Farming Magazine - August, 2013


Empire Farm Days

August 6-8, Seneca Falls, N.Y.

Empire Farm Days will take place August 6-8 at Rodman Lott & Son Farms in Seneca Falls, N.Y., with lots of new attractions for all agricultural interests. The Lott family has hosted Empire Farm Days at their farm since 1988. The 2013 edition of Empire Farm Days marks the 80th anniversary of New York's outdoor agricultural trade show. The show is the largest outdoor event of its kind in the Northeast.

Sponsored by Empire State Potato Growers, Inc., the show is held in the center of New York's Finger Lakes region. The event brings more than 600 exhibitors and 70,000 visitors interested in farming, livestock, horses, food production and all things agriculture to Seneca Falls annually. The outdoor farming showcase that spreads out across 300 acres of Rodman Lott & Son Farms is one of the largest agricultural-themed events in Seneca County.

For the dairy-minded, the 2013 Dairy Profit Seminars are focused on the next generation of young dairy operators, robotic milking technology, and how to measure, monitor and improve cow comfort. The free seminars start at 10:30 a.m. and are open to the public at the Empire Farm Days Dairy Seminar Center. They will be followed by industry updates from the American Dairy Association & Dairy Council and the Beef Checkoff program, as well as a picnic lunch.

On Wednesday, August 7, the 2013 class of Junior Dairy Leaders will graduate, with presentations about their experiences with the hands-on program for 16 to 19-year-old youth interested in learning about career opportunities in the dairy industry.

Dairy operators interested in learning more about how to comply with farm worker housing requirements can take advantage of the new mini-seminars on farm labor offered by the New York State Department of Labor, which will be held daily at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Agriculture Labor Specialists Parker Filer and Laura Tramontana will also address how to use forms developed specifically to assist agricultural employers in complying with New York's Wage Theft Prevention Act.

Photos by Bob M. Montgomery Images,, unless otherwise noted.

New product exhibits will feature everything from one-piece group hutches for calves and a natural fine-texture agricultural lime for balancing soil pH to cover crop seeders, large-capacity mixing wagons, LED lighting, and the latest in smart remote control technology.

The New York Corn & Soybean Growers Association is presenting the new Corn & Soybean Center in 2013 with panel discussions and presentations on enhancing yield and production.

Those interested in farm and home-size wind energy opportunities can see turbines on display and attend daily information presentations at the Wind Center.


Cattle handlers will want to stop by the 11:30 a.m. daily demonstrations by Cornell University Beef Extension Specialist Dr. Mike Baker, who will be working with the latest equipment and demonstrating the farmer-developed Bud Box method for directing cattle into chutes and pens. The New York Beef Industry Center is also adding clipping demonstrations this year.

The new "Alpacas: From Start to Finish" exhibit will have live animals, spinning and weaving demonstrations, and finished products made with the luxurious fiber.


The three Equine Center round pen presenters for 2013 are draft breed horseman Dave Ayers on Tuesday, wild mustang trainers Emma and Jack Minteer on Wednesday, and natural horsemanship instructor Stasia Newell on Thursday.

McCadam Cheese (made in Chateaugay, N.Y., and available for tasting at the Agri-Mark booth) will be joined by samples of Cabot Cheese, with its new brand logo recognizing its New York farm family owners.

The Outdoor Sporting Center, sponsored by Beikirch's and Fred's Tents, is more than doubling in size with the latest sporting equipment and safety information for boating, fishing, hunting and archery enthusiasts.


Popular returning exhibits at the 2013 Empire Farm Days include therapy dog Sparks demonstrating fire safety in the NYS Grange Family Center each morning, ag plastics recycling and goat care demonstrations, the FFA student tractor driving safety and welding contests, and the daily Old Iron tractor parade.

New York Sea Grant and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be in the farm pond, demonstrating life jacket and canoe/kayak safety measures.

The annual Ag Leadership luncheon on Wednesday will recognize New York's Agricultural Environmental Management Award and Empire State Potato Growers Scholarship winners, and will also feature a keynote presentation by Kathryn Boor, Ronald P. Lynch Dean of Cornell University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, and Wednesday, August 7, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 8. Admission is free, and parking is $10. Find more details online at or contact show manager Melanie Wickham at 877-697-7837 or