Although it was technically a business trip, the New York Farm Show in Syracuse last month was more fun than expected. The daily seminars, sponsored by FARMING and Farm Credit East, showcasing the successes of robotic milking were informative as area farmers noted how they implemented robots in their operations.

Photo By Javin Leonard

As reported on, the farmers panel – which included Chris Finke from Finke Farms, Dan Brown of Snow Brook Farms, and many others – raved about the amount of time saved after they ventured into the fairly new technology. Forest management was also represented well with Peter Smallidge (featured in our Woodlots section on page 16) who presented a session about the basics of forest ecology in association with a group of workshops sponsored by the New York Forest Owners Association.

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In addition to the education, the FARMING booth was a popular hangout during the show. Who knew that the game of corn hole could bring so many together. As part of the booth, the picnic-themed tossing pitch proved to be a hit with ongoers as it created an unusual traffic jam around our corner lot. It was part of our subscription contest that included many door prizes with a grand prize of a Carhartt jacket. Congratulations to our winner, Colton Aubin of Harbor, New York!

We also want to give a hearty thank you to all those who subscribed to FARMING during the show and other subscribers who loved our new look. The praises didn’t end after the show. When we got back to office, it was nice to see that long-time readers are noticing the new FARMING

“I would like to express our gratitude to all of the people who have made FARMING a large part of our agriculture information on a monthly basis. We have seen the New England Farmer, Farming, The Journal of Northeast Agriculture and now FARMING. Yes, there have been many changes in the publication since it began, but there have been just as many changes in the agriculture that it serves.

We get a lot of information on where we can purchase the goods that we need for our farm and sugarhouse. There have been many articles in Sugaring that have started us on our way to further pursue improvement that we have read about in FARMING. All of us have learned a lot from articles in Woodlot, Working Horses, Beef and Dairy. Vicki Schmidt has presented such insight about horses. She is so knowledgeable that you always learn something about how to care for all of our animals.

Woodlot has become a wonderful resource for us because every time you do something in our sugar bush many of the ideas were sparked by one of its many contributors. Sugaring is a must for us to read. Winton Pitcoff has many thought-provoking ideas from production, equipment and marketing. Being sugarmakers, we are always learning new techniques. Maple production has changed a lot just like FARMING but I think you have much to offer the farming community. And Barbara Sweet has been with FARMING ever since we have been reading it and is a very essential part of it.”

Lamothe’s Sugar House

Rob and Jean Lamothe

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