Massachusetts Fruit Growers Association holds its annual summer meeting

cn-go-mr-35-2-massachusetts-fruit-growers-6694by Kristen M. Castrataro

The Massachusetts Fruit Growers Association held its annual summer meeting and farm tour at the University of Massachusetts Cold Springs Orchard in Belchertown, MA. Around 80 fruit growers and Extension personnel from Massachusetts and Rhode Island attended to learn about current research in grapes, brambles, stone fruit and pome fruit. [Read more…]

Filth flies and cattle

by Tamara Scully

The four major types of filth flies important to livestock agriculture are the house, face, stable and horn flies. Because they are found in environments with manure or manure residues, livestock operations are preferred environments for filth flies. But each type of fly has specific environments conducive to supporting their life cycles, and control must be targeted to each species. [Read more…]

Agritourism: Protecting public health, animal health and your farm

cn-mr-54-2-agritourism-panelby George Looby, DVM

Matters relating to agritourism and its multiple issues were the topic of a conference held late August at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT.

Dr. Bruce Sherman, Director of the Bureau of Regulation and Inspection organized the meeting in response to an outbreak that occurred in March on a Lebanon, CT goat farm where 50 visitors became ill after visiting the facility. [Read more…]

B&B celebrates farm life

CN-MR-34-3-B&B-celebrates2by Jane Primerano

A Jersey cow uses a solar panel as shelter from a sudden rainstorm. Two golden retrievers run in circles next to a rambling Victorian farmhouse.

This is Hollister Hill Farm in Marshfield, VT, a working farm and bed and breakfast owned by Lee and Bob Light. [Read more…]

99th Annual Heath Fair

CN-MR-41-4-Heath-fair-2697by Laura Rodley

Bleachers were packed full at the 99th Annual Heath Fair as Luke Inman held tight to the reins of the pair of Belgian draft horses, Rex and Rowdy, during the horse draw. They won to a resounding round of cheers, pulling the 8,000-pound stone boat 45 ½ inches. Bill Clark, Heath, MA resident and owner of Clark Logging and Lumber, own the pair. [Read more…]