In the agriculture community, it’s not hard to find examples of folks “giving forward” in ways that make America great. One such example was to be found in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley this past winter and spring. The Rockingham Feeder Calf Association organized two cattle drives through the Heifers for South Dakota (HSD) project to help replenish losses and lift the spirits of fellow ranchers nearly 2,000 miles away after the unexpected pre-season Winter Storm Atlas devastated ranches along Highway 34 into the Black Hills region during the first week of October. [Read more…]
Good weed control leads to stronger plants, higher crop yields and higher farm profits. “Effective weed control starts with proper identification,” said Dr. Richard Bonanno, UMass Extension and GAP Educator, at a recent pesticide-training workshop held in Warwick, RI. He recommended growers verify weed ID using the “New England Vegetable Management Guide” or a good a field guide.
Growers should note weeds, treatments and weather each season and use past years’ notes to determine likely locations and times for outbreaks. Scout potential trouble sites to verify the need for treatment. For peak effectiveness, apply just enough of the right treatment at the weed’s most vulnerable life stage. [Read more…]
Corning East High School, in Corning, NY, won the American Dairy Association’s “Just Say Cheese” school menu recipe contest with their entry, Kickin’ Buffalo Mac & Cheese. For their efforts, the school received a recent visit from Sean Landeta, two-time Super Bowl champion and former National Football League player for the New York Giants.
Getting children to eat can be challenging at home, let alone at school. To get more children to participate in school meals, American Dairy Association asked school districts to get creative with cheese in its “Just Say Cheese” contest. The versatility and nutritional value of cheese helps schools serve meals that are healthy, appealing and popular with students — and sells more cheese for dairy farmers. [Read more…]
For nearly 50 years, many dairy farmers have been waiting for some reputable sources to document and tell the truth about the real value of milk and list the reasons why the average American consumer should consume more milk and dairy products.
It makes you wonder where the advertising experts and research people have been. These are the ones that dairy farmers diligently continue to fund.
On June 23, the large Time magazine carried an eight page article concerning the safety of using milk and milk products. (yes, I said Time magazine!) The article was composed by Mr. Bryan Walsh. Walsh starts his article by saying “Don’t blame fat.” For decades, it has been the most vilified nutrient in the American diet. But new science reveals fat isn’t what is hurting our health. [Read more…]
On June 9, 2010 my friend, grazing customer, mentor and fiercely independent farmer, David Huse tragically died when his tractor and mower were hit by a car on his way to help a neighbor.
At his funeral I recollect writing this passage: “A large, skylight provided a mottled scene over my friend’s casket, as I sat in the pew at St. Vincent de Paul’s Church in Cobleskill clutching a little farmscape card with the 23rd Psalm on it. I heard and felt the words from the pastor and David’s brothers, all the while looking up at the view of the sky in an attempt to hold in all the emotion I was feeling. It was during the singing of Amazing Grace that I noticed the portal filled with sun, shining through a crystal clear blue sky. My eyes and heart couldn’t hold back the flood.” [Read more…]