2016 Championship Skid Steer Rodeo won by Mitchell Stinespring

cm-mr-19-4-Skid-steer-rodeo1by Jon M. Casey

The 2016 Country Folks Championship Skid Steer Rodeo at the Virginia Farm Show, was sponsored by the Virginia Farm Bureau and Young, Nicholas, Branner & Phillips, LLP an accounting firm located in Harrisonburg, VA. With fifteen competitors competing for cash and trophies on six skid loaders, this year’s competition found several new names at the top of the winner’s list. When the dust settled, Mitchell Stinespring walked away as this year’s Champion. [Read more…]

Goat meat featured at 100th PA Farm Show

CM-37-1-Goat-meat-feature1dby T.W. Burger

According to the U.S. Extension Service, goat meat has been making inroads into the U.S. market for some time. That fact was hammered home at the 100th running of the Pennsylvania State Farm Show this January in Harrisburg.

For the first time ever, goat meat was featured in the show’s food court, served as a mild, slightly sweet blend of ground meat and taco sauce in a dish called “Walking Goat Tacos.”

Volunteers at the stand reported the treat was selling well. One member of the state meat goat association said the meat was “practically selling out every day.”  [Read more…]

The new farmers

CN-33-4-The-new-farmers41by Laura Rodley

Atherton Farm

Santa Claus had some flying competition in Buckland, MA in 2015. The wreaths that farmer Susan Atherton made by hand out of materials from her farm flew off the wreath stand faster than Santa Claus can fly across the sky.

“They fly right out of here. My friend made my display so you can see it from the road,” said Atherton, and customers pull right into her driveway, to be met first by her friendly large dog Oso.   As with all items offered by farmers, there is a lot of preparation involved. She started making the wreaths on November 1. Her personal favorite was the wreath that she decorated with variety of strawflowers grown in her garden.   Her natural wreath, which featured milkweed pods and milkweed fluff, was very popular. [Read more…]

Berkshire Gilt takes the Supreme Champion Swine Award at the 2016 PA Farm Show

CM-RP-16-6-Swine61HARRISBURG, PA – The Supreme Champion Bred Gilt was awarded to the Berkshire gilt ALIJ Amy 4-4 owned by Ronald and Luke States from Rossiter, Indiana County, on Saturday, January 9, at the 2016 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Judge Ken Lane of Spragueville, Iowa, complimented each of the exhibitors, commending them for presenting an excellent set of 110 gilts. Following the selection of the supreme champion, the bred gilts were auctioned by longtime show volunteer Harry H. Bachman, Annville, Lebanon County. [Read more…]

2016 Keystone Farm Show is “Stellar” this year!

CDM-PP-Keystone-DSC_87021by Jon M. Casey

This year’s Keystone Farm Show, the 19th annual “Farm Show for Farmers” held Jan 5-7, was by far the biggest and best show yet. Some would say it was “Stellar!” With more than 400 exhibitors filling every venue available at the York Fairgrounds in York, PA, attendees were able to shop both indoors and out, because this year’s mild and sunny weather was most accommodating as it welcomed farmers from Pennsylvania and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic states. Venues for the vendor’s displays included eight permanent buildings and a heated 200-foot long tent (for the second year), along with a number of outdoor exhibits strategically placed around the show campus. Show manager, Ken Maring, said the response for exhibit space has been so encouraging that the show staff is considering adding a second heated tent for the 2017 Keystone Farm Show. [Read more…]