Woodbury FFA members win national awards

CN-RP-22-2-Woodbury-FFAAmy Pruner of Newtown, and Joshua Goldwag of Woodbury, members of the Woodbury FFA Chapter at the Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience and Technology Program at Nonnewaug High School, were recently named National Finalists for the National FFA Proficiency Award Program. [Read more…]

Don’t let your guard down

CE-MN-MR-47-1-Open-manure1601by Sally Colby

A young dairy farmer turned on the agitator for an open-air manure pit just as he had likely done many times in the past. But this time was different. The air was still and a dense fog covered the area, holding the manure gasses close to the ground. With no air movement and steady inhalation of manure gasses emitted while agitating the pit, the man was quickly overcome by the toxic fumes. He died, as did a group of cattle in the same area. [Read more…]

State 4-H livestock educator earns Distinguished Service Award

CN-RP-14-1--State4-imgBURLINGTON, VT – Wendy Sorrell, the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H livestock educator, is the Vermont recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA).

Sorrell received the award on July 27 at a special banquet at the NACAA’s annual meeting and professional improvement conference in Little Rock, AR. The award was presented to her by Cynthia Gregg, president of NACAA. [Read more…]

Farmer-Veteran Coalition boosts beginning farmers in Maine

CN-MR-48-3-Farmer-Veteran3by Sally Colby

After he retired from military service, Jerry Ireland thought he was going to leave the rest of the world behind and do his own thing. But four years after starting a farm in Belfast, Maine, Ireland says that the farm is becoming an example for other veterans. And as someone who had never farmed a day in his life, Ireland says although the agricultural life isn’t easy, anyone who wants to can do it. [Read more…]

Youths compete for championships at annual state 4-H Dairy Show

CN-RP-24-2-state-4-H-dairy-show-duoLYNDONVILLE, VT — Several 4-H’ers came away from the State 4-H Dairy Show, Aug. 15, as champions, earning rosette ribbons in fitting and showmanship and conformation contests.

The well-attended show took place at the Caledonia County Fairgrounds in Lyndonville with more than 60 youths, ages 11 to 18, from 11 counties showing dairy animals. University of Vermont (UVM) Extension organized the event, which also included a team clipping competition and grilled cheese-making contest. [Read more…]