Watch, ask and learn

CW-MR-3-Swine8024qby Sally Colby

As consumers learn more about modern agricultural production, they’re also asking questions about how livestock are raised. Many farmers have opened their doors to the non-ag public to show them what’s inside the barn and how daily operations take place, but the biosecurity that’s essential for swine and poultry operations disallows that.

Some consumers have an opportunity to see livestock, including swine and poultry, at fairs, but those animals aren’t in their normal setting and it’s hard for people to relate to the production side. The goal of an ag display is to show people where food comes from; that it doesn’t just show up on a grocery shelf, and that there are people devoted to taking care of these animals. But what’s the best way to accomplish that? [Read more…]

Conn. vegetable and small fruit growers conference

CN-MR-2-CT-vegetable-and11by George Looby

On Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 vegetable and small fruit growers from the state and beyond gathered at Maneeley’s Conference Center in South Windsor, CT for their annual conference. Mary Concklin from the UConn Extension Center acted as moderator for the morning session. Jatinder Aulakh, Weed Scientist from the CT. Agricultural Experiment Station welcomed the attendees to the conference. With 266 in the audience this annual conference was well attended again this year and were treated to a variety of topics. [Read more…]

The new farmers

CN-33-4-The-new-farmers41by Laura Rodley

Atherton Farm

Santa Claus had some flying competition in Buckland, MA in 2015. The wreaths that farmer Susan Atherton made by hand out of materials from her farm flew off the wreath stand faster than Santa Claus can fly across the sky.

“They fly right out of here. My friend made my display so you can see it from the road,” said Atherton, and customers pull right into her driveway, to be met first by her friendly large dog Oso.   As with all items offered by farmers, there is a lot of preparation involved. She started making the wreaths on November 1. Her personal favorite was the wreath that she decorated with variety of strawflowers grown in her garden.   Her natural wreath, which featured milkweed pods and milkweed fluff, was very popular. [Read more…]

Berkshire Gilt takes the Supreme Champion Swine Award at the 2016 PA Farm Show

CM-RP-16-6-Swine61HARRISBURG, PA – The Supreme Champion Bred Gilt was awarded to the Berkshire gilt ALIJ Amy 4-4 owned by Ronald and Luke States from Rossiter, Indiana County, on Saturday, January 9, at the 2016 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Judge Ken Lane of Spragueville, Iowa, complimented each of the exhibitors, commending them for presenting an excellent set of 110 gilts. Following the selection of the supreme champion, the bred gilts were auctioned by longtime show volunteer Harry H. Bachman, Annville, Lebanon County. [Read more…]

2016 Keystone Farm Show is “Stellar” this year!

CDM-PP-Keystone-DSC_87021by Jon M. Casey

This year’s Keystone Farm Show, the 19th annual “Farm Show for Farmers” held Jan 5-7, was by far the biggest and best show yet. Some would say it was “Stellar!” With more than 400 exhibitors filling every venue available at the York Fairgrounds in York, PA, attendees were able to shop both indoors and out, because this year’s mild and sunny weather was most accommodating as it welcomed farmers from Pennsylvania and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic states. Venues for the vendor’s displays included eight permanent buildings and a heated 200-foot long tent (for the second year), along with a number of outdoor exhibits strategically placed around the show campus. Show manager, Ken Maring, said the response for exhibit space has been so encouraging that the show staff is considering adding a second heated tent for the 2017 Keystone Farm Show. [Read more…]