NOC hosted annual Hill Day in Washington, D.C.

CN-MR-2-CAPITOL-HILL-DAY_3961by Sanne Kure-Jensen

The National Organic Coalition (NOC) hosted their annual fly-in for Hill Day in mid-June. The three-day fly-in schedule included an Organic Farmer Alliance planning meeting and policy coaching before legislative meetings. Nearly 40 NOC delegates from around the country met with their legislators.

Steve Etka, NOC Legislative Coordinator and Abby Youngblood, NOC Executive Director led a thorough policy briefing and orientation session. Delegates felt well prepared for their Hill Day meetings with their Senators, Representatives and/or legislative staff. [Read more…]

Surfer Dude reigns

CN-MR-3-SURFER-DUDE_1651by Laura Rodley

There are horses throughout history that gain notoriety, living on in people’s hearts long after they’re gone. Roy Roger’s horse Trigger comes to mind, as does Misty — a wild pony made famous in the 1947 children’s book Misty of Chincoteague, penned by Marguerite Henry. Another, a possible descendant of Misty, is Surfer Dude; a stallion born and raised on the Island of Assateague, one of the few stallions that guard the north and south herds on Assateague Island — a federal reserve for wild horses. [Read more…]

Maple Breeze Farm

CN-MR-3-MAPLE-BREEZE-FARMS_21by Drew Conroy

Between showers on a warm summer day, in the center of historic Chester, CT, John and Bonnie Hall of Maple Breeze Farm, in nearby Westbrook, are waiting on customers at the weekly farmer’s market. Their booth, covered by a tent, has the “Connecticut Grown” logo on it. John greets customers from the bed of his Ford truck, where there is a refrigerator, with frozen meat for sale — meat from their American Milking Devon Cattle and hogs. [Read more…]

Luckiest farmers in Maine

CN-MR-3-Luckiest-Farmers_011by Troy Bishopp

HARPSWELL, MAINE — “We’re the luckiest farmers in Maine,” said pasture aficionado, Joe Grady of Two Coves Farm. The historic seaside community of Harpswell, steeped in lobstering tradition and providing scenic vistas for vacationers, seem to be the lucky ones as they balance out their seafood diets with local, pasture raised and garden delicacies. [Read more…]

Dairy Environmental Systems and Climate Change Adaptation Conference

CE-MR-1-Environmental-systems1by Tamara Scully

Climate change is real. It’s impact will both be felt by dairymen, and will be influenced by their management practices. That message was heard loud and clear as leading researchers, extension and conservation professionals, professors, energy professionals, engineers and dairy farmers gathered for an intensive two-day conference — with a third day of tours — focused on mitigating the impact of climate change. Held at the Statler Hotel on the Cornell University campus, the conference was co-hosted by Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY program. [Read more…]