Farming Magazine - February, 2013


New York Farm Show - Introduction

February 21-23, Syracuse, N.Y.

Click to view a PDF version of the New York Farm Show preview.

The 28th annual New York Farm Show will be held February 21-23 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Show hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are available to you free from your Northeast Equipment Dealers or by writing to New York Farm Show, P.O. Box 3470, Syracuse NY 13220. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your request by February 15. Admission is $5 at the door and children under 18 are free. Free parking and bus shuttles are available. New York Farm Show is co-sponsored by the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association and American Agriculturist magazine. For additional information, visit

New York Farm Show photos by Bob M. Montgomery Images,

Helping Farmers Produce More From Their Woodlots

The New York Forest Owners Association, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Cornell Cooperative Extension and SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry will present a series of free forestry programs February 21-23 at the New York Farm Show. The show has many exhibits displaying information, equipment and items of interest to landowners as well as farmers. Landowners who own woodland as part of their property can get information on many subjects that will help them enhance the value of their woodlots for timber, wildlife and recreation. The following tentative seminars will be presented in the Somerset Room in the Arts & Home Building. People are free to attend whichever seminar interests them. The speakers are knowledgeable in forest and rural land subjects and come from university, government, private industry and volunteer organizations.

Click to view a PDF version of the New York Farm Show preview.

NY Beef Industry Council Offers Beef Programs

The New York Beef Industry Council will present a series of beef programs February 21-23 during the New York Farm Show. These programs are free to the show visitors and will be held at the New York Beef Industry Council display in the dairy building. Many interesting and informative topics will be discussed daily.

10 Techniques for Halter Breaking

Learn to halter-break calves with ease. Different techniques discussed.

10:30 Fitting Cattle for Exhibition or Show

The proper clipping procedures to prepare an animal for the show ring. Grooming products and show day preparation will be discussed.

11 Ultrasounding Cattle for Carcass Quality

Demonstration on ultrasounding will be performed. Information on why this is an important factor in cattle selection and profitability.

12 Reproductive Technology and Practical AI

Learn how to put reproductive technologies, such as estrus synchronization and artificial insemination, to work in your cow/calf operation to enhance the performance and profitability of your herd.

1 Cattle Handling System and Management

Safety and ease will be discussed in relation to setting up a cattle handling system for both the producer and animal.

2 Proper and Effective Castration Methods for Feeder Calves

Castration can be a large stress factor on calves. Discuss different types of castration and proper methods.

2:30 Preconditioning Feeder Calves

Proper vaccines, wormers and essential programs to get feeder calves preconditioned for profitability.

3 Let's Play Jeopardy - Name That Cut

Join the New York Beef Industry Council staff in interactive games of beef knowledge. Test your knowledge against the pros or sit back and watch. Either way, you will learn more about beef. Prizes for the winners.

Come and learn all the latest developments in the beef industry and attend these outstanding programs sponsored by the New York Beef Industry Council.

Agricultural Youth Involved

"The young people are the future of the agricultural industry, and New York Farm Show supports them in their efforts of promotion and fundraising," said Scott Grigor, show manager. "The youth organizations play a major role in the success of our show," Grigor added.

The 2013 show will involve young people from 4-H, FFA and the Morrisville State College Agricultural Engineering Club. Members of the Oneida County 4-H Teen Council will greet you as you enter the show, collecting your ticket and offering you a show program. "These outstanding young adults have been involved for many years and are true professionals," said Grigor. The 4-H will be selling hitch pins at the ticket entrances as a fundraiser. The pins are $5 each, or five pins for $20. The FFA and FFA Alumni conduct the Friday night toy auction. The auction is organized by the FFA Alumni and members of the FFA State Officer team assist with the auction. "The auction has been a good fundraiser for the FFA over the years," said Grigor. The Stockbridge Valley FFA will be selling maple syrup and maple products that they produced, as well as milk and ice cream, in the dairy building. The Agricultural Engineering Club assists with the cleaning of the equipment during show setup. "These individuals work very hard and provide an excellent service to New York Farm Show," added Grigor.

These young people work with over 400 exhibitors covering more than 215,000 square feet of exhibit space and gain excellent exposure to the agricultural industry. "It's the premier indoor farm show in the Northeast and an opportunity to showcase the agricultural youth with pride," Grigor said. "As we look back at the past 28 years, all of the youth organizations have impacted the success of the show. They bring an added energy and excitement to the show. As the manager, I am truly grateful for their participation."

The Robert Watson Memorial Toy Auction will be held on February 22 at 5 p.m. in the Empire Room of the Arts & Home Building. Over 200 farm toys will be sold to the highest bidder, with all of the proceeds to benefit the New York FFA.

Top-Notch Tech Showcase

Already the best technology showcase in the Northeast, the 28th annual New York Farm Show promises to be even better.

When you really want to check out new technologies, you want to kick the tires (if it has tires), watch it work, take an under-the-hood look, and then get a price quote. This is the time of year when you get serious about it - and have time to do so.

That's why the New York Farm Show is the Northeast's top-drawing indoor farmer's event of the winter, pulling in farmers from more than 10 states and Canada.

All five heated buildings will be jammed with crops, dairy, beef and building products from close to 425 exhibitors.

Here's a short list of what'll be waiting for you:

* All major brand equipment manufacturers, including AGCO, John Deere, Case IH, CLAAS, Kubota, Kuhns, New Holland, Mahindra and more.

* Dairy industry leaders, including Dairy Farmers of America, Dairylea, Organic Valley and others.

* Dairy equipment companies, including Alfa-Laval, BouMatic, GEA Westfalia-Surge, Lely and more.

* Energy-savers and shavers, including ventilation, heating, lighting, solar and wind technology products.

* Seed companies, including DeKalb-Asgrow, Doebler's, Growmark FS, Mycogen, Pioneer, T.A. Seeds and many more.

* Seminars and/or workshops on beef cattle profit-makers and dairy robotics, plus timber and wildlife management.

Agricultural Pride

"We are proud of the Northeast farmers and the impact that they have on the economy. Times have been difficult for these dedicated people working every day to provide us with our food, and I want them to know that we are grateful for their efforts," said Scott Grigor, show manager. The Northeast's premier indoor farm show is packed with new and practical equipment, services and products just right for your farming operation. Over 400 exhibitors covering more than 215,000 square feet will be waiting for you.

"It's Agricultural Pride, and the 2013 New York Farm Show offers many new and exciting highlights for everyone," said Grigor. Visitors can shop, compare and buy the latest practices and efficiencies.

The latest technologies and equipment will be showcased at the event. Visit the website,, to see a full list of new products. Many organizations will be offering workshops and presentations, including the beef industry, forest management workshops and agricultural safety program. "These organizations have dedicated a lot of time and effort to provide high-quality programs for the show visitors," said Grigor.

Visitors can view and purchase farm toys at the toy show in the Arts & Home building.

The Empire Room will once again feature a buffet lunch throughout the show for the public to enjoy.

Grigor said, "It's the premier indoor farm show in the Northeast and an opportunity to showcase the agricultural industry."

All Roads Lead to NYFS

Driving directions to the New York Farm Show

No matter where you're coming from - north, south, east or west - getting to the New York Farm Show in Syracuse is an uncomplicated drive. To plot your course using an Internet travel map such as MapQuest, just key in this street address as your destination: 575 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse, N.Y.

Or follow these directions...

From the north:

Take I-81 south from Watertown, N.Y., to I-690 west (Exit 23a-b), also known as the Bear Street west exit in Syracuse.

Follow I-690 west about 1.7 miles to the Solvay exit (Exit 7) and the New York State Fairgrounds.

Turn right onto State Fair Boulevard frontage road. Follow signs and parking attendant directions to parking. From Watertown, it's about 72 miles.

From the south:

Take I-81 north from Binghamton, N.Y., to I-690 west (Baldwinsville Exit) in Syracuse. Follow I-690 west to the NY Route 29/Solvay exit (Exit 7).

Follow frontage road to State Fair Boulevard. Signs and attendants will direct you to parking. From Binghamton, it's about 77 miles.

From the east:

Pick up I-90 (New York State Thruway) west, west of Albany, N.Y.

At Syracuse, take the I-481 south exit (Exit 345A).

Follow I-481 south to I-690 west (Exit 4).

Follow I-690 west to the NY Route 29/Solvay exit (Exit 7).

Follow frontage road to State Fair Boulevard. Signs and attendants will direct you to parking. From Albany, it's about 149 miles.

From the west:

Take I-90 (New York State Thruway) east from Buffalo, N.Y., to I-690 east (Exit 39).

Follow I-690 east to NY Route 297 (Exit 7) toward New York State Fairgrounds.

Follow signs and directions to parking. From Buffalo, it's about 149 miles.

Catch Farm Show Discounts

Hotels and motels in the Syracuse, N.Y., area eagerly await New York Farm Show visitors and exhibitors. Ask for their special "farm show rate." Please note that special rates may apply only to advance reservations.

The first one is the headquarters hotel. The others are listed alphabetically.

Ramada Inn, 1305 Buckley Rd., N. Syracuse. 315-457-8670. Approximate cost: $70 with breakfast. Restaurant.

Best Western Fairgrounds, 670 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse. 315-484-0044.

Comfort Inn Fairgrounds, 7010 Interstate Island Rd., Syracuse. 315-453-0045.

Courtyard by Marriott, 6415 Yorktown Circle, E. Syracuse. 315-432-0300.

EconoLodge University/Downtown, 454 James St., Syracuse. 315-425-0015.

Embassy Suites, 6646 Old Collamer Rd., E. Syracuse. 315-446-3200.

Genesee Grand Hotel, 1060 East Genesee Street, Syracuse. 315-476-4212 or 800-365-3663.

Hampton Inn Syracuse/North, 417 7th North St., Liverpool. 315-457-9900.

Holiday Inn Carrier Circle, 6555 Old Collamer Rd., E. Syracuse. 315-437-2761.

Holiday Inn Express/Fairgrounds, 6946 Winchell Rd., Warners. 315-701-5000.

Holiday Inn Syracuse, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool. 315-457-1122.

Homewood Suites Hotel, 275 Elwood Davis Rd., Liverpool. 315-451-3800.

Ramada Limited, 6590 Thompson Rd., Syracuse. 315-463-0202.

Super 8 Motel, 421 7th North St. and Buckley Rd., Liverpool. 315-451-8888.

Western Ranch Motor Inn, 670 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse. 315-484-0044.

Click to view a PDF version of the New York Farm Show preview.