Thousands of attendees, hundreds of workshops, 120 exhibitors, a dozen local food vendors, a handful of cooking demonstrations, a couple of live animal exhibits, and a few awards presentations added up to a whole lot of Maine farming, all wrapped up in an event both fun and educational for anyone interested in agriculture. For the 76th year, the Maine Agricultural Trades Show, held in the capital city of Augusta, didn’t disappoint. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
The Connecticut Farm Bureau hosted The Connecticut Dairy Summit on Jan. 4, 2017, designed to present an overview of the status of the dairy industry in the state as it enters a new year. The meeting was held in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT, which afforded interested members of the Legislature to hear the concerns of those involved in the dairy industry. [Read more…]
On Jan. 17, the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) announced that former U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will join the organization as president and CEO, effective Feb. 1, 2017. USDEC is a non-profit, independent organization that seeks to enhance the global demand for U.S. dairy products and ingredients. [Read more…]
It may be mid-winter, but caterpillars were the topic of a December grower meeting held in North Scituate, RI. The event was held at Knight Farm Café and was sponsored by the University of Rhode Island’s Risk Management and Crop Insurance program.
University of Massachusetts Agricultural Risk Management Specialists Paul Russell and Tom Smiarowski provided updates on new crop insurance options and disaster relief programs available for fruit growers affected by the April 2016 freeze and the later-season drought conditions. [Read more…]
Good news out of Vermont: “Big Bertha,” the anaerobic digester at Vermont Technical College, is fully operational. The digester is utilizing cow manure and food waste to create electricity. It receives a diet of brewery waste, from two of Vermont’s local breweries, along with food waste and cow manure from Vermont farms, glycerol by-product from biodiesel production, leaves, and paper waste. It then sends power to the electric grid. [Read more…]