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    Agrarian Learning Center Connects Globally with Inaugural Event

Agrarian Learning Center Connects Globally with Inaugural Event

Agrarian Learning Center Connects Globally with Inaugural Event

By Troy Bishopp 

Hudson, NY— Farmer and Author, Shannon Hayes aptly engaged the belief that a strong community is built around local farmers, food and the stewardship of the land. On November 4th, the Agrarian Learning Center celebrated this sentiment by hosting a farm to table dinner and global event entitled: “Eat It, Wear It, Regenerate It, Igniting a Consumer Revolution”.  The result:  A world-wide connection with like-minded farmers, communities and consumers.

Many have come to know dairy farmers, Paul and Phyllis VanAmburgh of Dharma Lea Farm in Sharon Springs, N.Y. and Claudia [...]

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Madison County Conservation District Praises Team Approach

Madison County Conservation District Praises Team Approach
By Troy Bishopp
Morrisville, NY – English novelist, William Thackeray, proclaimed, “Next to excellence is the appreciation of it.” 

To honor this sentiment the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District held its 7th annual appreciation luncheon in Morrisville, NY to honor teams of family farmers, local contractors, town supervisors, Agri-business companies, engineering support, state and federal conservation partners and funding organizations who helped get conservation on the ground.

“The day is simply dedicated to saying thank you to those who contributed to the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District’s mission. It [...]

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Snug as a Soil in a Cover Crop Rug

Snug as a Soil in a Cover Crop Rug
                                              By Troy Bishopp
As the fall hastens and the outer-ware protects you against the elements, your land is also in need of a comfy soil quilt to safeguard its organic matter and microbe family. Dr. Vandana Shiva, said, “In traditional agriculture, the soil is the mother. She’s the mother who gives, to whom you must give back.”  Science has proven this “giving back” recipe for healthy soils includes covering the soil for winter with a cover crop blanket.

Throughout the Upper Susquehanna River Watershed Basin from Allegany to Delaware County, [...]

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The Worm Queen

The Worm Queen
By Troy Bishopp
Morrisville, NY—When you visit Central New York farmer’s markets or garden centers, you’re likely to see the buffalo girl, the honey guy and the chicken lady. But in the mix of vendors, you’ll come upon a different kind of livestock farmer and her signature mascot, O’Smiley McWiggler.  Yes, ladies, gentlemen, gardeners and farmers, you’ve happened upon a red-wiggler royal:  The Worm Queen.

Farmer Tina Jacobs, the passionate, unrivaled purveyor of worm poo and vermicompost is making waves (or castings) in the region for her carefully crafted plant food which gardeners hail as a magical [...]

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A “Huge” Story

A Huge Story
By Troy Bishopp
 

Albany, NY – In the Northeast grain marketing business, an earthquake of fraud and deceit has caused a tsunami of anger and bewilderment amongst the agricultural community.

The news of Cargill Inc., America’s largest privately held corporation, based in Minnetonka, Minnesota being hoodwinked by their account manager, Diane Backis at the Port of Albany, has sent shock waves throughout the grain industry. The Greene County, N.Y., woman pleaded guilty to stealing at least $3.1 million from Cargill over 10 years and causing at least $25 million in losses. She also pleaded guilty to mail [...]

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“It’s Good News”

“It’s Good News”
By Troy Bishopp
Oneonta, NY – The lovable, iconic dog, Snoopy, will forever be remembered for saying, “Keep looking up, that’s the secret to life.” For New York farmers and communities along the creeks, rivers and tributaries that feed the mighty Susquehanna River Basin and finally the Chesapeake Bay, the water quality is also getting a thumb’s up.

The Upper Susquehanna Watershed Forum held at SUNY Oneonta in November by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed partners shared success stories, barriers and ongoing opportunities with 80 professionals from agriculture, conservation organizations, land trusts, advocacy [...]

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