On Jan. 17, the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) announced that former U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will join the organization as president and CEO, effective Feb. 1, 2017. USDEC is a non-profit, independent organization that seeks to enhance the global demand for U.S. dairy products and ingredients. [Read more…]
by Troy Bishopp
ALBANY, NY — In the Northeast grain marketing business, an earthquake of fraud and deceit has caused a tsunami of anger and bewilderment amongst the agricultural community.
The news of Cargill Inc., America’s largest privately held corporation, based in Minnetonka, MN, being hoodwinked by their account manager, Diane Backis at the Port of Albany, has sent shock waves throughout the grain industry. [Read more…]
LIVERPOOL, NY — “Collaboration” represented the theme of the day at the 185th Annual Meeting & Agricultural Forum of the New York State Agricultural Society recently. One of the day’s panel discussions, “Fostering Collaborations Through Educational Institutions”, certainly continued the motif as leaders from educational organizations shared their thoughts. [Read more…]
Lauren Arbogast is the perfect example to counter the phrase “you have to grow up in Ag to be good at it.”
“I grew up in the city in Newport News,” said Lauren, now living in Rockingham County. “If you would have asked me about agriculture and farming, I couldn’t have told you the first thing about it. [Read more…]
WEYERS CAVE, VA — The farm to table movement has arisen out of consumers’ growing interest in the provenance of their food, as well as the desire of farmers and producers to build and contribute to a new, more locally based food system.
The roots of this phenomenon go back decades, but there is no doubt the trend has reached a new kind of prominence in the last few years. [Read more…]
It may be mid-winter, but caterpillars were the topic of a December grower meeting held in North Scituate, RI. The event was held at Knight Farm Café and was sponsored by the University of Rhode Island’s Risk Management and Crop Insurance program.
University of Massachusetts Agricultural Risk Management Specialists Paul Russell and Tom Smiarowski provided updates on new crop insurance options and disaster relief programs available for fruit growers affected by the April 2016 freeze and the later-season drought conditions. [Read more…]
Good news out of Vermont: “Big Bertha,” the anaerobic digester at Vermont Technical College, is fully operational. The digester is utilizing cow manure and food waste to create electricity. It receives a diet of brewery waste, from two of Vermont’s local breweries, along with food waste and cow manure from Vermont farms, glycerol by-product from biodiesel production, leaves, and paper waste. It then sends power to the electric grid. [Read more…]
There’s a new buzz word in the health food market and that is MapleMama. MapleMama Craft Maple Spritzers are easy to hold in your hand, are only 70 calories, and contain their signature bite that stimulates the wow factor.
“I like it best when people make ‘the face’; their eyes open wide and they say ‘wow’. I love that,” said founder Joe Laur of Wendell, MA. [Read more…]