Potomac Horse Fever detected in Maryland: Horse owners encouraged to monitor horses

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Potomac Horse Fever has been confirmed in two Maryland horses, one of which has died from the disease. The Maryland Department of Agriculture is urging horse owners – especially those with horses that graze near rivers, streams and creeks – to watch their horses closely for signs of the disease. Clinical signs include mild to severe fever, diarrhea, loss of appetite, laminitis and mild colic. Potomac Horse Fever is most commonly contracted by horses that ingest infected aquatic insects such as caddisflies and mayflies. [Read more…]

Agri-Science student’s organic shiitakes

CN-MR-22-1-Agri-science-student19451by Lorraine Strenkowski

Fourteen-year-old Ben Stankoski of Colchester CT, has been working on his grandmother’s farm ever since he can remember. For owners of Maggie’s Farm, Carol Brzozowy and her partner of 30 years, Jim Peppin, organic farming is a way of life. Ben brought awareness of his family’s produce to his school, the Regional Agricultural Science and Technology Center in Lebanon, where the farm is located. [Read more…]

People’s choice

CN-42-3-People's-choice89210by Laura Rodley

Farming resembles a square dance called people’s choice, swiftly changing partners according to the directions of the caller. Sometimes you have to let go of one your partners and go on by. Such was the case with Hager Brothers Farm. They used to be a dairy, but they let go of their dairy cows and switched to beef to sell at their busy roadside Hager’s Farm Market. [Read more…]

Preventing fires in baled hay and straw

CW-MR-3-HAY-FIRES1Most hay fires occur within the first six weeks after baling. Understanding the causes of fires in stored hay and learning how to reduce fire hazards will protect your feed supply and could prevent the loss of time and money associated with a fire.  [Read more…]

Diversifying works for Red Gate Farm

CN-MR-12-1-RED-GATE-FARMby Laura Rodley
Nigerian Dwarf goats frolic and school children get a chance to gather eggs, plants seeds, put up fencing, and drive Joe the Milking Shorthorn ox at Red Gate Farm in Ashfield, MA. Like many other farms that diversify, the farm also hosts wedding receptions in its three story circa 1870 barn. Recently, owner and Farm Director Ben Murray went over his things to do list to be ready for hosting the reception of his neighbor, Naomi Clark, who was married two days to Craig Richter.

“We’re honored she would choose us,” said Murray. [Read more…]