The recipe for starting a farm

CN-41-4-The-Recipe-44712by Laura Rodley  

Farming requires teamwork, physical strength, chutzpah and a daily, if not hourly, gram of patience. Elissa Miller and her husband Phillip’s teamwork extended from Kansas to Connecticut as he looked for a farm for them to relocate to from Kansas last year.

While starting his new role as a Director for Brooks Brothers, his farm search took him further and further north until he found 40 acres on what used to be a working farm until the 1960’s, in Orange, MA. [Read more…]

Healthy keys to chicken success

CN-MR-1-Chicken-success1by Paul Burdziakowski

Having a small flock of chickens is a growing trend in countries around the world. Country folks are not the only ones taking up this hobby. Many cities are relaxing their laws and ordinances when it comes to owning chickens so urban dwellers are now a part of this phenomenon.

When it comes to knowledge on topic of poultry professor Michael Darre of the University of Connecticut is one of the top experts in all of New England. Darre holds a PH.D. in Environmental Animal Physiology and has taught introductory poultry courses at Connecticut’s most esteemed university since 1981. In addition Darre is also the lead Cooperative Extension poultry specialist for the New England area. Being a part of the Extension allows Darre to work closely with professionals in the commercial poultry industry as well as children who are involved in programs such as 4-H. [Read more…]

Inaugural fiber certification workshops

CEW-MR-2-Fiber-sorting2qby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Once again, SUNY Cobleskill, known for their innovative programs and workshops, has led the way for the agricultural community by launching the first certificate program for Fiber Sorting, Grading and Classing offered in the United States.

Linda Serdy, Program Coordinator at SUNY Cobleskill’s Office of Professional and Continuing Education (PACE), explained how the program came about. “Last spring Associate Professor Jason Evans was introduced to Wini Labrecque, Certified Camelid Fiber Grader/Sorter/Classer through Olds College in Canada,” explained Serdy. “Wini was looking for an educational institution in the U.S. through which she and other fiber grading/sorting educators could establish a training program that would ultimately lead to a more effective fiber grading system in the United States. The Office of Professional and Continuing Education at SUNY Cobleskill agreed to sponsor the training and develop a Fiber Grading, Sorting, Classing certificate program.” [Read more…]

Dairy goat management

Herd health program for dairy goats

An effective animal health program is an essential part of a successful dairy goat management program. Good feeding and breeding will not result in maximum production if goats are not kept in good health.

Since each herd is different, you should work with a veterinarian to create a herd health plan. Keep good records for each animal regarding medications, vaccinations, dewormers, injuries, production, breeding, and culling. Use this information to plan your herd health program. Prevention with a good herd health plan is usually less expensive than treating disease. [Read more…]

Global food security ~ Part 3

CDM-MR-45-2-Global-food-pt3-11“We can do it better than anyone else.”

by Steve Wagner

Dr. Janelle Larson is a Professor of Agricultural Economics at Penn State, as well as a Rhodes Scholar with an Oxford Education. She has had a hand in sweet potato production in Ghana; and a grant received by Penn State is being used to look at the potential of horticulture for women in Honduras with both an empowerment and nutrition focus. Horticulture in Cambodia with a focus on rice production is another project on the agenda.

Larson says the problem can’t be solved without focusing on small-scale agriculture. Whereas farming in the U.S. is often conglomerate or large-scale family operations, 84 percent of family farms globally are smaller than five acres. Larson thinks that has to be the jump-off point. Noting problems in the U.S., she says they are exacerbated in the developing world: access to credit, access to market. [Read more…]