Food processing workshop

CN-MR-2-FOOD-PROCESSING011by George Looby, DVM

The recent upsurge in consumer interest in produce grown nearby has prompted a similar interest in farm-grown processed foods such as jams, jellies, honey and maple syrup. These products bring a diversity to farm stands and farmers markets that is likely to result in increased sales. Realizing the need the combined Extension Services, UConn and the University of Rhode Island have developed a program to assist those with an interest in selling home grown processed foods at their stands and markets. The program, entitled “Processing Food for sale from your Connecticut on-farm kitchen” was held on April 15 and 16, 2015 at the Middlesex County Extension Center in Haddam, CT. [Read more…]

All in a day’s work

CN-MS-MR-3-DAYS-WORK_16471by Laura Rodley

Veterinarian Rose Paddock celebrates her first anniversary of working with Amherst based Dr. Frederick Hess on May 25. They treat only large animals, horses, cows, sheep and goats. “I attended calls with him for one day and then he kicked me out on my own, a little bit of a quick transition,” laughed Dr. Paddock. The 30-year old South Deerfield, MA resident was ready, having worked two years in Michigan after attending Cornell University as an undergrad, then Veterinarian School at Purdue University. “I love working with horses and cows and their owners and being outside,” she said “being a large animal vet is one of the most rewarding careers out there and I love it.” [Read more…]

Combating antibiotic resistant bacteria

CN-MR-1-COMBATING-BACTERIA1by George Looby, DVM

For years the critical question of antibiotic resistant bacteria and it’s relationship to the health and welfare of the general population has been debated and discussed at a variety of levels. Now the question has reached the highest level of government prompting President Barak Obama to issue an Executive Order to thoroughly study the problem. This order would appear to signal a significant shift in the thinking of those who have long been involved in studying the problem. For decades the addition of antibiotics to animal feed has been an accepted practice defended by animal scientists as having little or no impact on the possibility of antibiotic resistance. [Read more…]