New methods of vaccine production on the horizon

CEW-MR-1-VACCINES1by George Looby, DMV

Animal agriculture has long relied on the addition of antibiotics to increase feed efficiency and to aid in the control of low grade intestinal infections, especially in young animals. This practice has come under increased scrutiny in recent years as the human population has had to contend with the development of so-called super bugs which are resistant to conventional antibiotic therapy. [Read more…]

Boosting plum production in Maine

CN-GO-RP-1-ME-PLUMS-011ORONO, ME — University of Maine researchers are working to bring locally grown plums to farm stands around the state.
The two-year project, funded by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, is identifying suitable plum varieties for Maine’s climate that would help diversify the state’s apple farms. [Read more…]

Center for Food Safety, expert scientists, farm groups support Vermont’s Genetically Engineered Food Labeling

Experts defend law from industry’s continued legal challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Center for Food Safety submitted a legal filing to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in support of Vermont’s genetically engineered (GE) food labeling law, Act 120. The CFS brief was filed on behalf of a broad-based coalition, including five expert Ph.D. scientists, two farming organizations, and environmental groups CFS and the Sierra Club. Signed into law in May 2014, Act 120 was challenged in court just one month later by “Big Food” and Agriculture interests represented by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). In April 2015, the Federal District Court of Vermont rejected GMA’s claims, and upheld Vermont’s law as constitutional. GMA appealed the decision and the case, the first regarding whether States can require the labeling of GE food, is now before the Second Circuit. [Read more…]

UNH Research: Crop rotation boosts soil microbes, benefits plant growth

Project seeks to address issues of agricultural intensification

DURHAM, NH — In the first study of its kind, new research from the University of New Hampshire shows that crop rotations, in isolation from other management factors, can increase the functions performed by soil microbial communities that benefit plant growth. The study was conducted by researchers with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station. [Read more…]

Breakfast on the Farm brings community together to spend a day in the life of a dairy farmer

Nea-Tocht Farm in Ferrisburg, VT Holds First Free Breakfast and Farm Tour

FERRISBURG, VT — Hundreds of people experienced a day in the life of a dairy farmer and got a delicious meal at Vermont’s first Breakfast on the Farm on Saturday, Aug. 22 at Nea-Tocht Farm in Ferrisburg, VT.
The free, public event included a pancake breakfast served from 9 a.m. to noon, self-guided tours of the dairy farm and a peek into the life and business of dairy farming in Vermont where 63 percent of the milk in New England is produced, according to USDA data.
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