UNH Research: Crop rotation boosts soil microbes, benefits plant growth

Project seeks to address issues of agricultural intensification

DURHAM, NH — In the first study of its kind, new research from the University of New Hampshire shows that crop rotations, in isolation from other management factors, can increase the functions performed by soil microbial communities that benefit plant growth. The study was conducted by researchers with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station. [Read more…]

Breakfast on the Farm brings community together to spend a day in the life of a dairy farmer

Nea-Tocht Farm in Ferrisburg, VT Holds First Free Breakfast and Farm Tour

FERRISBURG, VT — Hundreds of people experienced a day in the life of a dairy farmer and got a delicious meal at Vermont’s first Breakfast on the Farm on Saturday, Aug. 22 at Nea-Tocht Farm in Ferrisburg, VT.
The free, public event included a pancake breakfast served from 9 a.m. to noon, self-guided tours of the dairy farm and a peek into the life and business of dairy farming in Vermont where 63 percent of the milk in New England is produced, according to USDA data.
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E & J Scott Orchards ~ diversifying with Irish Dexter cattle

CN-MR-3-E-J-SCOTT-CATTLE_0231by Laura Rodley

BUCKLAND, MA — When Edward Scott was a boy growing up in Ashfield, MA his family’s farm had an apple orchard, chickens and cows. He became well known for his gift of working with apple trees. “The kids would pick apples when the other apple pickers were away at war,” said his daughter, Donna Scott. Her mother, Janice, and Edward attended the same school. “During WWII, the high school closed and students went out to help farmers. Apples were a big crop in this area, a way farmers got money. They’d pick apples in the fall and ship them.” [Read more…]

Conservation planning in organic livestock systems

by Tamara Scully

Conservation planners may not be familiar with working with certified organic livestock producers, and may harbor misconceptions about organic farming. Yet conservation planning and organic livestock farming share the same foundation: to preserve natural resources and promote biodiversity. [Read more…]

Spectators keep cool at 26th Annual Horse Show

CN-MR-2-CT-Classic121by Paul Burdziakowski
The Connecticut Summer Classic Horse Show took place July 30–Aug. 1 just as Western Massachusetts experienced its hottest temperatures of the season. The Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA provided a comfortably cool setting for participants and spectators to get out of the heat and into the coliseum to watch some spirited competition. [Read more…]