Cream of the Crop

CN-MR-4-CreamCrop4by Laura Rodley

Jerald Reinford makes his dreams come true.

Five years ago, he bought 103 acres in Russell, MA with the dream of making it a farm and offering the goods at a farm store.

“I grew up on a farm. I have a furniture and kitchen business, and was looking for more of a family venture. Farming is in my blood,” he said. Reinford now divides his time between his successful business (Countryside Woodcraft, which employs 14 people and makes high-end furniture out of hardwoods, mainly cherry), and Cream of the Crop Farm. This arrangement allows Reinford to be more available for his seven children, ages 2 to 15, and his wife, Priscilla. [Read more…]

Woodbury FFA chapter to send 11 state-winning CDE teams to Nationals

CN-MR-1-LatestWoodburyThe Woodbury FFA chapter located at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, CT will be sending 11 state-winning CDE judging teams later in October to the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY. Because the Woodbury FFA members won first place in 11 different state FFA judging contests during the past school year, there are 47 students from the Woodbury chapter who will attend the 87th National FFA Convention. [Read more…]

A celebration of the Cooperative Extension Program

CN-MR-1-CelebrationDeanby George Looby

On Sept. 19, 2014, the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources at the University of Connecticut held a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Program. The extension service is a joint state-federal program enacted by Congress in 1914 to disseminate knowledge to the agricultural community to better their awareness of the latest in agricultural information. The legislation was known as the Smith-Lever Act, and it provides funding for outreach endeavors at the Land Grant Universities through the Cooperative Extension System. [Read more…]

Tips for maintaining low mycotoxin levels

CM-MR-4-Mycotoxin1074by Bill and Mary Weaver

Large numbers of pet deaths in 2005 and again in 2007 prompted recalls of dog food that contained high levels of corn mycotoxins — potent poisons produced by molds. Mycotoxins are a major health hazard to livestock, pets and people.

What’s a farmer to do, when, under certain weather conditions, some mycotoxins will be produced, even in field corn that is still growing in the field? This is particularly a problem in the southeastern U.S., but also in the Midwest and elsewhere. [Read more…]

Growing quality from within

CM-MR-3-RAS2880by Sally Colby

Immediately after morning milking, a New Jersey dairy herd was loaded into a tractor-trailer, bound for a farm in Pennsylvania. That evening proved to be memorable.

“We had 55 cows that had come out of a tie stall facility, not used to being in a freestall barn, with people they had never seen, and had just ridden for three hours in a tractor trailer in the rain,” said Bobby Geiman, who now owns the cows with his wife Shelly. “These cows had never been in a parlor — they walked in and backed right out. Shelly’s job was to grab the tail and hold the cow in place until the next cow entered. The cows were nervous, and had no idea what was going on. It took us four hours to milk 55 cows, but within three days, they were fine.” [Read more…]