Press-Republican

February 2, 2014

Farm briefs: Feb. 2, 2014


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Ticonderoga slaughterhouse open for business

TICONDEROGA — The Adirondack Meat Company, a Ticonderoga U.S. Department of Agriculture inspected slaughter and meat-processing facility, is now open. It is located at 30 Commerce Drive.

They will be taking reservations for harvesting for 2014. Adirondack Meat Company is also entertaining the idea of an open house, and anyone interested in attending is asked to send along a request to info@adkmeatco.com.

For more information, visit their website at www.adkmeatco.com.

State now third-largest dairy producer

ALBANY — New York state is now the third largest producer of milk in the entire country, passing Idaho in 2013 by 57 million pounds, according to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirms that this is the first time since 2009 that New York has ranked third nationally in milk production after previously holding the number-three spot from 1972 to 2009. Compared to 2012, New York’s milk production increased by 2.2 percent in 2013 compared to 0.4 percent growth nationwide.

This strong growth represents the fourth consecutive year that New York has registered an increase in milk production. This growth is due to increased demand for milk, thanks in large part to the state’s booming yogurt industry, coupled with higher milk production per cow which increased by 10.2 percent from 2009 to 2013. New York is also the number-one producer of cream cheese and cottage cheese in the country. 

“New York State has recaptured its spot as one of the top three milk producers in the country, proving that our efforts to create new economic opportunities for the dairy industry are working,” Cuomo said. “Milk production is fueling thousands of jobs across Upstate New York, revitalizing communities and providing a variety of nutritious products for millions of consumers across the country.”

The dairy industry is New York’s leading agricultural sector, accounting for more than one-half of the state’s total agricultural receipts. The increased milk supply has been very important in helping to meet the growth in the production of yogurt by plants located in New York state. In 2012, New York’s yogurt production was 695 million pounds.

Compared to 2007, at 234 million pounds, production has nearly tripled. As a result, New York became the number-one producer of yogurt in the country in 2012.

American Farmland Trust adds staff members

SARATOGA SPRINGS — American Farmland Trust (AFT) has added two new staff members to expand its capacity in New York State to help transition farms to the next generation and promote new markets for local agricultural products through its Farm To Institution New York State initiative, according to David Haight, New York state director for AFT.

Tim Biello joins AFT as New York field representative working to facilitate the successful transition of farms to the next generation, coordinating farmland access and farm transfer training programs for farmers, landowners and professionals. Specifically, he will oversee the development of the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network and associated website.

Glenda Neff joins AFT as the Farm to Institution New York State (FINYS) initiative coordinator and senior field adviser. FINYS is a partnership of agriculture, economic development and public-health interests working to scale up local food economies by expanding the volume of food grown in New York that is served in institutions such as colleges, hospitals and schools. 

AFT’s New York State office is located at 112 Spring Street, Suite 207, Saratoga Springs, and can be contacted by calling 581-0078 or emailing newyork@farmland.org.

The American Farmland Trust is the nation’s leading conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land.

For information on American Farmland Trust’s work in New York, visit www.farmland.org/newyork and Facebook:www.facebook.com/AmericanFarmlandtrustny.

Program funding dairy-cow corn substitute analysis

CHAZY — Northern New York farmers are interested in properly and cost-effectively feeding their dairy cows. To help them evaluate economically feasible replacements for corn grain in dairy rations, the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) has provided funding to the William H. Miner Agricultural Institute to conduct a comprehensive inventory and analysis of accessible and appropriate dairy diet substitute products.

High corn prices are driving farmer interest in favor of feeding more high-quality forage in place of grain to their cows.

“This research is timely in responding to the need for farmers to reduce the use of corn in feed rations. Corn prices have reached all-time highs in recent years, and although they may trend downward due to high yields in 2013, prices are expected to remain higher than historical averages,” said Miner Institute President Dr. Rick Grant.

Grant added that a lower corn/starch diet does not compromise milk production. The search goes beyond simply increasing the dairy ration with grass/legume forage grown on regional farms.

Nonforage sources of fiber and fermentable carbohydrates for dairy rations include soybean hulls, beet pulp and wheat midds. Miner Institute is collaborating with Northeast Ag and Feed Alliance feed industry representatives to look at regional factors influencing dairy ration development. For example, large storage facilities along the St. Lawrence River offer citrus pulp, hominy and whole cottonseed supplies as potential dairy diet sources. 

Researchers are also evaluating sources of distiller and wet brewer grains, and malt sprouts produced in Quebec, gluten feed produced in Ontario and New England bakery by-products.

When completed, the report will be available on at www.nnyagdev.org.