State Dairy Quiz Bowl tests 4-H’ers’ dairy knowledge

CN-MR-4-UVMEXT-4H-Dairy-bowl2BURLINGTON, VT — The Vermont 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl, the first statewide 4-H dairy event of the year, was held on March 19 at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington.

The UVM Extension 4-H-sponsored event, which included a written test and several buzzer rounds of oral questions, attracted 76 participants. While all age groups competed for rosette ribbons, competitors in the senior division for ages 14 and older, also had a chance for a spot on the four-member state quiz bowl team that will compete at the regional and national level. [Read more…]

Public notice by the Maine Pork Producers Association and the National Pork Board

The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2017 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in conjunction with the Swine Education Seminar meeting of the Maine Pork Producers Association at the Viles Arboretum at 153 Hospital Street, Augusta, Maine. All Maine pork producers are invited to attend. [Read more…]

UConn Extension’s Jude Boucher has a lasting impact

CN-56-3-UConn-Extension1by Stacey Stearns

The name Jude Boucher is synonymous with vegetable production in Connecticut. Since joining UConn Extension in 1986, Jude has made a profound impact on the industry as the Extension Educator for vegetable crops Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Jude received his bachelor’s degree in Entomology from the University of New Hampshire, his masters in Entomology from Virginia Tech, and then earned his Ph.D. at UConn in Plant Science.  [Read more…]

Food waste gets second life as renewable energy on dairy farm

CN-28-3-Food-waste-gets1by Laura Hardie

Recycling is at the heart of dairy farming. Water is recycled to use on crops or to clean the milking parlor. Manure is recycled as fertilizer for the fields or converted into electricity on farms with cow power technology. Now, a Vermont farm has found a way to help their community recycle inedible food waste.

Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, VT has a farm waste digester, which converts manure, food waste and farm by-products into natural fertilizer and energy to power 400 to 500 homes. They will soon be piloting a new project with Casella Organics to help communities understand the importance of properly separating food waste so that it can be collected and turned into a mixture that can be fed into the farm digester. [Read more…]

Attendees flock to Walpole, MA for inaugural Southern New England Shepherd’s Forum

CN-29-4-Attendees-4095by Paul Burdziakowski

The first biennial Southern New England Shepherd’s Forum was held March 5 at the Norfolk County Agricultural High School in Walpole, MA. A total of 108 attendees from all over New England came together for the opportunity to network with each other and learn about a wide range of topics within the sheep industry. The event offered plenty of activities to take part in for both adults and children including informative lectures, hands-on workshops and industry vendors. [Read more…]