Thousands of attendees, hundreds of workshops, 120 exhibitors, a dozen local food vendors, a handful of cooking demonstrations, a couple of live animal exhibits, and a few awards presentations added up to a whole lot of Maine farming, all wrapped up in an event both fun and educational for anyone interested in agriculture. For the 76th year, the Maine Agricultural Trades Show, held in the capital city of Augusta, didn’t disappoint. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
The Connecticut Farm Bureau hosted The Connecticut Dairy Summit on Jan. 4, 2017, designed to present an overview of the status of the dairy industry in the state as it enters a new year. The meeting was held in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT, which afforded interested members of the Legislature to hear the concerns of those involved in the dairy industry. [Read more…]
On Jan. 17, the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) announced that former U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will join the organization as president and CEO, effective Feb. 1, 2017. USDEC is a non-profit, independent organization that seeks to enhance the global demand for U.S. dairy products and ingredients. [Read more…]
It may be mid-winter, but caterpillars were the topic of a December grower meeting held in North Scituate, RI. The event was held at Knight Farm Café and was sponsored by the University of Rhode Island’s Risk Management and Crop Insurance program.
University of Massachusetts Agricultural Risk Management Specialists Paul Russell and Tom Smiarowski provided updates on new crop insurance options and disaster relief programs available for fruit growers affected by the April 2016 freeze and the later-season drought conditions. [Read more…]
Good news out of Vermont: “Big Bertha,” the anaerobic digester at Vermont Technical College, is fully operational. The digester is utilizing cow manure and food waste to create electricity. It receives a diet of brewery waste, from two of Vermont’s local breweries, along with food waste and cow manure from Vermont farms, glycerol by-product from biodiesel production, leaves, and paper waste. It then sends power to the electric grid. [Read more…]
There’s a new buzz word in the health food market and that is MapleMama. MapleMama Craft Maple Spritzers are easy to hold in your hand, are only 70 calories, and contain their signature bite that stimulates the wow factor.
“I like it best when people make ‘the face’; their eyes open wide and they say ‘wow’. I love that,” said founder Joe Laur of Wendell, MA. [Read more…]
by Katie Navarra
Each year Cucurbit Downy Mildew (CDM) causes severe yield loss in northeast pumpkin, squash, melon and cucumber crops. Understanding the origin of the pathogen and the conditions that encourage its spread can help farmers better prepare for and contain the spread of CDM in their fields.
The webinar, Managing Cucurbit Downy Mildew in Organic Systems in the Northeast, featured Christine Smart from Cornell University’s School of Integrative Plant Science. During the hour-long webinar, Smart offers methods for controlling CDM. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
Whether or not the Farmer’s Almanac is accurate, we can count on at least several stretches of extreme cold on the east coast this winter. Those who work outside are usually prepared for cold, but it’s easy to go outside for what seems to be a simple chore and become caught in severe weather for an extended period of time. [Read more…]