The New England Equitation Championships (NEEC) celebrated its 40th anniversary with five days of exciting competition Oct. 14-18 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. This year approximately 370 junior and adult riders from all over New England attended what is considered to be the most prestigious equitation event in the northeast. Adult riders participated during the first two days of the event while junior riders, ages 18 and under, competed the final three days. Both groups of riders used a wide array of horses including German Martingales, Dutch Warmbloods, American Thoroughbreds, Selle Francais, Holsteiners, Westphalians and Hanoverians. [Read more…]
If you want to farm, the nonprofit Grow Food Northampton can help. Right now, the nonprofit oversees three farms on some 120 acres. The three leasable spots are on Crimson and Clover, Sawmill Farm and Slow Tractor Farm.
“We’re full,” said Clem Clay, the Executive Director of Grow Food. Currently, 103 acres are already leased, seven acres are designated as organic and all 275 garden plot areas are taken. [Read more…]
Enfield, CT — Farm Credit East’s annual customer appreciation meetings began in October. At this year’s meetings, the member-owned cooperative will update customers on Farm Credit East and commence efforts to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Farm Credit.
The theme of this year’s meeting is “A 100 Year Foundation to Support our Customers and Communities into the Future.” It recognizes the cooperative’s history and long-term commitment to serve agriculture, commercial fishing and forest products businesses.
RALEIGH, NC — A 948-pound pumpkin grown by Gail Newsom in Pinnacle and a 302-pound watermelon grown by Chris “Superman” Kent from Sevierville, TN took the top prizes in the Great Pumpkin and Watermelon Weigh-Off at the NC State Fair. This event is sanctioned by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, an international organization that promotes growing giant vegetables. [Read more…]
As farmers gathered at the North Carolina State Fair, there was much bemoaning of the bad weather that has characterized this season right up until fair time. In fact, the Sunday after the Fair began on Oct. 16, a killing frost set in, followed by another the following morning.
The frost varied in its severity from north to south, with the growing season for cold-sensitive crops essentially coming to an end. The continuous rains had already marred the late season at the beginning of October. [Read more…]
When Karen Mickler and her husband Bruce DeGroot purchased a remote 50-acre mountain farm in Robbinsville, NC in 1980, they planned to produce as much food for themselves as they could. Part of that plan included a Jersey cow by the name of Rosebud.
“We didn’t buy this land with the intention of having a dairy farm,” said Karen. “We bought one milk cow, Rosebud, but she gave so much milk that we learned to make cheese. We had so much cheese and then another cow, so we got a license to sell our cheese.” [Read more…]
In 2014, the North Carolina State Fair’s Junior Livestock Sale of Champions was moved from the small sales arena in the Jim Graham Building out onto the main floor, which was set up to be audience friendly.
The timing was changed too, so that what had been a midday sale conducted while many other livestock activities were going on now took place in “prime time” when distracting activities were minimal. [Read more…]
JERSEY SHORE, PA — T.A. SEEDS has introduced five new Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ soybeans. The addition of these new products compliments a diverse and expanding soybean product line available from T.A. SEEDS dealers throughout the Eastern United States.
The soybean varieties range from late-group II to early-group V and feature the latest in high performance soybean genetics and comprehensive disease packages well-suited to the diverse pressures of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic growing conditions. Built on the high-yield potential of the Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® trait, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans offer tolerance to both dicamba (pending regulatory approval) and glyphosate herbicides. [Read more…]