Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony on April 25 at the Supreme Court building. The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 on April 24. After Secretary Perdue took the oath of office, he addressed employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) before getting to work. On April 25, USDA launched his official Twitter handle: @SecretarySonny. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
The Fruit Growers Associations of Rhode Island and Massachusetts held their first combined twilight meeting of the season on April 20, 2017 at Phantom Farms, Cumberland, RI. The focus of the evening was options for controlling weeds in apple orchards and other perennial fruit crops. [Read more…]
Dr. Stephen Purdy is an adjunct associate professor of animal science at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Purdy also heads the Nunoa Project, an organization which provides education and support for alpaca farmers, students and veterinarians in both the U.S. and Peru. [Read more…]
Veterinarian Dr. Jessica Scillieri Smith, of Quality Milk Services in New York, says when it comes to foul ups in milking systems, there’s usually more going on than just the milking system.
“When we look at the herd to work on problems and trouble-shoot, we like to look at everything,” she said. “If a farmer says, ‘I think it’s the milking system’, more often than not there’s more than one thing going on.” [Read more…]
Rain, sleet, snow and wind buffeted Keene, NH on Saturday, March 25, but you wouldn’t have guessed it from the laughter and smiling faces of the contestants and attendees at Stonewall Farm’s 18th Annual Sap Gathering Contest. [Read more…]
The Raucher family at Heritage Farm in Easthampton, MA, bought and sold horses for three generations.
Marie and Jerry Raucher were the first generation at the farm. Marie passed away on Jan. 20, 2017. Jerry passed away in 2003. Their love of horses carries on through their children by selling horses at auctions, offering them for riding and supplying 40 to 50 horses for summer camps. [Read more…]
by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
The best of dairy breeds including Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, Guernseys, Jerseys, Holsteins and Milking Shorthorns from several states congregated in the Toyota Coliseum on New York State Fairgrounds at Syracuse, for the four-day, NY 2017 Spring Dairy Carousel; known as the most prestigious and largest spring show in the northeast. [Read more…]
by Paul Burdziakowski
Those who attended the 2017 North American Alpaca Show (NAAS) from March 31 to April 2 were treated to not just one, but three separate events under the roof of the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. The two additional shows included as part of this year’s package were the Northeast Alpaca Expo (NEAE) and the Bay State Small Breeders Blast (BSSBB). [Read more…]