Dealing with animal rights activists ~ Part 2

CEW-MR-1-Activists-39891Part 2: understanding activist tactics

by Sally Colby

Animal rights organizations use many tactics, and perhaps one of the most effective is undercover videos.

“It used to be that individuals would break into farms in the dead of night, release animals and capture animals,” said Kay Johnson Smith, president and CEO of Animal Agriculture Alliance, an organization that promotes animal welfare while bringing awareness to animal rights activists. “They learned that that tactic wasn’t garnering sympathy with the media. They weren’t able to get their story out that way, so they decided to get individuals employed on farms to produce undercover videos.” [Read more…]

Dealing with animal rights activists ~ Part 1

CEW-MR-1-Activists-39891Part 1: who are they and what are their goals?

by Sally Colby

The new employee presented what appeared to be an outstanding resume, and was willing to work wherever she was needed on the farm. With one employee out with an injury and two more away for several weeks, you hired her on the spot.

What happened next is every farmer’s nightmare. That new employee was an animal rights activist, working for a well-known animal rights organization, and had been taking photos and video with the intention of creating an undercover video that would be used against your farm. [Read more…]

Stopping by McCray’s Farm and Country Creamery

CN-MR-3-MCCRAYS-FARM-1521by Laura Rodley


A few days before Christmas, people were stopping by McCray’s Farm and Country Creamery to pick up last minute gifts — maple syrup, the farm dairy’s own chocolate milk, ice cream cakes and even homemade ice cream, available in 25 flavors from Barnyard Blast to Caramel Brownie Swirl. Part of the year-round petting zoo, the ducks and geese swimming in the duck pond greeted customers. [Read more…]

New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference

CN-MR-3-NE-FRUIT-VEG-CON_6112by Sanne Kure-Jensen

The New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference and Trade Show offered workshops led by experienced growers, extension agents, crop advisors, university and industry researchers as well as industry representatives from across North America. Speakers shared the latest innovations and advances in the fruit and vegetable industry. This biennial conference was held Dec. 15 – 17, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH. [Read more…]

Upper Valley farmers and others gather to launch watershed alliance

CN-MR-2-WATERSHED-ALLIANCE-Dqqotonby Alice Allen

NORWICH, VT — On Friday Dec.18 more than 50 farmers, Cooperative Extension, USDA officials and others gathered at the Norwich Farm campus of Vermont Technical College to launch the Connecticut River Farmers’ Watershed Alliance.

Upper Valley farmers Larry Scott, Jean Conklin, Walter Gladstone, joined others to listen and share ideas to actively address water quality concerns in the Upper Connecticut River Valley. This new watershed alliance will bring together a cohesive group to network together to help farmers, local landowners and local environmental groups collaborate on mutual objectives and shared responsibilities to help protect this river resource and its tributaries now and for future generations to come. [Read more…]