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…]

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…]