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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
Proposed changes to the National Organic Program Livestock and Poultry Practices are open for a recently extended comment period, which now closes on July 13, 2016. There are new revisions covering animal welfare and health practices, requirements for outdoor access and living standards for mammals as well as poultry, and new regulations for transport and slaughter. Anyone involved in organic production is encouraged to understand the new proposals, and to provide comments for consideration. [Read more…]
RICHMOND, VA — Seven separate Salmonella outbreaks across 35 states have sickened more than 300 people—19 in Virginia—in the first four months of 2016 and are ongoing. All of the outbreaks are a result of live poultry in backyard flocks. [Read more…]
The Dairy Industry Professional Roundtable met at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center last month to discuss the title topic. Jayne Sebright, the Communications Director at Center for Dairy Excellence for 10 years, served on this occasion as Executive Director. She has since been officially named as the permanent replacement. “The recent transition at the center has provided the opportunity to reaffirm our charge to support individual dairy farm businesses and empower the broader dairy industry,” she said. “We are looking forward to sharing an update on the center’s strengthened partnerships while learning from those who attend how our resources can provide the most value to the industry.” [Read more…]