New England Farmer “Fuels Up” with New England Patriot

CN-MR-28-3-New-England-Farmer1by Lorraine Strenkowski

Jeff and Alexis Cone of River Plain Dairy in Lebanon, CT, recently hosted New England Patriot Devon McCourty and the New England Dairy and Food Council (NEDFC),, as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program started by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League in collaboration with the USDA. McCourty, also known affectionately as “DMac,” is a Fuel Up to Play 60 Player Ambassador and is nominated for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. [Read more…]

Dairy judging team members honored

CN-RP-6-1-Dariy-judging-teamWOODBURY, CT — At the State FFA Conference held June 4 at Suffield High School, Woodbury FFA’s state winning Dairy Judging team members were recognized for their first place state championship team accomplishments as well as their individual placing within the state. [Read more…]

Fly control on organic dairy operations

by Katie Navarra

Without fail, flies arrive with summer heat and increased grazing time. Controlling flies is a common management issue among farmers, especially organic farmers who have fewer options for control. In a webinar hosted by eExtension and eOrganic, Roger Moon, Ph.D. and Brad Heins, Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, discuss two control options that were researched at the university through a project funded by the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative.

Before a method of control can be established, you have to know your enemies. Flies originate from different places and cause specific problems. When asked to name flies, most people first list mosquitoes, horse flies, black flies and biting gnats. [Read more…]

Molodich Farms: steadily improving since 1923

CN-MR-50-3-Molodich-Farms6121by Kristen M. Castrataro

In 1923, Mike Molodich’s grandparents headed East from Ohio due to his grandfather’s battle with black lung. The Connecticut realtor showing them farms was starting to get frustrated when property after property failed to catch their attention. In response to the realtor’s suspicion that they were never going to purchase one, Molodich exclaimed, “You show me a farm, and I’ll buy it!” The next farm they visited is still the home of Molodich Farms in Moosup, CT. [Read more…]

The 42nd Annual Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair

CN-MR-38-3-Sheep-and-woolcraft7411by Laura Rodley

The four Hs in 4-H stand for head, heart, hands and health. The 4-Hers that exhibited at the 42nd annual Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair also learned kindness and patience. 4-H is geared for children age six through 18. Three-year-old Asa Johnson of Owl Ridge Farm in New Braintree, MA was too young to compete, but wanted to help Georgianna Springstube of West Stockbridge, MA exhibit her Shetland lamb ewe in the junior ewe class. [Read more…]