The Century Farm Award

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by George Looby

Each year in early August the Connecticut Agricultural Station Lockwood Farm located in Hamden, CT holds an open house at which time the station has the opportunity to display its many trials, experiments, investigations and other activities to the general public. One of the highlights of the program is the recognition of a CT farm that has been operated by members of the same family for one hundred years or more. Eligible farms are selected by the CT Agricultural Information Council. This group is also responsible for annually choosing the states outstanding young farmer who is recognized at AG Day at the State Capitol in early March. [Read more…]

Improved efficiency at Wolfe’s Powerline Dairy

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In an unusual move for a newly-established dairy, in 2000, Wolfe’s Power Line Dairy, in Milton, PA, immediately invested heavily in a type of milking parlor not too often seen in PA, which has saved the operation tremendous amounts of time, energy, and expense over the past 16 years it has been in use: A 32-stall DeLaval Rotary Milking Parlor. [Read more…]

DPH and CAES: Residents should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites

New Haven, CT – The State Mosquito Management Program reminds residents to take steps to prevent mosquito bites as West Nile virus (WNV) is present in Connecticut. So far this season, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) has identified WNV infected mosquitoes in two communities in Fairfield County, Stamford and Bridgeport. [Read more…]

Elmhurst Dairy production plant closing impacts New York dairy farms

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On Oct. 30 the Jamaica, NY, Elmhurst Dairy processing plant will close its doors affecting “8,300 stores and 1,400 public schools,” while also impacting dairy farms across New York State.

“This development is only going to cause more market disruption to a market that is already suffering from a shortage of processing capacity here in the Northeast,” said CCE CNY Dairy Specialist Dave Balbian. [Read more…]

Bicentennial Farm Award Ceremony at Ag Progress Days

ROCK SPRINGS, PA – Pennsylvania’s rich agricultural heritage took the spotlight Tuesday when Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding recognized seven Pennsylvania families for their contributions to the commonwealth’s agriculture industry during Penn State’s Ag Progress Days in Rock Springs, Centre County.

Redding recognized the farms – which have been in operation for a combined more than 900 years – through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Century and Bicentennial Farm Program. [Read more…]