The weather was perfect for haying; dry and sunny, with a couple consecutive days beyond for drying the cut grass. But David Freeman had something else in mind for his 1958 Ford Workmaster tractor. He unhitched it in the morning and rode it in the Franklin County Farm Bureau (FCFB)’s Inaugural Tractor Ride, joining 21 other tractors for the June 25 event. And he still planned on haying that afternoon, despite the 30-mile ride back and forth from his hometown in Heath, MA to nearby the Hilltowns. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
The Arabian Horse Association of New England (AHANE) held their 62nd annual show June 30 through July 2 at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA. The three-day event qualifies many New England riders for the Region 16 Championship in Syracuse, NY.
The AHANE is a regional club in New England, which is a part of the larger national association known as the Arabian Horse Association (AHA). The AHANE was formed in 1954 to encourage breeding, exhibiting and promotion of the Arabian Horse. [Read more…]
New York State was host to the 2016 National Holstein Convention, which took place at the Saratoga Hilton and the Saratoga City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, June 27 –July 1st.
Over 1,300 young folks and adults from all over the United States attended the convention, which included a premium Holstein sale. [Read more…]
Flaxseed is an oilseed rich in fat, making it an energy source for livestock. When flaxseed is fed as a supplement to forage grazing, it can boost Omega-3 fatty acids in milk.
A two-year study by Cargill reported that 98 percent of consumers understand what Omega-3 fatty acids are and they will pay more and choose Omega-3 products over others. Omega-3s provide health benefits to cattle, too. [Read more…]
When you own a beef operation, it may seem counter-intuitive to name all of your cattle. That kind of personal touch is just one of many that have endeared Stoney Hill Cattle Co. in Charlestown, RI to their customers and their community.
In 1955, Ben Luchka purchased a dairy farm on what is now Stoney Hill Cattle Co. (SHCC). The owner of a paper mill, he had rented land for years, hoping for an opportunity to buy. He jumped at the chance. In the 1960’s he shifted his business model from dairy to beef and sheep. [Read more…]
USDA Virginia Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Jewel Hairston Bronaugh, Ph.D., reminds producers that FSA offers targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to assist underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers.
“Each year, a portion of FSA’s loan funds are set aside to lend to targeted underserved and beginning farmers,” said Bronaugh. “Farming and livestock production are capital intensive business ventures and FSA is committed to helping producers start, expand, and maintain their agricultural operations.” [Read more…]
When Betsy Molodich started “Betsy’s Stand” in 1998, she could hardly have imagined what the future would hold. Her brother-in-law had been selling apples and cider out of the stand for years, but when cider moved from fresh to pasteurized, the business model had to change. At her husband’s instigation, Betsy took over the stand, changed its name, and shifted towards vegetables. It was a good move. [Read more…]
The Vermont Farm Show has announced it will support the Farm and Agricultural Resource Management Stewards (FARMS) 2+2 Scholarship program for the next four years. The Farm Show has committed $43,000 to the FARMS 2+2 Scholarship program, which provides scholarships to young Vermonters who are pursuing dairy careers.
Founded in 2001, the FARMS 2+2 scholarship funds half tuitions for two years of study at Vermont Technical College (VTC) and full tuition for two subsequent years at the University of Vermont (UVM). The fund is administered by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, and the student recipients are selected by VTC and UVM. [Read more…]