A Day with the FFA Judging Teams

CN-MR-3-FFA-JUDGING-Swine1by George Looby, DVM

On Tuesday, Nov. 23 the Farm Dept. of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, MA played host to four FFA livestock judging teams from across the state.

The four schools represented were the Essex Technical High School, Danvers, MA; the Norfolk School, Walpole, MA; the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, Northhampton, MA and the Bristol County Agricultural High School, Dighton, MA. [Read more…]

Food Safety Modernization Act: Finalized

by Tamara Scully

It’s been almost three years since the original proposed Rules for Produce Safety and the Preventative Controls for Human Food, both portions of the 2011 Food Safety and Modernization Act, designed to prevent food-borne illnesses, were unveiled. Since that time, stakeholder input has led to re-evaluation and clarification of several provisions in both of these rules. Final FSMA regulations include some key changes from the original proposals. [Read more…]

Agency of Ag Issues Winter Reminder to Farmers

Winter Manure Spreading Ban Begins December 15th

Winter requires farmers to operate with great care and also abide by season-specific rules.

“Winter presents all of us with weather-related challenges, but for farmers, there is a heightened need for vigilance,” according the Chuck Ross, Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture. “Safety, stewardship practices, and advance-planning must remain top-of-mind for all our farmers this winter.” [Read more…]

Woodbury FFA members bring home the gold at national competition

CN-RP-4-WOODBURY-FFA-MEA1TThe Woodbury FFA (For the Future of Agriculture) chapter located at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury sent 45 students and graduates to the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY recently. Because the Woodbury FFA members won first place in seven different state FFA judging contests during the past school year, there are 45 students from the Woodbury chapter who earned the opportunity to represent the chapter and the state at the National FFA competition held recently in Louisville, KY. The Woodbury Chapter is the only chapter in the nation, out of over 7,300 FFA chapters and over 620,000 FFA members nationwide, to send seven teams from one chapter to national competition in the same year. [Read more…]

Mountain Dairy in Mansfield takes first step toward preserving more than 700 acres of farmland

CN-RP-1-MOUNTAIN-DAIRY_MD11MANSFIELD, CT — More than 82 acres of one of the largest Connecticut dairy farms to produce, process and distribute its own milk has been permanently protected and will be forever available for agricultural production under the state’s Farmland Preservation Program.

The 243-year-old Stearns Farm in Mansfield, which sells its products under the Mountain Dairy brand, is also seeking approval to protect another 650 acres of its farm under the program, administered by the Department of Agriculture. [Read more…]