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…]

Country Folks visits SDLG in China

CEW-MR-2-SDLG7789Country Folks was invited to visit the manufacturing plant of SDLG, a Chinese manufacturer of wheeloaders and excavators. SDLG is 70 percent owned by Volvo Construction Equipment and is overseen by Volvo’s Benoit Rimas. We were impressed by the manufacturing methods, fit and finish of the machines and the factory conditions. [Read more…]

Email marketing: what are you waiting for?

by Katie Navarra
Today, email is more than email. It is a tool that can be used for a low-cost, effective marketing tool. It can be used to motivate your customers to take an action you would like them to, from visiting your farm stand, purchasing a CSA share, using the U-Pick services available or simply signing up for your e-newsletter. [Read more…]

Northeastern dairy farmers host 2nd Organic Valley Regional Understanding Tour

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
Dairy farmers from Maine to Pennsylvania opened their doors to share information and strengthen bonds with other dairy farmers in their Organic Valley Co-op through an 8-day, Regional Understanding Tour.
“This Regional Understanding Tour was our second one,” said Peter Miller CROPP (Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools) Co-op/Organic Valley East Division Pool Manager, explaining that the first tour had taken place August of 2012 on the West Coast, running from California to Oregon. “The cooperative felt that this would be a good vehicle for staff and member/owners to see the different regions first hand and meet other members and businesses we work with in those regions.” [Read more…]

Woodbury FFA chapter to send seven state-winning CDE teams to nationals

CN-RP-1-Woodbury FFA 1The Woodbury FFA chapter located at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury will be sending seven state-winning CDE Judging teams later in October to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN.  Because the Woodbury FFA members won first place in seven different state FFA judging contests during the past school year, there are 34 students from the Woodbury chapter who will attend the 86th National FFA Convention. In 2010, the Woodbury FFA chapter set a new national record of having 11 teams qualify for and compete at Nationals in the same year from the same chapter. This year, they placed first in seven different Career Development Event Judging competitions during the 2012-13 school year, qualifying them to compete nationally this fall in Louisville and compete against the best teams from each state in the country.