Vermont 4-H well represented at New England 4-H Horse Contests

cn-rp-25-1-vermont-4hBURLINGTON, 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…]

New book explores New England’s rich tobacco history

cn-mr-60-3-tobacco-20by Paul Burdziakowski

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…]

Employee retention and motivation

cm-mr-39-1-employee-retentio1nby Michael Wren

As small family farms become larger and more profitable they begin to hire more and more employees to help with the extra work. However, many farmers have never had multiple employees and find it hard to manage and retain them. Whether you employ five people or 500 people, managing them will be crucial to running your business. [Read more…]

Llamas at the Big E

cn-mr-33-1-llamas-at-bigeby Laura Rodley

Visitors might have thought they had been magically transported to Peru or Bolivia when they entered the llama barn at the Big E. After all, the Big E is the Disneyland of animals and livestock. Llamas and alpacas of all shades and their young were in abundance and being cared for by their owners, being readied for showing. Rather than the llamas guarding their livestock, some owners slept in sleeping bags guarding their llamas. [Read more…]