I remember it well. It was 6 a.m. on June 11, 2015 when my friend and young farmer, John Suscovich, announced to the world on his 75th Farm Marketing Solutions Podcast, that he was having an emotional meltdown and heading into the thralls of depression. As he divulged his inner pain, a wave of tears dripped onto my keyboard, partly from my empathy for him but also from the release that, I too, suffer from the “Burning candles at both ends” syndrome. [Read more…]
Darla Romberger grew up on a crop and beef farm in Schulkill County, Pennsylvania and her family operates a feed mill. Today, Romberger teaches Ag at Cumberland Valley High School, and says it’s disheartening to find a quick internet search reveals numerous tractor accidents. “The more human error we can eliminate, the better we do,” said Romberger. “When you aren’t paying attention, that’s when bad things happen.” [Read more…]
Managing plant diseases challenges many organic producers, but with the right products and techniques, farmers can improve yield, according to presenters at the recent eOrganic.info webinar, “Using biofungicides, biostimulants and biofertilizers to boost crop productivity and help manage vegetable diseases”, co-hosted by the Tomato Organic Management and Improvement Project. [Read more…]
by Steve Wagner
“None of you would be here today if it were not for this protein,” according to Troy Ott, a reproductive biologist and associate director of the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences at Penn State University. “This protein is called syncytium (pronounced sin-SISH-um),” he told attendees at the 2017 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit. “If your mother could not express that protein, she could not form a placenta…Every baby was born because of this protein.” [Read more…]
May is Beef Month! And combating hunger has become a goal of the New York Beef Council (NYBC), with NY beef producers stepping up to take part in the 2017 NYBC Farm to Food Bank Initiative.
Since April 24 auction markets throughout New York State have been assisting NYBC in promoting the Farm to Food Bank Initiative. [Read more…]
Stacey Stearns serves as the Agricultural Program Coordinator in the UConn Extension Service and in addition serves as the chairman of the Agriculture Commission for the Town of Mansfield, CT. In her latter role she coordinated a presentation by Jeanette Beranger, Senior Program Manager of the Livestock Conservancy, previously the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. The meeting was held in April at the W.B. Young Building on the campus of the University of Connecticut. [Read more…]
by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
Controlling disease challenges many organic growers. The University of Vermont Extension presented “High Glucosinolate Mustard as an Organic Biofumigant in Vegetable Crops” as a webinar recently in partnership with eOrganics. Dr. Heather Darby, professor and University of Vermont Extension representative, Abha Gupta, crops and soils coordinator with the University of Vermont Extension, and Katie Campbell-Nelson, a University of Massachusetts Cooperative Extension agent, presented the webinar. [Read more…]
Pennsylvania can count itself lucky in the matter of spreading high path avian influenza; it has not yet reached the commonwealth. Bird flu is never inevitable. It’s the luck of the draw.
Bird flu could wind up in any state from Maine to New York to Virginia. [Read more…]