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A GREAT LOSS

A GREAT LOSS

Paul Baker, Executive Director for the NYS Horticultural Society, Executive Director of Ag Affiliates, and Executive Secretary of the New York State Berry Growers, passed away from injuries he sustained from a car accident Wednesday afternoon near his home in Niagara County. We are all deeply saddened and shocked from his unexpected death. Paul had long career working within Agriculture and for the promotion of Agriculture. He began his agricultural career working on his family farm, and eventually taking the ... more
Snapshot of the Future

Snapshot of the Future

Twenty years ago, when I was managing my farm, I was having to listen to suppliers who serviced my operation on how I was just not up to the challenge of foreign competition. I told them I was forced to compete with imports from China that were being delivered to processing plants in New York for less than I could even ship them. The suppliers said I simply needed to rework my costs and trudge on. Fast forward a few ... more
We Need to Step Back and Find New Uses for the Apple

We Need to Step Back and Find New Uses for the Apple

Earlier this year I challenged each of you to come up with a new use for the apple. My example was what positives flowed from the introduction of taking raw peanuts and creating peanut butter? This then merged with jelly to yield an American classic peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. We still are looking for that new mix for our consumers. If we step back even more and begin to unpeel the onion so to speak, I think we are ... more
How Do You Measure the True Cost of Your Labor?

How Do You Measure the True Cost of Your Labor?

If you had an employee who dropped 66% of your apples you would no doubt have serious concerns as to his value. In baseball a player who fails to get a hit just 66% of the time would be destined for Cooperstown. Employee grading then has a very task-oriented factor to it. There is little doubt that the cost of our labor will creep up on an annual basis. If the productivity of that same employee remains constant than we ... more