A Day with the FFA Judging Teams

CN-MR-3-FFA-JUDGING-Swine1by George Looby, DVM

On Tuesday, Nov. 23 the Farm Dept. of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, MA played host to four FFA livestock judging teams from across the state.

The four schools represented were the Essex Technical High School, Danvers, MA; the Norfolk School, Walpole, MA; the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, Northhampton, MA and the Bristol County Agricultural High School, Dighton, MA. [Read more…]

Thomas and Sons Farm chalk up a big win at NAILE

CM-MR-2-THOMAS-FARM-NAILE-011by Hope Holland       

The Thomas family — Chris, his wife Kelsey and Chris’s brother Lonnie, of Boonsboro, MD won multiple championships in the Limousin division at the North American International Livestock Exhibition in Louisville, KY this fall.

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Virginia 4-H nets several wins at national livestock contests

CM-RP-1-VA-4H-WINNERS1-1BLACKSBURG, VA — The Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging and the Virginia 4-H Livestock Skillathon Team placed first and third at the recent North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY. The event is the world’s largest purebred livestock show.

The Livestock Judging Team competed against 34 other teams in the 91st National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest and was high team overall with 2,525 points, followed by teams from Illinois and Georgia, respectively. The first-place finish as the 2015 National Champion 4-H Livestock Judging Team makes the members eligible to represent the U.S. in next year’s Royal Highland Show in Scotland, along with the second-place and third-place teams. [Read more…]

Food Safety Modernization Act: Finalized

by Tamara Scully

It’s been almost three years since the original proposed Rules for Produce Safety and the Preventative Controls for Human Food, both portions of the 2011 Food Safety and Modernization Act, designed to prevent food-borne illnesses, were unveiled. Since that time, stakeholder input has led to re-evaluation and clarification of several provisions in both of these rules. Final FSMA regulations include some key changes from the original proposals. [Read more…]