UConn Extension’s Jude Boucher has a lasting impact

CN-56-3-UConn-Extension1by Stacey Stearns

The name Jude Boucher is synonymous with vegetable production in Connecticut. Since joining UConn Extension in 1986, Jude has made a profound impact on the industry as the Extension Educator for vegetable crops Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Jude received his bachelor’s degree in Entomology from the University of New Hampshire, his masters in Entomology from Virginia Tech, and then earned his Ph.D. at UConn in Plant Science.  [Read more…]

Food waste gets second life as renewable energy on dairy farm

CN-28-3-Food-waste-gets1by Laura Hardie

Recycling is at the heart of dairy farming. Water is recycled to use on crops or to clean the milking parlor. Manure is recycled as fertilizer for the fields or converted into electricity on farms with cow power technology. Now, a Vermont farm has found a way to help their community recycle inedible food waste.

Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, VT has a farm waste digester, which converts manure, food waste and farm by-products into natural fertilizer and energy to power 400 to 500 homes. They will soon be piloting a new project with Casella Organics to help communities understand the importance of properly separating food waste so that it can be collected and turned into a mixture that can be fed into the farm digester. [Read more…]

Coalition emerges to support farmers in effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA — As Pennsylvania renews efforts to clean the state’s waterways and the Chesapeake Bay, Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences is helping to craft a strategy in which farmers spearhead clean-water initiatives.

Agriculture has high standards for conservation, with roots in a culture of stewardship, and farmers are ready to lead and be the solution for clean water, according to Matthew Royer, director of the college’s Agriculture and Environment Center.  [Read more…]

Juniors lead angus champions at 2016 MAJAC

CM-20-6-Juniors-lead-angus4Junior Angus exhibitors led 312 entries at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Junior Angus Classic (MAJAC) Regional Preview Show, March 11-13 in Harrisonburg, VA. Chris Mullinix of Manhattan, KS, evaluated the 92 owned females, 56 bred-and-owned females, 48 steers, seven bred-and-owned steers, 15 bred-and-owned bulls, six cow-calf pair and 88 Angus-based crossbred steers. [Read more…]

Attendees flock to Walpole, MA for inaugural Southern New England Shepherd’s Forum

CN-29-4-Attendees-4095by Paul Burdziakowski

The first biennial Southern New England Shepherd’s Forum was held March 5 at the Norfolk County Agricultural High School in Walpole, MA. A total of 108 attendees from all over New England came together for the opportunity to network with each other and learn about a wide range of topics within the sheep industry. The event offered plenty of activities to take part in for both adults and children including informative lectures, hands-on workshops and industry vendors. [Read more…]