Chase Hill Farm

CN-MR-46-3-Chase-Hill41by Laura Rodley

In France, the Normande breed of cattle with their dark brown checkerboard coats dot the landscape, the way that black and white Holsteins dotted the New England landscape when farmer Mark Fellows grew up in Warwick, MA. The Normandes are dual purpose, bred for both high quality beef and bred for producing the best milk for cheese production.

Fellows was well acquainted with Holsteins as he grew up on his parents’ dairy. Oliver and Virginia Fellows started farming in 1950 on land that had a house and views of New Hampshire’s Mt. Monadnock. They built a barn and outbuildings, but didn’t name the farm. His father laid the cinder blocks for the hay barn by hand. “They had a conventional dairy farm,” said Fellows. [Read more…]

Priorities for 2016 discussed at local Farm Bureau meetings

CE-MR-2-LocalPriorities21by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Recently in Montgomery County, Norton spoke to a full house concerning 2016 issues — including the impending wage hike.

Farmers report being unable to afford paying higher wages to their employees with no options except cutting existing staff, reducing farm products, or even leaving the farming industry entirely. [Read more…]

Connecticut Vegetable and Small Fruit Growers Conference

CN-MR-CT-vegetable-and21by George Looby

In January vegetable and small fruit growers from the state and beyond gathered at Maneeley’s Conference Center in South Windsor, CT for their annual conference.

The first speakers of the day were Heather Callahan and Neley Agudelo from the U.S. Dept. of Labor who addressed the topic of how to comply with labor laws and survive a U.S. Dept. of Labor investigation. The rights of farm workers are covered under the provisions of the U.S. Dept. of Labor and cover an array of situations and conditions under which employees might find themselves. Many workers fall under the Migrant and Seasonal Ag Worker Protection Act (MSPA). Items falling under the MSPA umbrella include wages, housing, transportation, working conditions and work-related conditions. [Read more…]

Milk flow

CM-MR-1-Milk-flow11by Tamara Scully

Dairy farmers were offered the opportunity to hear from dairy economist Bob Wellington, of dairy cooperative Agri-Mark, Inc., during a teleconference through the University of Vermont Extension. Bob Parsons, UVM Extension Economist, hosted the call.

Wellington discussed the ‘chaos of the world market,’ which is ‘crucial’ to United States dairy producers as 13-14 percent of U.S.-produced milk, on a component basis, is currently exported overseas. [Read more…]

2016 Vermont Farm Show

CN-9-VT-farm-show11ESSEX JCT, VT — The 2016 Vermont Farm Show at Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction was the best yet. Since the mid 1930’s the Vermont Farm Show has been the best opportunity for agricultural professionals and rural homeowners to meet with vendors, preview products and machinery, attend trade association meetings, seminars and network within the greater agricultural community all under the same roof. [Read more…]