Farmer-Veteran Coalition boosts beginning farmers in Maine

CN-MR-48-3-Farmer-Veteran3by Sally Colby

After he retired from military service, Jerry Ireland thought he was going to leave the rest of the world behind and do his own thing. But four years after starting a farm in Belfast, Maine, Ireland says that the farm is becoming an example for other veterans. And as someone who had never farmed a day in his life, Ireland says although the agricultural life isn’t easy, anyone who wants to can do it. [Read more…]

What’s been working for organic farmers?

CW-MR-2-Organic-Farmers585by Steve Wagner

Elvin Ranck, a Mifflintown, Juniata County farmer, says when he started switching from conventional farming methods to organic, it was 1986. Ranck was the lead-off speaker at the two-day Organic Valley/Organic Prairie/CROPP Cooperative ‘Balancing for Profit’ Agronomy School. At that time, he said, he never thought that Pennsylvania would be supporting organic like they are today. [Read more…]

Youths compete for championships at annual state 4-H Dairy Show

CN-RP-24-2-state-4-H-dairy-show-duoLYNDONVILLE, VT — Several 4-H’ers came away from the State 4-H Dairy Show, Aug. 15, as champions, earning rosette ribbons in fitting and showmanship and conformation contests.

The well-attended show took place at the Caledonia County Fairgrounds in Lyndonville with more than 60 youths, ages 11 to 18, from 11 counties showing dairy animals. University of Vermont (UVM) Extension organized the event, which also included a team clipping competition and grilled cheese-making contest. [Read more…]

Is this corn really sulfur deficient?

CN-MR-36-1-striped-cornby Daniel Hudson, UVM Extension Agronomist

Note: It is clearly too late in the season to correct nutrient deficiencies, thinking about these things now can help us to be more aware, thoughtful, and proactive next year.

A farmer called several weeks ago and said that his corn was looking ‘striped.’ The agronomic jargon for that condition is ‘interveinal chlorosis.’ Indeed, it was faintly, yet distinctly exhibiting those symptoms. [Read more…]

Wolfe’s Neck Farm secures major grant from the USDA

FREEPORT, ME – The Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Tom Vilsack, recently announced that Wolfe’s Neck Farm Foundation, Inc. (WNF) has been awarded a three-year grant totaling $573,256 to support expansion of its Organic Dairy Farmer Training Program to other farms throughout the region. This grant is coming from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. [Read more…]