July 2016: Agri-business

One man’s junk is another’s necessity

Jay Matteson

Jay Matteson

It is not unusual to encounter situations where farms keep old equipment and materials that may appear as “junk” to the non-farm public. Old tractors, farm machinery, and building materials may be kept by the farm for later use as replacement parts or building materials. Old tires may be kept for use to hold down plastic film placed on bunk silos storing animal feed. Farmers have always been masters of the three “Rs” of waste reduction: reduce, reuse and recycle. The three Rs apply when they keep old equipment to use for parts or to make devices to help complete daily farm chores. [Read more…]

July 2016 Cover Story: Family Farms

Investing in the family farm’s future

From left, Michael, Christopher, Andrew, and Carrie Higby at their family farm in the town of Leyden in Lewis County. The Higbys started their dairy operation nine years ago on 120 acres off Route 12D.

From left, Michael, Christopher, Andrew, and Carrie Higby at their family farm in the town of Leyden in Lewis County. The Higbys started their dairy operation nine years ago on 120 acres off Route 12D.

State’s new farmer’s grant fund supports early stage agricultural businesses in Jefferson, Lewis counties

By Norah Machia, NNY Business

Photos by AFM Photography

Nine years ago, Michael and Carrie Higby decided to quit their day jobs and start operating a dairy farm in the town of Leyden. [Read more…]

Cook up business in a new kitchen

Jay Matteson

Jay Matteson

Entrepreneurs trying to cook up new business now have a great facility in Jefferson County to work in. A shared-use kitchen at Madison Barracks opened its doors last month, providing existing or budding entrepreneurs who manufacture food products a more efficient means of doing so that can in turn help them expand their business. The facility, which has a 20-C license, allows small-scale, value-added food producers to rent time and space to make their product.

A 20-C kitchen is a facility approved by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Not everyone who makes food products for sale is required to use a 20-C kitchen. According to the department’s website, processors of home-processed foods may be exempted from the 20-C licensing requirements if they meet the following conditions: [Read more…]