The Woodbury FFA Alumni and Parent Support Group recently held its 15th annual Agriscience College and Career Fair at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, CT. Over 150 current students, parents and graduates attended the College and Career Fair. The purpose of the event was to inform current Agriscience students about the many outstanding agricultural college programs available to them upon high school graduation, and to introduce them to a wide variety of agricultural careers they can pursue as their future occupation. [Read more…]
Ben Warfield has been raising cattle for quite a while, and like many other young cattlemen, he got his start in 4-H. “I started when I was 10,” he said, adding that his father JG is also involved with the Marriottsville, MD cattle operation. “I raised breeding heifers and market steers, and I also had breeding and market hogs and market lambs.”
Raising and exhibiting a variety of livestock paid off well for Ben, who landed a spot on the Maryland state livestock judging team. “Our team was in the top three at the national contest so we won a trip to Europe,” he said. “We went to England, France, Germany and Belgium. In Belgium, we stayed with host families for several days.” The host farm where Ben stayed raised Belgian Blue cattle, which he says are very heavy-muscled and very lean. [Read more…]
It is fall roundup time, and cattle feeders are paying ever-higher prices for placements in the face of a bumper crop of corn, coupled with the smallest calf crop coming to market in at least five decades.
As of July 1, the U.S. All Cattle and Calf Inventory (beef and dairy) was 95 million head — down 3 percent from last year and the lowest since 1973. There were fewer cattle of all classes, except a 1 percent increase in milk cow numbers. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
Farmers are presented with an ever-increasing array of technology aimed at making them better at what they already do. Those who choose to incorporate technology in the field can expect better yields and profits.
“Crop technology hinges on GPS,” said Dr. Robert Nielsen, professor of agronomy at Purdue University. “It’s the driver of everything we do in precision ag.” Nielsen says equipment control, monitoring of equipment, spatial data and GIS software to manage the spatial data are also important components. [Read more…]
“It’s time to ditch the rule!” said New York Farm Bureau State Associate Director of Public Policy and National Affairs, Elizabeth Wolters, who spoke at an annual October Farm Bureau meeting.
Wolters joined NYFB District 8 Director Dean Casey to inform attendees about updates on important issues concerning farmers across the state. Standing out among those issues was the proposed regulation by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expanding its regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to include the power to dictate use of land decisions and farming practices, in or near puddles, ponds, ditches, isolated wetlands and land that floods during heavy rain — but is normally dry. The rule would cause more difficulties to farmers who need to change farming operations to remain profitable. [Read more…]