A young dairy farmer turned on the agitator for an open-air manure pit just as he had likely done many times in the past. But this time was different. The air was still and a dense fog covered the area, holding the manure gasses close to the ground. With no air movement and steady inhalation of manure gasses emitted while agitating the pit, the man was quickly overcome by the toxic fumes. He died, as did a group of cattle in the same area. [Read more…]
BURLINGTON, VT – Wendy Sorrell, the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H livestock educator, is the Vermont recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA).
Sorrell received the award on July 27 at a special banquet at the NACAA’s annual meeting and professional improvement conference in Little Rock, AR. The award was presented to her by Cynthia Gregg, president of NACAA. [Read more…]
Trying to do too much too fast will put you behind your goal, not ahead of it.
Taking a shortcut to complete a task or get somewhere in a hurry, only to have it take longer is an example of why cutting corners rarely pays off. This is important to understand when conditioning a horse for the demands of trail riding. [Read more…]
After he retired from military service, Jerry Ireland thought he was going to leave the rest of the world behind and do his own thing. But four years after starting a farm in Belfast, Maine, Ireland says that the farm is becoming an example for other veterans. And as someone who had never farmed a day in his life, Ireland says although the agricultural life isn’t easy, anyone who wants to can do it. [Read more…]
Elvin Ranck, a Mifflintown, Juniata County farmer, says when he started switching from conventional farming methods to organic, it was 1986. Ranck was the lead-off speaker at the two-day Organic Valley/Organic Prairie/CROPP Cooperative ‘Balancing for Profit’ Agronomy School. At that time, he said, he never thought that Pennsylvania would be supporting organic like they are today. [Read more…]
The well-attended show took place at the Caledonia County Fairgrounds in Lyndonville with more than 60 youths, ages 11 to 18, from 11 counties showing dairy animals. University of Vermont (UVM) Extension organized the event, which also included a team clipping competition and grilled cheese-making contest. [Read more…]
Note: It is clearly too late in the season to correct nutrient deficiencies, thinking about these things now can help us to be more aware, thoughtful, and proactive next year.
A farmer called several weeks ago and said that his corn was looking ‘striped.’ The agronomic jargon for that condition is ‘interveinal chlorosis.’ Indeed, it was faintly, yet distinctly exhibiting those symptoms. [Read more…]
FREEPORT, ME – The Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Tom Vilsack, recently announced that Wolfe’s Neck Farm Foundation, Inc. (WNF) has been awarded a three-year grant totaling $573,256 to support expansion of its Organic Dairy Farmer Training Program to other farms throughout the region. This grant is coming from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. [Read more…]