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Livestock Fence Building Workshop for Veterans June 28th

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Three Sisters Farm, 7594 Lower Streiff Road, Rome, N.Y.

10:00am to 3pm workshop with a light lunch

Admission: free

If you’re interested in pursuing a livestock enterprise, a good fence is an essential tool to manage animals on the land. Join Army Veteran and beginning farmer, John Slifka of Three Sisters Farm as he teams up with Sons of the American Legion member, grass farmer, conservation professional and former fence contractor, Troy Bishopp, to show others the techniques of building long-lasting fences the first time.

This hands-on event will show veteran farmers how to use a hydraulic post driver, build [...]

By |June 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

A Farmer Meltdown

A Farmer Meltdown

By Troy Bishopp

I remember it well. It was 6am on June 11th, 2015 when my friend and young farmer, John Suscovich, announced to the world on his 75th Farm Marketing Solutions Podcast, (https://farmmarketingsolutions.com/blog/gfp075-my-big-meltdown  ) that he was having an emotional meltdown and heading into the thralls of depression.  As he divulged his inner pain, a wave of tears dripped onto my keyboard, partly from my empathy for him but also from the release that, I too, suffer from the “Burning candles at both ends syndrome”.

Mental health is not something we discuss very much, especially at the farm [...]

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    Scientists Share Research Findings of Grass-Fed Meat and Milk

Scientists Share Research Findings of Grass-Fed Meat and Milk

Scientists Share Research Findings of Grass-Fed Meat and Milk

By Troy Bishopp 

Hagerstown, Maryland—“Information is the currency of scientists” was a theme throughout the 2017 Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Conference which assembled researchers, chemists, scientists, professors and nutritionists to tell the grass-fed story from pasture to table. It appears research findings on livestock production of meat and milk from forage-based systems and directly grazed pastures have positive attributes for human health.

To the lay person, the discussion of fatty acids, double bonds, lipids, isomers and meta-regression analysis may seem overwhelming but the burgeoning grass-fed market and pasture-based farmers are very much [...]

I’m Sorry I Missed Your Drought Party

I’m Sorry I Missed Your Drought Party

By Troy Bishopp

Word on the street says you gain experience just after you really need it and you’re supposed to learn from past experiences in an effort to not repeat. After 32 years in the managed grazing bu
siness, I’m not supposed to be surprised anymore.  That was until the dry spell of 2012 when I literally got burned.

That year in the Northeast we had a warm winter followed by a grazing season with 25 days of over 90 degrees and very sporadic rain. This was a period where it might sprinkle every [...]

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Grass Whisperer Captures National Conservation Photo Awards

Grass Whispering Conservationist and Farmer Captures National Conservation Photo Awards

Denver Colorado — The 2016 winners of the National Association of Conservation District’s poster and photo contests were announced at the organization’s 71st Annual Meeting on Jan 31st. Each year, the NACD photo and poster contests give students and adults alike the opportunity to display their artistic talents on a national stage. 

The National Association of Conservation Districts is the non-profit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state associations and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 70 years, local [...]

By |March 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments|

Be the Yeoman Farmer

Be the Yeoman Farmer

By Troy Bishopp

Morrisville, N.Y.—If you were looking for inspiration to start down an agrarian path, chances are Mark and Kristin Kimball from Essex Farm on the shores of Lake Champlain, could steer your heart and hands into the wonderfully messy and delicious life of farming.

With the spirit of Thomas Jefferson’s yeoman farmer sentiment: Farmer, author of The Dirty Life, and keynote speaker, Kristin Kimball conjured up the importance of local farms at the 1st Annual Madison County Small Farm and Homestead Fair held at Morrisville College.  “I still believe in Jefferson’s notion that “Agriculture is our [...]

By |March 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment|

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