National Mastitis Council seeks scholar applicants

Graduate students interested in milk quality could win trip to NMC meeting

Full-time graduate students interested in controlling mastitis, promoting udder health and improving milk quality can be selected for an expense-paid trip to attend the National Mastitis Council 56th Annual Meeting, Jan. 29 to 31, 2017, in St. Pete Beach, FL by applying for the NMC Scholars program. In its 10th year, the NMC Scholars program provides up to four scholarships. At least two NMC Scholars will be graduate students at a university or college outside of the United States and Canada. [Read more…]

Pasture Renovation Workshop at Vibbard View Beef Farms

CEW-MR-3-Pasture-Renovation31by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“Do you always graze before you clip?” asked Jeff Vibbard.

Vibbard was addressing CNY Field Crop Specialist Kevin Ganoe and Cornell University Beef Specialist Dr. Mike Baker at a CNY Beef Producers’ Pasture Renovation Workshop held at Vibbard View Beef Farms in Burlington Flats, NY. [Read more…]

Planning for soil health

CN-MR-18-2-Planning-for-Soil-Healtha1by George Looby

On June 1, 2016 a day long program was held at Woodstock Orchards in Woodstock, CT designed to give those in attendance a better understanding of the complexities of soil structure. The orchard is owned and operated by Douglas and Eric Young. The father and son team manage a traditional orchard along with vegetables and berries. This year is a tough one for Connecticut orchardists. [Read more…]

Agritourism ~ utilizing social media to promote your business

CM-MR-1-Agritourismby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

The second in a series of Webinars organized by the University of California Small Farm Program in partnership with FarmsReach, instructing practical ways to attract Agritourism to your business was presented on June 2, with Kristin York of the Sierra Business Council and Lauren Gagliano-Saline of Suzie’s Farm as featured speakers.

Gagliano and York walked listeners through steps of using the internet to attract and secure new customers through use of social media including Google, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Yelp, Pinterest and other growing social media sources. [Read more…]

New England Farmer “Fuels Up” with New England Patriot

CN-MR-28-3-New-England-Farmer1by Lorraine Strenkowski

Jeff and Alexis Cone of River Plain Dairy in Lebanon, CT, recently hosted New England Patriot Devon McCourty and the New England Dairy and Food Council (NEDFC),, as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program started by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League in collaboration with the USDA. McCourty, also known affectionately as “DMac,” is a Fuel Up to Play 60 Player Ambassador and is nominated for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. [Read more…]