A challenge, but a rewarding one

2019-06-03T15:47:20-05:00June 3, 2019|New England Farm Weekly|

by Enrico Villamaino

Started by Lewis Fraser Chase, Chase’s Organic Dairy Farm has grown and prospered in Mapleton, Maine, for over 80 years.

Founded in 1935, Chase’s began milking cows in 1955. The entire family is involved in caring for the land and the cattle, and today is owned and operated by Vaughn Chase and his wife Laura Chase. (more…)

Not your father’s growing season

2019-06-04T10:53:08-05:00June 3, 2019|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

During a drought, farmers hope for rain. When there’s too much rain, farmers wish they could just turn off the spigot.

“In drier conditions, people can get on the fields,” said David Balbian, Cornell Cooperative Extension regional dairy management specialist. “The fiber digestibility is typically better. In dry conditions, we don’t get a lot of feed, but we do get high quality because the lack of moisture reduces the lignin content in the plant, which increases fiber digestibility.” (more…)

ADA accessibility extends to farm websites

2019-06-03T15:35:40-05:00May 20, 2019|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

The doorways at your farm market are wide enough. You have ramps at entrances and designated parking spaces and restroom stalls. You think you’re completely accessible. But you could find yourself sued for lack of accessibility if your website isn’t compatible with software that reads text for those who are visually impaired. (more…)

On the lookout – African swine fever

2019-05-17T15:37:56-05:00May 17, 2019|New England Farm Weekly|

by George Looby

African Swine Fever (ASF) has yet to be found in the United States but it poses an ongoing threat to the swine industry of this country. If it were ever to become established here it would have the potential to devastate one of the major components of this country’s agricultural economy. At this point there is no effective treatment available and no vaccine available to control it. It is a viral disease that can be spread in many ways, which makes it difficult to control. Direct contact between infected and susceptible animals is the most obvious method of spread but there are other less obvious means of contagion. (more…)

Going mobile with pigs

2019-05-20T07:52:53-05:00May 16, 2019|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Tamara Scully

When pasturing pigs, there are always valid concerns about damage done to soil through their rooting behaviors. Frequently moving pigs to prevent them from damaging the soil structure once the vegetation is cleared is one of the key aspects of keeping pigs on pasture. Pigs love to graze, and utilizing their ability to do so, while enjoying a wide range of fodder, is a quick way to clear new ground for planting. (more…)

Profitable direct-market farming

2019-06-03T15:48:58-05:00May 14, 2019|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

One might think that farming is all about growing a great crop – but it’s selling that crop that brings in the profit. In today’s agricultural marketplace, dominated by large corporations competing on price, the small farmer, selling directly to customers, can find it challenging to find and retain customers. It’s this part of selling – the marketing – which Charlotte Smith, of 3 Cow Marketing, specializes in teaching. In a recent webinar, sponsored by On Pasture, Smith shared the first three essential steps to profitable farming. (more…)