Vermont Farm Show supports the FARMS 2+2 Scholarship Program

The Vermont Farm Show has announced it will support the Farm and Agricultural Resource Management Stewards (FARMS) 2+2 Scholarship program for the next four years. The Farm Show has committed $43,000 to the FARMS 2+2 Scholarship program, which provides scholarships to young Vermonters who are pursuing dairy careers.

Founded in 2001, the FARMS 2+2 scholarship funds half tuitions for two years of study at Vermont Technical College (VTC) and full tuition for two subsequent years at the University of Vermont (UVM). The fund is administered by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, and the student recipients are selected by VTC and UVM. [Read more…]

World Dairy Expo unveils 50th anniversary painting at Friends of Expo Picnic

As the official kick-off to the 50th Anniversary of World Dairy Expo®, a commemorative painting was unveiled on Tuesday, June 14, at the Summer Board Meeting and Friends of Expo Volunteer Picnic, hosted by Vita Plus Corporation. Artist Larry Schultz, of Sunny Beach Farm Studio, completed the painting.

Schultz was approached four years ago about creating a painting for Expo’s 50th Anniversary. He was able to capture an image that combines all facets of Expo — spanning the five-decade history and showcasing iconic moments, animals and people. [Read more…]

Horse-savvy teens earn spots on 4-H horse communications team

CN-RP-18-1-Horse-SavvyBERLIN, VT – Several 4-H teens competed June 24 for a chance to represent Vermont on the 4-H Horse Communications Team at regional and national events.

The State 4-H Horse Communications Contest, which featured separate public speaking, individual demonstration and team demonstration contests, was sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H. All Vermont 4-H club members, ages 14 to 18, were eligible to compete. [Read more…]

National Mastitis Council seeks scholar applicants

Graduate students interested in milk quality could win trip to NMC meeting

Full-time graduate students interested in controlling mastitis, promoting udder health and improving milk quality can be selected for an expense-paid trip to attend the National Mastitis Council 56th Annual Meeting, Jan. 29 to 31, 2017, in St. Pete Beach, FL by applying for the NMC Scholars program. In its 10th year, the NMC Scholars program provides up to four scholarships. At least two NMC Scholars will be graduate students at a university or college outside of the United States and Canada. [Read more…]

Planning for soil health

CN-MR-18-2-Planning-for-Soil-Healtha1by George Looby

On June 1, 2016 a day long program was held at Woodstock Orchards in Woodstock, CT designed to give those in attendance a better understanding of the complexities of soil structure. The orchard is owned and operated by Douglas and Eric Young. The father and son team manage a traditional orchard along with vegetables and berries. This year is a tough one for Connecticut orchardists. [Read more…]