Dr. Joseph Elkinton of the University of Massachusetts and the Department of Environmental Conservation has extensively studied the non-native insect, the gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar). He was one of the guest speakers at the Invasive Insect Certification Program for Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forest Pests provided by UMass Extension in late February. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
The entire state of Massachusetts is quarantined for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in an effort to stop its spread, pursuant to USDA-APHIS Federal Regulation -7 CFR, 301.53. The full state quarantine regulation took effect on Feb. 9, 2015. [Read more…]
Air emissions from livestock farms can cause animal and human health concerns which typically impact the immediate farm surrounds, but do not occur in high enough concentration to be of health concerns off-farm. But when emissions, such as particulate matter and ammonia, settle out of the air, impact to the soil and water occurs. [Read more…]
Jack Kitteridge, policy director of Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts, works hard to keep carbon in the soil on his New England farm.
He was a panel speaker at the NOFA-NJ Winter Conference in late January. His expertise in the field was illustrated by a monograph on carbon sequestration in 2015. [Read more…]
Among the most important employees on livestock farms are traditionally the herding dogs.
The bumper sticker that reads “My Border Collie is smarter than your honor student,” is popular and, according to farmers, true. [Read more…]
Trade growth and enhanced commerce have aided many invasive organisms in their spread to new ecosystems.
Human mediated introduction is the way invasive insects and pathogens have entered and continue to enter the U.S. Ninety percent of the recent wood-boring insects arrived in the U.S. via solid wood packaging, or dunnage, and 70 percent of all damaging invasive insects have entered through agricultural shipments. Larvae can survive for months or years inside wooden dunnage or spools. [Read more…]
In the 30th anniversary year of Community Supported Agriculture, Elizabeth Henderson of Peacework Organic CSA in Wayne County, NY, and other long-time CSA farmers decided to draw up a charter to provide a definition of Community Supported Agriculture. [Read more…]
Dr. Troy Ott is Associate Director of the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences at Penn State’s main campus in State College. As a reproductive biologist, he studies dairy cow fertility. “I’m going to give you sort of a history lesson…because things are moving fast, and whenever things move fast people tend to get alarmed by that, and they get caught off-guard.” [Read more…]