Farm Credit East is a major source of financing and support services to the agricultural community in the northeast. Many in the dairy industry rely on its services as a source of both long and short term financing to insure that their operations are as financially efficient as market conditions allow. It will come as no surprise to anyone that dairy farming has ridden the waves of market turmoil for many years. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
by Tamara Scully
According to the results of the Organic Farming Research Foundation’s 2016 National Organic Research Agenda, weed control was rated as a top concern of 67 percent of the certified organic farmers in the United States. The primary concern, cited by 74 percent, was soil health, quality and nutrient management.
Optimizing the soil ecosystem helps to manage weeds: the two are implicitly linked. [Read more…]
Huge insects that don’t need to be eradicated, horses on the loose, people being framed and liking it. All this, along with outdoor theatre performances, pumpkins, apples, hot or cold cider, donuts and cider slushies can be found at Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton, MA. [Read more…]
Those who traveled to Chambersburg, PA for the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance annual Field Days, held on Sept. 29 and 30 found that attending the two-day event was time well spent.
Participants had the option of touring the Trickling Springs Creamery plant prior to the first session. Trickling Springs is a relatively young company, established in 2001, and provides an outlet for organic farmers who produce clean (low somatic cell count) milk. [Read more…]
With a major in Horticulture and a minor in Ag-Business Management from the University of Connecticut, 22-year-old Mackenzie Beckwith transformed her great-grandfather’s dairy barn into an inviting farm store. Arrowhead Acres offers products from over 10 different local businesses/farmers as well as other artisan crafters. Cookies, muffins, pies, stuffed breads, soup and many other goodies are made right in the store, with much of the produce that’s grown on the property. [Read more…]
While we don’t hear about barn fires often, they do happen. And when they do, there is usually heavy damage not only to the barn but also to attached buildings, livestock, tools and equipment stored in or near the barn along with personal loss and livelihood. Taking a few simple steps can help you prevent tragic losses in the event of a fire.
Start by installing a reflective E911 sign with street number by the entrance to your farm or driveway, just like those bright green signs for road identification. If you need information, contact your town office, fire department or rescue squad. [Read more…]
BURLINGTON, VT – The New England 4-H Horse Contests, held Oct. 16 in New Hampshire, attracted more than 60 competitors including 23 from Vermont representing University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H.
The annual event, designed to help 4-H’ers prepare for competitions at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, Kentucky, in November was open to 4-H club members from the New England states as well as New Jersey and New York. [Read more…]
When one thinks of tobacco farming the first thing that might come to mind are the green leafed tobacco fields of Havana Cuba and the rolled Cuban cigars that are made there. Those people residing in towns along the Connecticut River Valley just have to think of their own backyard because tobacco farming has been an important part of the New England landscape for hundreds of years. [Read more…]