Think of long dense boughs of hemlocks straddling brooks. Then think of their needles falling off their branches. This is a long-term view of the damage of encroaching invasive insect hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), which are the size of a pepper grain. They are parthenogenetic — able to reproduce using unfertilized eggs — so a single individual can alone produce offspring. HWA need a live hemlock to survive. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
In today’s age consumers are highly interested in the quality of the products they eat. This is especially true when it comes to meat such as mutton.
Quality meat is generally defined by its compositional quality and palatability. Signs of quality meat are good conformation, a bright red color and some marbling or fat. Poor quality meat will have indicators as well. [Read more…]
by George Looby, DVM
The past several years have seen a rather remarkable resurgence in the brewing industry in the state with almost 50 breweries now operating. These operations are mostly characterized as craft breweries, small when compared to the giants of the industry, but each catering to customers who have come to enjoy the unique character of their brew. [Read more…]
FAIRLEE, VT — With the rollout of Lake Champlain’s mandated pollution diet, interest in soil health initiatives, capitalizing on burgeoning grass-fed markets and seeking to improve financial strategies for farmers, Vermont continues to showcase the importance of managed grasslands for a resilient future. [Read more…]
Saving the world one small business at a time — that’s the level of commitment and synergy that over 70 farmers, growers and entrepreneurs emanated during the 30th annual Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) MASS Winter Conference held at Worcester State Univeristy mid-January. And farming is a business. One that is — more often than not — a family affair, as many hands are required. [Read more…]