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Chainsaw Safety, an Absolute Necessity

By Tara Hammonds / October 2, 2017

by Rich Taber Most farmers and rural landowners own chainsaws for a variety of purposes, the majority of which involve the cutting of trees and firewood.  Chainsaws, in the hands of the untrained or those who do not follow common safety rules, are in danger of causing serious injury or death to themselves. This year…

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The Basics of Impact Investors: What a Farmer Needs to Know

By Tara Hammonds / October 2, 2017

A primer for working with an impact investor focused on farmland access. by Kevin Egolf Small farmers and small farm advocates have probably heard statistics about average farmer age (nearly 60 years according to the USDA) and young farmer land access issues (68% of farmers cite land access as the biggest obstacle for young and…

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Building Healthy Pasture Soils

By Tara Hammonds / October 2, 2017

Focus on biology to build resilient soils that sustain production and deliver profitable yields with reduced inputs. by Lee Rinehart Soil fertility in pastures goes well beyond a simple discussion of soil samples, fertilizers, and the nutrients needed to produce high yields.  Rather, soil health is an ecosystem concept: it is holistic and complex, and…

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In Search of a Peasant Culture in Upstate New York

By Tara Hammonds / October 2, 2017

by Johann Strube “Pheasants? I love pheasants!” This was just one of many disbelieving reactions I got when I told people I was trying to find traces of a peasant culture around Ithaca, NY. As a student at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Austria), I was able to visit many small…

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Working with Little Reverse Osmosis Units for Syrup Production

By Tara Hammonds / October 2, 2017

by Stephen Childs One of the biggest drawbacks of making maple syrup for a back yarder or small maple producer is the time it takes to boil the sap into syrup.  The idea of using a small reverse osmosis unit to assist with the syrup making is very interesting to many small maple producers.  There…

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List of Items for a Beginning Sheep Farmer, Part Two

By Tara Hammonds / October 2, 2017

by Ulf Kintzel I will continue in this part 2 of the article on individual supplies and tools you will need to get started with Sheep. See the Summer 2017 issue of the Small Farm Quarterly for Part 1. I leave it up to you to research where you get the best price or what…

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John May Farm Safety Fund Eligibility Requirements Expanded to Help More Farms

By Tara Hammonds / October 2, 2017

What is new? We have expanded our eligibility criteria to now include New York State dairy farms with up to 699 mature dairy cattle, as well as increasing the annual gross cash income to $349,999 for all farms. About the program: As the first program of its kind in New York State, this cost sharing…

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Stay the Course: Six Generations of Stewardship on the Corse Family Farm

By Tara Hammonds / October 2, 2017

by Amy Overstreet Over the years, the Corse family developed a strong working relationship with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and implemented soil and water conservation practices to ensure a healthy and sustainable future for their dairy operation and herd of 60 grass-fed dairy cows. In a part of the state not considered ideal…

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Agriculture Career Day Exposes Teens to Diverse Fields

By Tara Hammonds / October 2, 2017

Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Cornell Cooperative Extension team up to host 2017 Building the Agricultural Intellect of the Finger Lakes Youth Career Day. by R.J. Anderson From dairy robotics and precision farming technology to the chemistry of wine making and integrated pest management, jobs in…

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SPDES and On-Farm Construction

By Tara Hammonds / October 2, 2017

When planning an agricultural construction project, do not fall into the myth of agricultural exemption a general permit for stormwater discharge may be required. by Doug Kierst and Judy Wright When planning construction in your farmstead or farm area, is one of the first considerations whether you should obtain a NYS Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permit…

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