Many farmers reach a point where farmers markets are no longer able to suffice as a primary sales outlet. As farms grow, adding additional markets may be prohibitive, yet the current outlets may not offer opportunity to expand sales volume. If farmers markets are no longer working as the primary sales method, and other retail options such as a farm store or community supported agricultural shares aren’t likely to attract enough of a customer base to support a growing farm, wholesale may be the answer. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) was highlighted by Dr. Jennifer Forman Orth of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) during the Invasive Insect Certification Program for Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forest Pests provided by UMass Extension. [Read more…]
You may think skim milk tastes “watery” but water comprises approximately 87 percent of the milk right out of the teat. That’s why Curt A. Gooch, dairy environmental systems engineer with Cornell University’s PRO-DAIRY program, feels it’s so important to ensure herds receive sufficient water to stay healthy and produce at their optimal level. [Read more…]
Dr. Joseph Elkinton of the University of Massachusetts and the Department of Environmental Conservation has extensively studied the non-native insect, the gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar). He was one of the guest speakers at the Invasive Insect Certification Program for Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forest Pests provided by UMass Extension in late February. [Read more…]
The entire state of Massachusetts is quarantined for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in an effort to stop its spread, pursuant to USDA-APHIS Federal Regulation -7 CFR, 301.53. The full state quarantine regulation took effect on Feb. 9, 2015. [Read more…]
Air emissions from livestock farms can cause animal and human health concerns which typically impact the immediate farm surrounds, but do not occur in high enough concentration to be of health concerns off-farm. But when emissions, such as particulate matter and ammonia, settle out of the air, impact to the soil and water occurs. [Read more…]
Jack Kitteridge, policy director of Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts, works hard to keep carbon in the soil on his New England farm.
He was a panel speaker at the NOFA-NJ Winter Conference in late January. His expertise in the field was illustrated by a monograph on carbon sequestration in 2015. [Read more…]
Among the most important employees on livestock farms are traditionally the herding dogs.
The bumper sticker that reads “My Border Collie is smarter than your honor student,” is popular and, according to farmers, true. [Read more…]