The Colgate Ice Doctor is in

By |March 9th, 2016|

The Colgate Ice Doctor is in
By Troy Bishopp
Hamilton, N.Y. – At the crack of dawn, on a frosty February morn, many farmers tend to livestock in the comfort of a barn. For Madison County native and farm boy, Bruce Weaver, the pre-dawn routine means heading to Colgate University’s Starr Rink and tending to a crack of a different sort. As the hockey rink vernacular goes, the Ice Doctor is in.

Bruce is part of an employee coalition of 20 groundskeepers and facilities personnel trained to make and maintain the 85’ x 200’ frozen slab in the Campus’s iconic [...]

Winter Feeding Made Easy For Young Farmers

By |March 9th, 2016|

Winter Feeding Made Easy For Young Farmers

By Troy Bishopp
Worcester, NY – American economist and professor at the Harvard Business School, Theodore Levitt, said, “Creativity is thinking up new things; innovation is about doing new things”. As a thinker and doer, Organic Dairyman, Tom McGrath resembles this remark when it comes to out-wintering dairy cows and enhancing the bottom line.  What’s this fresh strategy revolutionizing the way for many farmers?  Bale grazing.

In the tiny hamlet, Tom, Caroline and daughter, Elaine McGrath of Autumn Valley Farm raise 45 certified organic cows and produce 100% grass-fed organic milk for Maple Hill [...]

The Most Important Grazing Management Strategy to Date

By |February 27th, 2016|

  The Most Important Grazing Management Strategy to Date
By Troy Bishopp 

Andre Voisin developed the theory of rational grazing. Darrell Emmick gave us prescribed grazing.  Jim Gerrish coined the phenomenon of management intensive grazing.  Greg Judy sparked the practice of mob grazing and  fathered the worldwide application of holistic planned grazing.  So what will the Grass Whisperer’s legacy grazing system be in Wikipedia?  I’ve come up with a term that is long over do:  It’s called “Linger Grazing” or perhaps “Linger Farming Systems”.

This revolutionary idea came at the expense of my friend and fellow grazing aficionado, Nathan Weaver, [...]

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    Winter Green-Up Conference Receives Slantwise Logic from Chip Hines

Winter Green-Up Conference Receives Slantwise Logic from Chip Hines

By |February 27th, 2016|

Winter Green-Up Conference Receives Slantwise Logic
By Troy Bishopp
Latham, NY – To the casual observer, The Century House on Route 9 in the heart of the Capital District resembled a Hollywood movie set, complete with cowboys, rock-star chefs, writers, directors and a packed house of spectators. Here in farm country, we are used to this spectacle as the handiwork of nationally acclaimed leaders of the 8th Annual Winter Green-Up Grass-Fed Conference, Morgan Hartman and Tom Gallagher.

This year’s theme corralled the topics of farm profitability, land stewardship, soil carbon, grazing management, meat quality & consistency, cattle genetics of place, [...]

The New American Farmer

By |February 19th, 2016|

The New American Farmer

By Troy Bishopp

Hamilton, N.Y. – Students equipped with their smartphones and tablets packed a lecture room at Colgate University to learn about, of all things: The new American farmer.  Dr. Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, Assistant Professor of Food Studies from Syracuse University’s Falk College gave a perspective and presented research about Latino immigrant farmworkers striving to become farm owners.  According to the USDA Ag Census, this is the largest population of new farmers entering agriculture.

In her lecture: “The New American Farmer: Agrarian Questions, Race, and Immigration”, the Cornell graduate explored the significance of farmworkers and other first-generation Latino [...]

2 Powerful Words for 2016

By |February 12th, 2016|

2 Powerful Words for 2016

By Troy Bishopp

January always opens up with folks coming down with resolution fever. A resolution is defined as a firm decision to do or not to do something.  Being resolute describes someone who is determined in character, action, or ideas.  For the New Year, I’m determined to adopt a new, positive direction that is sorely lacking in our culture.  The resolution of conveying often, the two most powerful words in our vocabulary:  Thank you.

Before you get my impression of these two simple words, I have to share what precipitated this call to action. For my [...]


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