Judi Smith and her family are pretty busy right now. This is crunch time for all five turkey houses on their three-generation family farm that work in conjunction with the family business of processing for the Hillside Turkey Farms Store in the not so small town of Thurmont, MD, a town that has worked to maintain its friendly small town identity. [Read more…]
Dairy farmers know the importance of colostrum to the newborn calf, and well-managed farms have established protocol for ensuring calves have adequate colostrum within hours of birth.
“Colostrum management is the most important thing you do with an animal in their life,” said Dr. Jud Heinrichs, professor of dairy science at Penn State University. “What you do in the first two hours of their life has huge implications.” [Read more…]
The largest farm equipment and service provider trade show in Pennsylvania is back and bigger than ever. The Keystone Farm Show returns for its 20th year Jan. 10-12, 2017 at the York Fairgrounds in York, PA.
New this year is another expansion of the show to a new building. Last year saw the addition of the Expansion Building (Building #9) that featured the show’s first farm toy exhibit. This area allowed both collectors and traders to shop, swap and showcase their extensive farm toy collections. [Read more…]
Alexis Eudy is fourth generation beef cattle farmer who did more than just grow up in the cattle industry — she’s working to make it better. Alexis explains the history of the farm she calls home today: Her great grandfather Robert Rhyne started the farm, Rhyneland Farms in Harrisburg, NC, then her grandfather Robert Rhyne Jr. took over. Alexis credits her grandfather for developing the operation to what it is today. [Read more…]
DOSWELL, VA — The Oct. 1 State Fair of Virginia Youth Livestock Sale of Champions raised $73,875 to support the fair’s long-standing commitment to youth.
“The Sale of Champions not only helps fund the fair’s scholarship program but also affords an opportunity to showcase the hard work and achievement of our youth livestock exhibitors,” said Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe, the fair’s executive director. “More than 300 young people exhibited livestock at the 2016 fair, and we believe the skills they develop while raising and showing animals will serve them—and Virginia agriculture—for years to come.” [Read more…]
It takes a lot to distract attention in North Carolina in October from the state fair. But this year, Hurricane Matthew managed to do it. By the time that the fairgrounds had been cleared of debris and the fair opened, five days after Matthew had struck on Oct. 8, the evidence of the storm was largely gone in Raleigh.
But to the east, downstream flooding had brought farming and indeed most normal commerce to a halt, and the water problems were still going on when the fair closed on Oct. 23. [Read more…]
Cliff Hawbaker is a sixth generation dairy farmer, and after trying just about everything as he built his dairy business, he and his wife Maggie have settled on what works best for them.
The Hawbakers recently hosted a tour for the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA) at their farm, Hamilton Heights Dairy, in Chambersburg, PA. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
According to the results of the Organic Farming Research Foundation’s 2016 National Organic Research Agenda, weed control was rated as a top concern of 67 percent of the certified organic farmers in the United States. The primary concern, cited by 74 percent, was soil health, quality and nutrient management.
Optimizing the soil ecosystem helps to manage weeds: the two are implicitly linked. [Read more…]