New York Beef farmer receives National Grassfed Award

CEW-MR-2-Grassfed award2by Troy Bishopp

BERLIN, NY — At the sixth annual 2014 National GrassFed Exchange meeting in Columbia, MO, New York State’s own grazing advocate and beef farmer, Morgan Hartman of Black Queen Angus Farm in Berlin, NY coveted the prestigious Innovative Producer of the Year Award.

The theme of the conference and of the awards was land stewardship, providing consumers with healthy food products and helping others. Four hundred people from 40 states and three provinces of Canada applauded as Morgan graciously accepted his award, honoring him for making a difference in forage based agriculture. [Read more…]

Agricultural mediation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAby Sanne Kure-Jensen

Agricultural mediation programs can significantly reduce resolution costs and personal angst for conflicts between agricultural producers, their creditors, neighbors or others directly affected. Benefits of mediation include significant savings over litigation, bankruptcy hearings and administrative appeals. Mediation can help repair relationships between parties, while the traditional legal process often leaves all parties financially burdened and emotionally drained. [Read more…]

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…]