Training real estate agents to better serve their farm clients

by George Looby, DVM

As has been stated many times in recent years, the services, facilities and support programs available to new, young and start up farmers has expanded remarkably, making career transitions into agriculture far smoother than they would have encountered not that many years ago. The mindset of those closely involved at the support level has done an almost complete turn around in the last decade to one that finds itself eager to provide assistance in a wide variety of ways to those in the start-up mode. [Read more…]

Johnson named 2015 A.C. “Whitie” Thomson Memorial Award winner

CN-MR-1-Johnson-Whitie49261The 2015 A.C. “Whitie” Thomson Memorial Award was presented to Jason Johnson of Woodstock, VT, during the Supreme Champion Ceremony at World Dairy Expo on Saturday, Oct. 3. This annual award is presented by the “Whitie” Thomson family to a herdsman or showman who exhibits exemplary leadership and sportsmanship throughout World Dairy Expo. [Read more…]

The Big E 2015

CN-MR-3-BIG-E-2971by Laura Rodley

The Big E is a major sleight of hand in organizing. During the week, each set of animals are led in, judged, and then moved out so the next set can move in.

In the sheep department over 800 meat sheep were judged from Friday to Tuesday, according to Nancy Miniter who mans the sheep desk. After much pondering and discussion by the judges, the winner of Supreme Champion Ram was Evan Syme of South Windsor, CT, with a Polled Dorset lamb out of the champions of every breed that had won over the last few days. After the meat sheep breeds and their owners moved out, the wool sheep moved in.   [Read more…]

The 4th Annual Farmstead Fair

CN-MR-2-FAIRSTEAD-FAIR_greenhouse1by George Looby, DVM

The Creative Living Community of Connecticut (CLCC) presented its 4th annual Farmstead Fair on the grounds of the Tolland County Agricultural Center on RT 20 in Vernon, CT recently. This organization’s goal is to create shared, inclusive living experience for individuals with and without developmental disabilities. [Read more…]