A few things the Tick Guy wants you to know

CM-51-2-Tick-guy1by Sally Colby

Ten years ago, a tick was a tick. They crawled onto a dog, perhaps hitched a ride on your pants leg and then latched onto your scalp. Moms became experts at finding and removing ticks after kids played outside.

“The tick climbed up to the top of your head, and you’d feel the bump,” said Dr. Tom Mather. “Your mom would remove it because she had pointy fingernails. And no one got sick.” [Read more…]

More than a ribbon

CEW-MR-3-More-than-aw2by Sally Colby

Ben Weikert has seen nearly every side of beef production possible. He started with beef projects as a young 4-Her, and he competed on a collegiate livestock judging team as he pursued a degree in animal science. He and his brother Owen have developed an elite herd of show cattle and have served as judges at numerous livestock shows. After receiving a master’s degree and serving as an extension agent, Ben is now working toward a PhD in agricultural leadership, and has some tips for youth who plan to show cattle this season. [Read more…]

Twelfth annual Massachusetts Blue Ribbon Calf Sale benefits 4-H dairy program

CN-MR-40-4-Blue-ribbon-calf3by Paul Burdziakowski

The 12th annual Massachusetts Blue Ribbon Calf Sale was held March 19 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. There were approximately 600 people from all over New England and New York on site to inspect and purchase dairy calves through a consignment auction. A total of 60 calves from seven different dairy breeds were up for bid including Holsteins, Red & White Holsteins, Milking Short Horns, Brown Swiss, Jerseys, Guernsey and Ayrshire. There were plenty of other aspects to the event including youth clinics, commercial vendors, a silent auction and raffles. The calf sale, which was put on by the Massachusetts 4-H Dairy Committee, included free admission and parking. [Read more…]

40th New Hampshire Dairy Management Conference

by Kristina Vaughan

Fireside Inn and Suites in West Lebanon, NH was filled with 90 farmers, industry representatives, government employees, college and FFA students on March 17 for the 40th annual Dairy Management Conference. This conference and trade show is one of a four part series including two sites in New Hampshire, and one each in Connecticut and Maine. Held one day prior, the North Country Dairy Seminar & Tradeshow also had a great turnout, boasting 66 participants at the Inn in Whitefield. [Read more…]

Rhode Island Agricultural Council awarded grant

CN-MR-13-1-Rhode-Islandby Kristen M. Castrataro

The Rhode Island Agricultural Council (RIAC) has been awarded a Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) in the amount of $14,291 to be conducted from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. The proposal was submitted to a competitive process and was recommended for funding by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Agricultural Advisory Committee. The SCBG Program is a federal program designed to enhance the visibility and viability of specialty crops in the marketplace. [Read more…]