Northeast Pasture Consortium accentuates the power of grass

2020-02-24T16:41:13-05:00February 24, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

FAIRLEE, VT – With millions of acres of pastureland and hay crops, the wise use and management of grasslands and forage systems to power the Northeast economy, regenerate agriculture, feed the populace and provide ecosystem services is immense. These humble sods contain opportunities to improve agriculture sustainability while solving many climate resiliency and food sovereignty issues. However, the quiet grass needs some PR now and then to accentuate the positives. (more…)

Mitigating social stress in dairy cattle

2020-02-24T16:36:31-05:00February 14, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Stress studies in humans clearly show social environment stressors are among the most serious stressors we face. Factors such as a low socio-economic status or not having a good social support network can have a major impact on our health, and caregivers often experience social stress. Many aspects of what has been learned about human stress can be applied to livestock. (more…)

How to host a farm school for adults

2020-02-14T16:44:13-05:00February 10, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

For most adults, the schooldays may be long gone; however, some want to learn more about how farms operate. That’s why hosting a farm school can help you educate others while creating an additional revenue stream. Paul Dorrance, owner of Pastured Providence Farmstead in Chillicothe, Ohio, and Karen Kopf, owner of Kopf Canyon Ranch in Troy, Idaho, presented “Host a Farm School for Adults” as a recent webinar. (more…)

How farmers can deal with nagging knee pain

2020-02-10T16:25:38-05:00February 10, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Whether a farmer or not, aches and pains creep up on us all. Very often, those maladies manifest as knee pain – and trying to work while one (or two) of your most important joints isn’t working correctly can cause serious problems. Ned Stoller, with Michigan AgrAbility and founder of Disability Work Tools, recently presented “Working with Knee Pain in Agriculture” at this year’s Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo. (more…)

Chaney wins Grand Champion CAC in Denver

2020-02-10T14:23:29-05:00February 10, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Rebecca Long Chaney

DENVER – It was a great day on the hill here for Sheridan Chaney and her Red Angus steer Milo at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS). The Elwood, NE, 16-year-old’s dream came true Jan. 12 when she was named the NWSS Catch-a-Calf (CAC) Grand Champion. Chaney is formerly of Thurmont, MD. (more…)

Offering kids’ camp brings farms revenue

2020-02-03T10:32:10-05:00February 3, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Parents seeking daycare and summertime educational enrichment crave more options for their children. That’s where farms seeking an additional revenue stream can offer day camping. But it takes some preparation before farmers can open their acres to eager young campers. Food Animal Concerns Trust presented “Planning Ahead for Farm Camps for Kids” as a recent webinar. Samantha Gasson, co-owner of Bull City Farm in Rougemont, NC, and Ana Skemp, co-owner of Deep Roots Community Farm, presented. (more…)

More problems with backyard flocks

2020-02-03T10:20:29-05:00February 3, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by George Looby

There are few sights more wholesome than a flock of hens busily scratching around in a backyard setting. It is somewhat disturbing to learn, however, that tranquil picture may have real problems just under the surface. Dan Flynn reported in Food Safety News that all but one U.S. state has reported outbreaks of Salmonella attributed to contact with backyard flocks. (more…)