Getting in sync: grassland birds and forage

CN-MR-2-Grasslandbirdsby Tamara Scully

For farmers who’ve been watching wildlife activity on pastures or hayfields during the past 10 years, a decline in the number of grassland birds won’t come as much of a surprise. For those who’ve been watching for the past 40 years, the change is even more significant. Grassland birds — bobolinks, Savannah sparrows, Eastern meadowlarks and others — have suffered a decline of 75 percent over the last four decades. At that rate, they will soon be extinct. Unless something changes. [Read more…]

Selling Connecticut: More on the Connecticut Agriculture Commission Conference

CN-MR-2-CT AGPartTwo1by George Looby, DVM

Continued from last week’s coverage on the Connecticut Agriculture Commission Conference.

John Waite, Executive Director of the Franklin County Community Development Corporation, greeted afternoon attendees following the lunch break at the the Third Annual Connecticut Agriculture Commission Conference on Saturday, April 5 in Hampton, CT. Waite manages the New England Food Processors in western Massachusetts, which processes raw ingredients from local farms to create value added product. Working agreements are made with each farmer selling to the processor. In season, this plant processes 2000-3000 lbs. of produce daily. [Read more…]

Maryland farmers hosted Seasons on the Farm dinner in Benedict

SONY DSCBENEDICT, MD  — Maryland farmers held their Seasons on the Farm dinner the evening of Saturday, April 12 at Serenity Farm in Benedict. Hosting a crowd of 67 area residents and farmers with a five-course dinner, proceeds from the purchase of plates and tables and a silent auction raised $3,995 for the Southern Maryland Food Bank.

Seasons on the Farm is a program supported by Maryland and Delaware farmers. It is designed to increase transparency and familiarity with farming and food production. The goal of the dinner was to spark meaningful and sustained dialogue between farmers and their neighbors. [Read more…]

Manure injection for ammonia conservation

CEWM-MR-2-Manure injection411by Sally Colby

It’s a given that manure application has the potential to cause conflict with neighbors, but it can also cause conflicts between the farm’s nutrient management plan and its conservation plan.

Doug Beegle, who conducted manure research at Penn State University, says nutrient management plans often recommend manure incorporation, but the conservation plan for the farm will often recommend no-till. [Read more…]

Holstein wins three international titles at the NY Spring Dairy Carousel

CEW-MR-3-Dairy Carousel 2by Pat Malin

SYRACUSE, NY — A few years back, when Tom Cull first spotted “Cameron,” a young Holstein, he sensed he had found a diamond in the rough.

A lifelong dairy farmer and breeder from Lomira, WI, Cull’s instincts proved right. The investment in Robrook Goldwyn Cameron has since paid dividends for Budjon Farms and additional owners, Peter Vail, St. Jacobs (Tim Abbott) and Clark Woodmansee. [Read more…]