New England Equitation Championships celebrates 40 years

CN-MR-3-NE-Equitation37361by Paul Burdziakowski

The New England Equitation Championships (NEEC) celebrated its 40th anniversary with five days of exciting competition Oct. 14-18 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. This year approximately 370 junior and adult riders from all over New England attended what is considered to be the most prestigious equitation event in the northeast. Adult riders participated during the first two days of the event while junior riders, ages 18 and under, competed the final three days. Both groups of riders used a wide array of horses including German Martingales, Dutch Warmbloods, American Thoroughbreds, Selle Francais, Holsteiners, Westphalians and Hanoverians. [Read more…]

Grow Food Northampton

CN-MR-3-CRIMSON-CLOVER_14041by Laura Rodley

If you want to farm, the nonprofit Grow Food Northampton can help. Right now, the nonprofit oversees three farms on some 120 acres. The three leasable spots are on Crimson and Clover, Sawmill Farm and Slow Tractor Farm.

“We’re full,” said Clem Clay, the Executive Director of Grow Food. Currently, 103 acres are already leased, seven acres are designated as organic and all 275 garden plot areas are taken. [Read more…]

Farm Credit East annual customer meetings salute 100 year history and focus on the future

Enfield, CT — Farm Credit East’s annual customer appreciation meetings began in October. At this year’s meetings, the member-owned cooperative will update customers on Farm Credit East and commence efforts to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Farm Credit.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “A 100 Year Foundation to Support our Customers and Communities into the Future.” It recognizes the cooperative’s history and long-term commitment to serve agriculture, commercial fishing and forest products businesses.
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New rules for antimicrobial drug use in food animals

By Sanne Kure-Jensen

On Oct. 1, 2015, United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules changed for the use of certain antimicrobial drugs (antibiotics) commonly used in livestock production.

Craig Lewis, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Veterinary Medical Officer, Office of the Center Director
Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA said, “Any antimicrobial use can lead to resistance.” He urged producers to take steps now to mitigate risks of increasing the number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in our food supply to protect human and animal health. [Read more…]

Manure management with apps

by Tamara Scully

Technology is impacting day-to-day farming operations, whether your farm is large or small. While the price tag that comes with some of this technology may be a barrier to many small farmers, there is a type of technology which can offer farmers high-tech information, without a large investment in specialized equipment: the cell phone app. [Read more…]