Agency of Ag Issues Winter Reminder to Farmers

Winter Manure Spreading Ban Begins December 15th

Winter requires farmers to operate with great care and also abide by season-specific rules.

“Winter presents all of us with weather-related challenges, but for farmers, there is a heightened need for vigilance,” according the Chuck Ross, Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture. “Safety, stewardship practices, and advance-planning must remain top-of-mind for all our farmers this winter.” [Read more…]

Woodbury FFA members bring home the gold at national competition

CN-RP-4-WOODBURY-FFA-MEA1TThe Woodbury FFA (For the Future of Agriculture) chapter located at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury sent 45 students and graduates to the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY recently. Because the Woodbury FFA members won first place in seven different state FFA judging contests during the past school year, there are 45 students from the Woodbury chapter who earned the opportunity to represent the chapter and the state at the National FFA competition held recently in Louisville, KY. The Woodbury Chapter is the only chapter in the nation, out of over 7,300 FFA chapters and over 620,000 FFA members nationwide, to send seven teams from one chapter to national competition in the same year. [Read more…]

Mountain Dairy in Mansfield takes first step toward preserving more than 700 acres of farmland

CN-RP-1-MOUNTAIN-DAIRY_MD11MANSFIELD, CT — More than 82 acres of one of the largest Connecticut dairy farms to produce, process and distribute its own milk has been permanently protected and will be forever available for agricultural production under the state’s Farmland Preservation Program.

The 243-year-old Stearns Farm in Mansfield, which sells its products under the Mountain Dairy brand, is also seeking approval to protect another 650 acres of its farm under the program, administered by the Department of Agriculture. [Read more…]

Introducing a new horse to your existing herd

CN-MR-1-New-horse38416by Paul Burdziakowski

In the last 25 years, modern day cowboy and horsemanship clinician, Ken McNabb has had approximately 4,000 head of horses under his care. As a result he has been able to gain a vast knowledge and experience when it comes to raising and training horses. It has become his life passion to share what he has learned with others through various clinics conducted around the country. McNabb held a clinic at the Equine Affaire at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA, where he spoke on the topic of introducing a new horse to an existing herd. Before beginning the topic McNabb emphasized that what he was about to share was only his opinion. It may not be the right way or the only way but it works for him. [Read more…]

Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture

by Katie Navarra

Nearly 14.3 percent of the total carrot crop acreage in the United States is grown in organic farming systems. “Carrots are a significant organic production vegetable component in U.S. agriculture,” said Micaela Colley, executive director and research education director for the Organic Seed Alliance.

Given the crop’s importance in organic agriculture, carrots are the focus of a nationwide project aimed at addressing critical needs of organic farmers. The collaborative includes researchers from around the country with specialties in multiple disciplines. The group is working together to develop and identify carrot varieties with improved nematode and disease resistance, increased nutritional value and flavor and improved weed competitiveness. [Read more…]