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African rice farmers test traditions against NY climate

By Krishna Ramanujan / January 13, 2020

In 2013, Nfamara Badjie and his wife, Dawn Hoyte, bought a 6-acre farm in Ulster Park, New York, in the Hudson Valley. They soon realized the fields were muddy – almost wetlands – but Badjie didn’t mind.  “I said, ‘That’s the one I’m looking for, the wetland is good for the rice,’” Badjie said, flashing an easy smile. “Dawn said, ‘No, you can’t…

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Farmer Wedding Celebrates with Farm-Raised Cow for Dinner

By Jason Detzel / January 13, 2020

For his wedding, this CCE livestock educator served a cow that was born, raised and slaughtered on their farm.       I recently got married on my farm, in front of my family and friends. To augment that event, we decided to showcase our animal husbandry and respect for our guests by slaughtering a cow onsite and serving it as part of our wedding dinner — this…

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Winter 2020

By Kelsie Raucher / January 13, 2020

The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce the arrival of the Winter 2020 edition of the Small Farms Quarterly. In this issue, we feature stories about a veteran’s career change into farming, a young farmer’s journey into mushroom cultivation (published in both English and Spanish) and a how-to rate your record-keeping system, complete…

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Growing Mushrooms: Young Farmer Discovers a New Passion

By Amy Wu / January 13, 2020

Haga clic aquí para leer en Español. Seemingly overnight a backdrop of straw and plastic transform into an explosion of pink. Flamingo-colored mushrooms surface through an Everest of plastic bags packed with straw. There are hundreds of pink mushrooms in a wide spectrum of sizes and shapes, some of palm-sized and others as tiny as…

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Veterans’ Reflections on Farms Ops

By Nina Saeli / January 13, 2020

Farming was a career changing decision for Nina Saeli.  Editor’s Note: In this new series of essays, veterans who have participated in our Farm Ops program will be sharing their experiences in service, in farming, and in life. There are many things the average person does not understand about military service, and for those of us who…

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USDA Puts Northeast Organic Dairies at a Disadvantage

By Fay Benson / January 13, 2020

Raising an organic dairy heifer can be costly.  The first year of a dairy heifer’s life has the highest per day costs mainly due to the whole milk fed and labor required for young calves. This fact is the reason why the inaction of the USDA to close a known loophole in the National Organic Program (NOP) has allowed certain dairies to raise their young stock with conventional methods…

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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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CCE connects local farms, foodies through Taste NY

By James Dean / January 13, 2020

On a recent morning at JADA Hill Farm in Deposit, New York, Ziggy, a 5-month-old Nigerian dwarf goat, playfully head-butted a sister goat from her perch on a sun-drenched slab of rock.   Owners John and Dawn Alfano have fed their 19 dairy goats a breakfast of sweet feed mixed with black sunflower seeds before releasing them to…

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The Benefit of Markets for Managing Low-Grade Trees

By Peter Smallidge / January 13, 2020

Low-grade trees may be aesthetically attractive and have other than economic benefits.  Considerable attention is given to high-value trees, particularly how to grow them and their value when harvested. The harvest of just the high-value trees from a woodland is known as high-grade harvesting, selective cutting, or simply “high-grading.” This unsustainable practice has also been discussed because it diminishes the ecological and financial value of a woodlot. In…

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