New England Farm Weekly

Llamas at the Big E

cn-mr-33-1-llamas-at-bigeby Laura Rodley

Visitors might have thought they had been magically transported to Peru or Bolivia when they entered the llama barn at the Big E. After all, the Big E is the Disneyland of animals and livestock. Llamas and alpacas of all shades and their young were in abundance and being cared for by their owners, being readied for showing. Rather than the llamas guarding their livestock, some owners slept in sleeping bags guarding their llamas. [Read more…]

USDA launches new apprenticeship program targeting veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Oct. 3, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the start of a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jobs program that will use the national apprenticeship system to hire new employees as agricultural commodity graders, a key role in USDA’s mission to protect American consumers. The new program will also serve as a way to increase jobs for U.S. veterans. [Read more…]

Drought conditions continue for large portions of Commonwealth, Western Region

cn-tm-48-1-ma-drought-statIncreased to Drought Watch, monitoring of water resources to continue, water conservation by public necessary

BOSTON, MA – With large portions of Massachusetts continuing to experience rainfall amounts remaining below average for a seventh straight month, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton declared the following drought levels throughout the Commonwealth: a Drought Warning for the Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeast and Southeast Massachusetts, unchanged for the Central, Northeast and Southeast Regions and up from a Drought Watch for the Connecticut River Valley in September; and a Drought Watch for the Cape and Islands and Western Massachusetts, up from a Drought Advisory  for Western Massachusetts and unchanged for the Cape and Islands in September. [Read more…]

You can save a life

cew-mr-3-grain-bin-rescue8993by Bill and Mary Weaver

Becoming trapped in a grain bin is fatal over half the time. What you decide to do in the first 10 minutes after finding someone trapped may save a life. If you decide to do the wrong things, you may just make the situation worse. [Read more…]

Maine Day at the “Big E” draws a record crowd

cn-rp-12-3-maine-day21WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA – Maine Day at “New England’s Largest Fair” attracted a record crowds and celebrated its 100th anniversary promoting agriculture, education, industry, family entertainment and traditions that are part of New England’s heritage. [Read more…]