Connecticut hosts Northeast Holstein Convention

CN-MR-1-Connecticut 1by Lorraine Strenkowski
The 2013 New England States Holstein Convention was held in Connecticut Oct. 25-27 and was hosted by the Connecticut Holstein Association. The event was geared toward the junior members and graced with superb weather for the farm tours. The Holiday Inn in Norwich, CT provided the home base for the convention, which included the annual meetings for the New England Holstein Association as well as the New England Junior Holstein Club. The 2013 New England Fall Classic Tag Sale was also incorporated into the event. [Read more…]

Hamrick keeps cotton tradition alive in Cleveland County

CM-MR-3-Hamrick 1by Karl H. Kazaks
SHELBY, NC — Max Hamrick freely describes the cotton gin he and his partner Sammy Thompson operate as “antique.”
At its heart are three Continental 90-saw gin stands from the early 1950s. The partners (which for many years included Hamrick’s brother Robert, until he retired) have been operating the gin since the mid-1970s. If everything is going well, they can gin five bales an hour. [Read more…]

Canadian Cowgirls wow crowds

CM-MR-3-Canadian cowgirls 1by Sally Colby
A team of women mounted on well-polished horses enter the ring in formation, carrying American and Canadian flags. They execute a series of precision moves to a cheering crowd, and when the drill is complete, they do something that’s unique to their team: a meet and greet the audience.

The Canadian Cowgirls make it look easy, but they’ll tell you it’s a lot of work. The group just completed a five-performance engagement at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA. [Read more…]

New York Grange Annual Convention

CEW-PR-NY Grange Convention4National Grange President Ed Luttrell was the guest of honor at the 141st session of the New York State Grange, Oct. 17-22, Albany, NY. The message of his address to the delegates was “Courage”. We need to have the courage to listen to others especially those with whom we do not agree. We must also be civil enough to remain friends even after disagreements. A lesson that public officials may take to heart. [Read more…]

First National Bioenergy Day receives widespread support and recognizes agricultural implications

CEW-MR-3-Bioenergy day261by A. Rock
The massive New Holland chopper engorged row upon row of 20-foot tall green willow and then pulverized it methodically into waiting dump carts to pile it into hefty heights at the Agens Farm in East Ava, NY Oct. 17. Nationwide biomass trade organizations created this “day of awareness” for a multi-faceted time of demonstrations, discussions, and on sight tours for the first ever National Bioenergy Day. [Read more…]