Managing dairy cow rumination

CEW-MR-1-Managing-rumin79401by Tamara Scully

“Rumination is so sensitive to the cow’s state of being. Resting as a biological process, and rumination, are so closely intertwined,” Dr. Rick Grant, of the Miner Institute said. “Management that impairs lying time almost has to decrease rumination response,” no matter the diet being fed. [Read more…]

Historic Southwick tobacco farmers evolve with the times

CN-MR-2-MA-TOBACCO_151by Paul Burdziakowski

When you hear the words tobacco farm you might imagine the rolling fields of North Carolina or a plantation in tropical Havana, Cuba as the ideal setting. There is, however, a long-standing tobacco farm that sits in the temperate climate of Southwick, MA.

“Tobacco farming has been in the Connecticut River Valley for a long time,” said John Arnold, one of three brothers who co-own the farm. “People think of it as southern best quality tobacco grown here in the north.”  [Read more…]

North Country Fruit and Vegetable Seminar and Tradeshow

CN-MR-1-FRUIT-VEG-SEMINAR-021by Heather Bryant, Regional Field Specialist, Food and Agriculture

Bright and early Thursday morning, Oct. 29, 126 people arrived in Whitefield for the annual North Country Fruit and Vegetable Seminar and Tradeshow. This was the sixth year we’ve run this program at the Mountain View Grand and as usual they came through with an “as local as possible” meal which included squash, beets, kale and tomatoes grown by some of the attendees. [Read more…]