Grain Marketing: commodity outlook

CEW-MR-1-GRAIN-MARKETING1by Tamara Scully

Grain farmers gathered recently to attend Penn State University’s Grain Marketing Workshop, in Leesport. The workshop was geared towards grain producers interested in learning more about commodity grain marketing, John Berry, Penn State Extension Ag Marketing Educator, said.

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Blue Roan Tamed During Extreme Mustang Makeover

CN-MR-2-BLUE-ROAN-611by Laura Rodley

In the C barn during this year’s Equine Affaire, stood a blue roan; just a short while ago, the blue roan had been running wild with other mustangs in a herd out west. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program rounded him up and in April, 13 year old Ashley Retcho of Just a Sport of Color Farm from Pine Bush, NY adopted him from BLM as part of the Extreme Mustang Makeover (EMM) Challenge from a temporary BLM adoption location, Crimson Acres in Orange, MA.   [Read more…]

The Cooperative Development Institute and the Maine Farm and Sea Cooperative

by George Looby, DVM

Cooperatives have long been a part of the marketing side of agriculture and in today’s complex world, Cooperative Development Institute (CDI), located in Shelburne Falls, MA is an organization that supports cooperative economy through the creation and development of successful cooperative enterprises and networks. The organization provides education, training and technical assistance to existing and start-up cooperatively-structured enterprises including those involved in food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries. [Read more…]

A Day with the FFA Judging Teams

CN-MR-3-FFA-JUDGING-Swine1by George Looby, DVM

On Tuesday, Nov. 23 the Farm Dept. of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, MA played host to four FFA livestock judging teams from across the state.

The four schools represented were the Essex Technical High School, Danvers, MA; the Norfolk School, Walpole, MA; the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, Northhampton, MA and the Bristol County Agricultural High School, Dighton, MA. [Read more…]

Food Safety Modernization Act: Finalized

by Tamara Scully

It’s been almost three years since the original proposed Rules for Produce Safety and the Preventative Controls for Human Food, both portions of the 2011 Food Safety and Modernization Act, designed to prevent food-borne illnesses, were unveiled. Since that time, stakeholder input has led to re-evaluation and clarification of several provisions in both of these rules. Final FSMA regulations include some key changes from the original proposals. [Read more…]