Carrollton Hounds Spook Proofing Clinic is a hit

CM-MR-30-3-Carrollton-Hounds9160by Hope Holland

June 18 dawned sunny and hot at Plum Creek Farm in Littlestown, PA for the Carrollton Hounds Spook Proofing Clinic. There were balloons on poles of the parallel jump fences that were set up to be a walk-through obstacle, a giant Nemo the fish balloon on the top rail of the fence by the chicken pen and a bubble machine floating large bubbles into the air at a good rate while waiting for the clinic participants to arrive at the final field of obstacles. [Read more…]

Fly control on organic dairy operations

by Katie Navarra

Without fail, flies arrive with summer heat and increased grazing time. Controlling flies is a common management issue among farmers, especially organic farmers who have fewer options for control. In a webinar hosted by eExtension and eOrganic, Roger Moon, Ph.D. and Brad Heins, Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, discuss two control options that were researched at the university through a project funded by the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative.

Before a method of control can be established, you have to know your enemies. Flies originate from different places and cause specific problems. When asked to name flies, most people first list mosquitoes, horse flies, black flies and biting gnats. [Read more…]

Lebanon County’s soybean Chronicle

CM-MR-26-3-MUSSER0542by Steve Wagner

There was a time when farmers in Lebanon County didn’t grow soybeans. “At that time, Penn State said, ‘you can’t raise beans around here; it won’t work,’” said Samuel Musser of Triple-M-Farms. “But my dad raised some soybeans and we baled it like hay. There weren’t many combines then, so we baled this stuff and big stems were sticking out. But it wasn’t much.” At the time, Musser’s fellow farmer, Mark Hershey, “was buying soybeans out of the west and cooking them. They were probably railed in; nobody seemed to know where he was getting them.” [Read more…]

Small-scale biogas systems for farm and homestead: Hands-on

KIMBERTON, PA — The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), in partnership with the Dickinson College Farm, Solar CITIES Inc., and Omega-Alpha Recycling Systems will be hosting a Farmer-to-Farmer Field Day event on small-scale biogas on Saturday, July 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The field day will be hosted at the Dickinson College Farm in Boiling Springs, PA. [Read more…]

Georges Mill: No regrets

CM-33-3-George's-Mill-1by Karl H. Kazaks

LOVETTESVILLE, VA — When Molly Kroiz and her husband Sam moved to his family farm in Loudon County, it was clear what they were going to do.

“I wanted to make cheese,” Molly said, who had previously done so on a home-scale basis.

This would be different, though: a commercial-scale business on a farm for a couple who had never farmed before. [Read more…]