Agritourism: Protecting public health, animal health and your farm

cn-mr-54-2-agritourism-panelby George Looby, DVM

Matters relating to agritourism and its multiple issues were the topic of a conference held late August at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT.

Dr. Bruce Sherman, Director of the Bureau of Regulation and Inspection organized the meeting in response to an outbreak that occurred in March on a Lebanon, CT goat farm where 50 visitors became ill after visiting the facility. [Read more…]

Triple Creek Dairy ~ very much a family farm

CE-MR-2-Triple-Creek-Dairy1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“There are three trout streams that run through our farm property,” remarked 3rd generation dairyman Richard Skoda. “So, Grandpa came up with Triple Creek for the farm name.”

Richard’s grandfather, John Skoda, bought the West Taghkanic- Churchtown, NY, property, establishing the dairy in 1922. He milked 20 head the good old-fashioned way. [Read more…]

Good soil fertility means good crops

CW-MR-2-Good-soil-fertility659by Steve Wagner

“The physical characteristics of soil and the biological characteristics are every bit as important as fertility.” This was expressed by Soils Agronomist Mark Kopecky of the CROPP Cooperative during the first day of a two-day agronomy school at the Bird-in Hand Family Inn in Lancaster County Pennsylvania this summer. [Read more…]

Tractor rollovers, overturns and back flips

CE-MR-3-Tractor-rollovers1-by Bill and Mary Weaver

The list of events causing tractor fatalities in Pennsylvania for a recent five-year period is mind numbing in its repetition of rollovers, overturns, rollbacks and backflips, but each statistic represented a tragic loss of an irreplaceable family member or friend. Stunningly, about 70 percent of the deaths could have been avoided if the tractor had been equipped with a roll bar alone, (for folks who won’t wear seat belts), and 99 percent of the victims would still be alive and have escaped serious injury if they had used a roll bar plus a seat belt. [Read more…]