Is the Estate Tax standing in the way of your future meals?

by Daniel M. Kniffen, VP Centre County Farm Bureau

The prediction that the world will need 100 percent more food by 2050 is, at best, concerning. U.S. consumers continue to have the luxury of access to a variety of ample, affordable, safe food; they deserve to have the privilege of continuing to be so fortunate with their food supply. The U.S. Estate Tax could prove to be a future road block to world food security.
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New Hampshire recognizes UNH Fairchild Dairy as quality milk producer

CN-DY-1-FAIRCHILD-DAIRY01DURHAM, NH — The Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center, a facility of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES) at the University of New Hampshire College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA), has been recognized by the state as a New Hampshire Quality Milk Producer. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services cited the farm’s efforts for 2014. The dairy farm had an average inspection score of 96 out of 100, and excellent scores related to animal health. [Read more…]

Stay safe when handling sheep

CM-MR-2-Stay-safe625by Sally Colby

It’s hard to imagine that sheep dotting a green pasture could cause any harm, but there are plenty of ways to become injured while working with sheep. It’s important to understand the basics of how and why sheep move the way they do to prevent injuries to both humans and animals. Any time a sheep is separated from its group is an opportunity for injury to the handler or the sheep.

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Italian and annual ryegrasses in northern cropping systems

CN-MR-1-ITALIAN-RYEGRASS1-6171by Daniel Hudson, UVM Extension Agronomist

Annual and Italian ryegrass have recently received more attention from farmers, university researchers, and the agricultural industry. Primary uses for this crop include: annual haylage crop, companion crop for new seedings of perennial forages (instead of oats), cover cropping, pasture enhancement, and erosion control. Under good management, ryegrass forage yield and quality are typically very impressive. Like most tools, if used properly it can be very profitable; if used improperly, this species can cause economic damage. Because of the similarities and between these grasses, the term ‘ryegrass’ will be used for in the remainder of this article unless important functional distinctions are being made. [Read more…]

Ayrshires thrive on pasture at Hardy Farm

CN-MR-2-HARDY-FARM-57521by Sally Colby

Like many New England farms, Hardy Farm is the result of multiple generations working together for the love of farming. Henry Hardy recalls in the early 1950’s, his father kept a few cows and worked at the local woolen mill, “We were a typical farm family.” he said. It wasn’t an easy journey from just a few cows to the successful rotational grazing operation in Farmington, Maine. In the 1940’s, the entire cowherd was lost to Bang’s disease (brucellosis or contagious abortion), which threatened many cattle herds prior to a national eradication effort. Determined to start again, the Hardys purchased any cattle available, Guernseys, Ayrshires and Holsteins. [Read more…]