He that plants trees loves others besides himself

CE-MR-1-Plant-tre1es2by Troy Bishopp

HAMILTON, NY — English Clergyman and writer, Thomas Fuller, inspired this belief in 1660, which is also a timely sentiment for our climate-changing environment. There was definitely some love to share as over 230 residents from Madison, Oneida and surrounding counties bought saplings from this year’s Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District’s 30th anniversary tree sale. [Read more…]

Success rings its bell loudly

CN-39-3-Success-rin2gs2by Laura Rodley

Change is constant. Come summer, Dr. Hess Veterinary Service’s office in South Hadley will be operating under its new name. On April 27, papers were signed making it Hess McWilliams Veterinary Services, as Dr. Frederick Hess and Dr. Rose McWilliams became partners.

Their extern is set to graduate from Cornell University in May. Her name is Caroline Barstow, wife of Steven Barstow, 7th generation farmer at Longview Farm in Hadley, MA. [Read more…]

Working toward a career in dairy

by Sally Colby

Katie Ann Bower didn’t grow up on a farm, but her love of animals started when she was young.

“I’ve always had animals at my house,” said Katie. “I was being bullied in high school, so my parents got me a horse. I started going to 4-H, and my leader gave me lessons and took me to horse shows. I paid for my lessons by working on her dairy farm.”

That experience is what led Katie to fall in love with the dairy industry. [Read more…]

Spring Premiere Horse Show highlighted by first chapter fundraiser for neglected horses

CN-MR-35-2-Spring-Premi1ere-Horse-2by Paul Burdziakowski

The United Professional Horseman’s Association Chapter 14 (UPHA-14) held their first show of the season April 20-23 at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA. Admission was free to watch the Spring Premiere Horse Show, which was also the kickoff event for the New England horse show season.

According to UPHA-14 officials, nearly 2,500 people were in attendance during the four-day event. The Spring Premiere Horse Show is considered to be one of the most prestigious nationally recognized horse shows in the country due to the high level of competitiveness and it regularly draws national champions and equestrians. [Read more…]

Don’t get shocked: What you need to know about solar arrays

by Katie Navarra

Have you been contacted by solar development companies interested in renting your land?

Several solar development companies are recruiting land in the Capital District and landowners in the region are receiving proposals. “One company has mailed a blanket of proposals to landowners, highlighting possible land to rent on a map. Interested people needed to sign and return in order to express interest and receive a contract form,” said Sandy Buxton, with the Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program. [Read more…]