Historic Southwick tobacco farmers evolve with the times

CN-MR-2-MA-TOBACCO_151by Paul Burdziakowski

When you hear the words tobacco farm you might imagine the rolling fields of North Carolina or a plantation in tropical Havana, Cuba as the ideal setting. There is, however, a long-standing tobacco farm that sits in the temperate climate of Southwick, MA.

“Tobacco farming has been in the Connecticut River Valley for a long time,” said John Arnold, one of three brothers who co-own the farm. “People think of it as southern best quality tobacco grown here in the north.”  [Read more…]

North Country Fruit and Vegetable Seminar and Tradeshow

CN-MR-1-FRUIT-VEG-SEMINAR-021by Heather Bryant, Regional Field Specialist, Food and Agriculture

Bright and early Thursday morning, Oct. 29, 126 people arrived in Whitefield for the annual North Country Fruit and Vegetable Seminar and Tradeshow. This was the sixth year we’ve run this program at the Mountain View Grand and as usual they came through with an “as local as possible” meal which included squash, beets, kale and tomatoes grown by some of the attendees. [Read more…]

Canola meal in dairy cow diets: A new perspective

by Tamara Scully

With “millions of metric tons” of canola meal going into the dairy industry, there must be some value to the product. Farmers, by observation, have for years claimed that canola meal is a good source of protein, and readily replaces soy in the dairy cow diet, according to Dr. Essi Evans, of Technical Advisory Services, Inc, in a presentation at the recent 2015 Cornell Nutrition Conference. [Read more…]