Caring for Our Land

  •                                                                           The New York Animal Agriculture Coalition (NYAAC) was created  and is committed to helping the dairy industry be […]




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  • George and Mary Lue Mueller began dairy farming 60 years ago in Clifton Springs as Willow Bend Farm was founded in 1957. Today, under the leadership of Mueller’s son, John, and several other family and non-family partners including the Nedrow Family, the farm has grown from a single location milking 80 cows to three separate […]




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  • We are living in a world that is consumed by technology and because of this we have information at our fingertips. I’m guilty, as I’m sure all of you are, of reading something on the internet and immediately believing it’s true. Did America’s celebrity couple really break up? Is our favorite TV show truly being […]




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  •   Have you ever wanted to help give New York agriculture a positive image? Here’s your chance! Even during a busy fall harvest season, we need to continue to show our pride in the care we provide our animals, the land and our community. To help you do so, the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition […]




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  • When you have too many tomatoes in late August, you don’t just throw them away, right? You save them by storing them properly so that you can enjoy them at another time. As dairy farmers, our cows produce more manure than we can handle all at once. That’s because in winter there is snow covering […]




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  • When the weather breaks, the snow melts and the temperatures start to rise, farmers get the itch to get out and “play”. Whether it’s hooking the tractor up to the plows or harrows, seeing the stacks of seed waiting to be planted or the greening of the grass – it’s tough to hold a farmer […]




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  • Congratulations to Sheland Farms of Jefferson County for receiving the 2013 Agricultural Environmental Management Award, presented by Commissioner Aubertine at Empire Farm Days earlier. The Shelmidine family demonstrated that good stewardship of the land can help lower costs, improve efficiency and improve the global environment all in the same shot. They didn’t do it alone. […]




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  • From using old baler twine to fix anything on the farm to applying manure to fields as fertilizer, farmers are the original recyclers. Nothing goes to waste on a dairy farm – even the manure, which has proven to be one of the most beneficial so-called “waste” products. Today, dairy farmers recycle water used on […]




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  • Dairy cows are amazing creatures! We all know how they provide us food…but now they provide us fuel! A handful of dairy farms in New York have taken advantage of anaerobic digesters – expensive technology that turns manure or organic waste into electricity. In fact, Governor Cuomo recently announced an initiative that increased and incentivized […]




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  • Sustainable dairy practices have been implemented, perfected and passed down for generations. However, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy is continually finding new ways to increase energy efficiencies, reduce water, save fuel and lower operating costs for dairy farms. See the Innovation Center’s publication, Sustainability in Practice, which includes stories from these New York State […]




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