Lynn Cherish is one of those people who not only join the farming community but who also become part of the warp and weft of that community. In weaving, the warp is the tightly stretched lengthwise core of a fabric, while the weft is woven between the warp threads to create various patterns. The various undeniable responsibilities of the farming world are the warp threads and the weft is what humans do to create the pattern of interaction, community and assistance that makes farming more like a family than merely a difficult and time consuming job. [Read more…]
Andrew Younker from Fleetwood, Berks Co. and his five-year-old Jersey cow, Milk & Honey Minister Shirley, won Supreme Champion Dairy Cow honors at the 101st PA Farm Show in Harrisburg, PA. This was the first time that Younker competed at the PA show after having competed in dairy events in Wisconsin and Louisville, KY in the past. Younker’s win came after a time of careful deliberation among judges because the initial outcome of the judging ended in a tie between the Jersey and the Red and White cows. [Read more…]
On Jan. 17, the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) announced that former U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will join the organization as president and CEO, effective Feb. 1, 2017. USDEC is a non-profit, independent organization that seeks to enhance the global demand for U.S. dairy products and ingredients. [Read more…]
Lauren Arbogast is the perfect example to counter the phrase “you have to grow up in Ag to be good at it.”
“I grew up in the city in Newport News,” said Lauren, now living in Rockingham County. “If you would have asked me about agriculture and farming, I couldn’t have told you the first thing about it. [Read more…]
WEYERS CAVE, VA — The farm to table movement has arisen out of consumers’ growing interest in the provenance of their food, as well as the desire of farmers and producers to build and contribute to a new, more locally based food system.
The roots of this phenomenon go back decades, but there is no doubt the trend has reached a new kind of prominence in the last few years. [Read more…]
by Katie Navarra
Each year Cucurbit Downy Mildew (CDM) causes severe yield loss in northeast pumpkin, squash, melon and cucumber crops. Understanding the origin of the pathogen and the conditions that encourage its spread can help farmers better prepare for and contain the spread of CDM in their fields.
The webinar, Managing Cucurbit Downy Mildew in Organic Systems in the Northeast, featured Christine Smart from Cornell University’s School of Integrative Plant Science. During the hour-long webinar, Smart offers methods for controlling CDM. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
Whether or not the Farmer’s Almanac is accurate, we can count on at least several stretches of extreme cold on the east coast this winter. Those who work outside are usually prepared for cold, but it’s easy to go outside for what seems to be a simple chore and become caught in severe weather for an extended period of time. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
The final rule for the veterinary feed directive (VFD) became effective on Jan. 1, 2017, and many producers are still unsure of how it works, which drugs are affected and how to obtain drugs that now fall under the directive. [Read more…]