National Angus Convention and Trade Show: This week in KC

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Cattlemen from around the country are gathering in Kansas City, Mo., this week for the first-ever Angus Means Business National Convention and Trade Show. Hosted by the American Angus Association®, the convention will be held Nov. 4-6 at the KCI Expo Center, just minutes from the airport. The Association is also opening its doors today, Nov. 3, for a homecoming tour and special ribbon cutting to commemorate the Angus Foundation’s “Building an Angus Legacy Project.” [Read more…]

Winners announced for Vermont 4-H pumpkin trial

CN-RP-3-VTPumpkin1BURLINGTON, VT — The results are in from the Vermont 4-H Pumpkin Trial weigh-ins on Oct. 11, with the heaviest pumpkin in the trials hailing from Beebe Plain.

The pumpkin trial, which was sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H, was open to all Vermont kids, ages five to 18, who wanted to grow giant pumpkins. Participants were given “mystery” seeds in mid-April to plant. Some choose to start their seeds indoors while others direct seeded into the garden when the danger of frost was past. [Read more…]

Clowdis brothers try their hand at organic tobacco

CM-MR-2-Clowdis-1bby Karl H. Kazaks

SAXE, VA — It’s been several years since the Clowdis brothers raised tobacco — and this year was the first time they grew organic tobacco — but Zach and Rob are glad to be growing leaf again.

“I like it,” said Zach. “We used to raise dark tobacco. Organic is more labor intensive — everything has to be hand-pulled — and there’s a whole lot more paperwork.”

“We never used the bunk barns before,” said Rob. “We’re still learning.”

Knowing when to adjust the temperatures in a curing barn — not letting it get too cold and sweat, not letting it get too hot and scald — “takes a while getting used to,” Zach said. “I go more by feel than anything.” [Read more…]