastures and hayfields that are both effective and economical are a common challenge for farmers, and especially so for new and beginning farmers.  The time and cost for re-seeding includes multiple passes of tractors and tillage machinery including plowing, disk harrowing, spring tooth harrowing, rock picking, planting, and packing to establish a new planting, far more work and cost than…

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Personal Protective Equipment: Chainsaw Safety, Part 2

By Rich Taber / January 8, 2018

Chainsaw Safety, Part One This second part article on chainsaw safety is part of our CCE Chenango grant project done in collaboration with the New York Farm Viability Institute, “Increased Farm Profitability and Diversity through Value-Added Forest Products Initiative”.  We have been encouraging farmers and woodland owners to develop forest based enterprises, many of which…

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