New England Farm Weekly

Winter feeding strategies

cn-mr-53-1-winter-feeding-strategiesby Tamara Scully

“More cows doesn’t always mean more profit,” Victor Shelton, Grazing Specialist and Agronomist with NRCS, said. “It is due to increased cost, increased input, to maintain that number. More moderate stocking rates, usually are more profitable.”

Shelton discussed the relationship between carrying capacity, stocking rates, and winter-feeding costs in a recent webinar, “Alternative Stewardship Strategies for Winter Feeding.” [Read more…]

USDA designates Massachusetts Counties as primary natural disaster areas

cn-mr-19-1-usda-designates-maFarms in designated counties now eligible for financial assistance

BOSTON, MA – Under a recent declaration made by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 11 Massachusetts counties have been designated as primary natural disaster areas and three counties as contiguous natural disaster area counties due to crop losses, particularly of tree fruits like peaches, caused by frost and freeze occurring between February and May. [Read more…]

Agritourism ~ Can you get a five-star rating with your business?

cn-mr-agritourism-cs-copyby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Autumn is the time of year many farms and orchards open their doors for farm tours, pick your own apples and pumpkins, farm days and other events.

A recent webinar provided by the University of California Small Farm Program in partnership with FarmsReach featured speakers Scottie Jones, Director of the U.S. Farm Stay Association, and Meghan Bishop-Sanderson of Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm, advising producers on how to get that coveted five-star rating. [Read more…]