Conservation planning in organic livestock systems

by Tamara Scully

Conservation planners may not be familiar with working with certified organic livestock producers, and may harbor misconceptions about organic farming. Yet conservation planning and organic livestock farming share the same foundation: to preserve natural resources and promote biodiversity. [Read more…]

New methods of vaccine production on the horizon

CEW-MR-1-VACCINES1by George Looby, DMV

Animal agriculture has long relied on the addition of antibiotics to increase feed efficiency and to aid in the control of low grade intestinal infections, especially in young animals. This practice has come under increased scrutiny in recent years as the human population has had to contend with the development of so-called super bugs which are resistant to conventional antibiotic therapy. [Read more…]

Frankenfield says ‘Tell your story’

CM-MR-1-GMO_06171by Steve Wagner

Taking center stage at the 2015 edition of Farming for Success, Andrew Frankenfield with the Penn State Extension, is also a produce grower. Frankenfield told those in attendance, “My customers want to know — ‘Is this Bt sweet corn or Monsanto sweet corn?’” After seven years, this is the first year he is actually not growing Bt sweet corn because, as he says, technology isn’t as effective any more and the seed is nearly twice as much. [Read more…]

Maintaining a legacy at Spring Pond Farms

CW-MR-3-Spring-pond61161by Alex Huebner

For the Kriese family at Spring Pond Farms, raising beef cattle is an indelible part of their history. John Kriese, the current owner of Spring Pond Farm II, has been raising Herefords on his own since his grandfather gave him one as a gift back in 1970. His sister Kim Mullenix is the Extension Specialist for Beef Cattle at Auburn University in Alabama. His daughter, Kate, is established in the beef showing world in New York State, winning multiple Grand Champion 4-H awards for her Hereford heifers. [Read more…]

Boosting plum production in Maine

CN-GO-RP-1-ME-PLUMS-011ORONO, ME — University of Maine researchers are working to bring locally grown plums to farm stands around the state.
The two-year project, funded by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, is identifying suitable plum varieties for Maine’s climate that would help diversify the state’s apple farms. [Read more…]