State Dairy Quiz Bowl tests 4-H’ers’ dairy knowledge

CN-MR-4-UVMEXT-4H-Dairy-bowl2BURLINGTON, VT — The Vermont 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl, the first statewide 4-H dairy event of the year, was held on March 19 at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington.

The UVM Extension 4-H-sponsored event, which included a written test and several buzzer rounds of oral questions, attracted 76 participants. While all age groups competed for rosette ribbons, competitors in the senior division for ages 14 and older, also had a chance for a spot on the four-member state quiz bowl team that will compete at the regional and national level. [Read more…]

Public notice by the Maine Pork Producers Association and the National Pork Board

The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2017 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in conjunction with the Swine Education Seminar meeting of the Maine Pork Producers Association at the Viles Arboretum at 153 Hospital Street, Augusta, Maine. All Maine pork producers are invited to attend. [Read more…]

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…]