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…]

Genetic practices to improve: Beef cattle reproduction

By Darrh Bullock, University of Kentucky

Reproduction has a great impact on the profitability of beef cattle producers and is therefore an important consideration when making genetic management decisions. Due to the low heritability of most reproductive traits many producers feel there is little that can be done through genetic management and rely solely on other management practices such as health programs and nutrition management.  While nutrition and health are critical to good reproductive rates, this publication will focus on genetic practices that can have a positive impact on reproduction.

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