Holstein triplets born at Lampkin’s Dairy Farm

CEW-MR-2-Holstein triplets3aby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

This year Halloween surprised Laurie and Melvin Lampkin III with what turned out to be a trick and a treat all in one, when one of their Holsteins presented them with triplets — three adorable calves.

Laurie, who is primarily the caretaker of the calves at Lampkin’s Dairy Farm, was the first one to discover them. “She had them all on her own,” Laurie said. “I just went in and found them all together.” [Read more…]

The GMO controversy

CEWM-MR-2-The GMO 1by Steve Wagner
When freshman Pennsylvania legislator Mindy Fee became a state representative, she did so with an acute awareness of farming in her district. On Nov. 7, this interest manifested itself in the form of a farmer’s breakfast held in Manheim. She was fortunate to get Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary George Greig to be the main speaker.

As the event got underway, Penn-Ag’s Jennifer Reed Harry gave a thumbnail presentation of some issues that resound with farmers, including GMOs. [Read more…]

Growing ancient grains: Value-added production

CEWM-MR-1-Ancient grains 1by Tamara Scully
The Organic Growers’ Research and Sharing Information Network (OGRIN), in conjunction with the Northeast Organic Farmers Association-NY, (NOFA-NY) and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), held a recent workshop on growing and processing grains. Farmer Elizabeth Dyck, founder and coordinator of OGRIN, addressed several dozen attendees interested in small scale grain production, and grain processing opportunities. [Read more…]

Fellowship of Christian Farmers keeps ECHOing its message

CF4-MR-6-ECHO story6cby Gary Elliott, Country Folks Assistant Editor

I knew that I was in for a working vacation that would fit me like a glove when the Lee Publications Outreach Committee selected me earlier this year to go on a Christian Mission Trip with the Fellowship of Christian Farmers International organization to the ECHO Global Demonstration Farm in Fort Myers, FL. [Read more…]

The NY Ayrshire Club announces scholarship winner

CEW-MR-NY Ayrshire (front page)The New York Ayrshire Club is pleased to announce that Samuel Starceski, as the 2013 calf scholarship recipient. Samuel is the 14-year-old son of Paul and Robin Starceski.  The Starceski family farm is in Sherman, NY. Samuel’s responsibilities on the family farm are to do the heifer barn chores. This consist of bedding, feeding and giving them water. He also helps with milking and feeding the calves in the hutches. Samuel has been a 4-H member for five years, he has shown dairy, goats and poultry at the Chautauqua County Fair. Samuel also participates in 4-H dairy judging and showmanship clinics. He has a great interest in hunting and trapping and helps teach elementary students at the annual Conservation Field Days. [Read more…]