Virginia 4-H nets several wins at national livestock contests

CM-RP-1-VA-4H-WINNERS1-1BLACKSBURG, VA — The Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging and the Virginia 4-H Livestock Skillathon Team placed first and third at the recent North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY. The event is the world’s largest purebred livestock show.

The Livestock Judging Team competed against 34 other teams in the 91st National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest and was high team overall with 2,525 points, followed by teams from Illinois and Georgia, respectively. The first-place finish as the 2015 National Champion 4-H Livestock Judging Team makes the members eligible to represent the U.S. in next year’s Royal Highland Show in Scotland, along with the second-place and third-place teams. [Read more…]

Food Safety Modernization Act: Finalized

by Tamara Scully

It’s been almost three years since the original proposed Rules for Produce Safety and the Preventative Controls for Human Food, both portions of the 2011 Food Safety and Modernization Act, designed to prevent food-borne illnesses, were unveiled. Since that time, stakeholder input has led to re-evaluation and clarification of several provisions in both of these rules. Final FSMA regulations include some key changes from the original proposals. [Read more…]

Confined space hazards on the farm

CEW-MR-2-CONFINED-SPACE911by Steve Wagner

“My day job is a nurse,” said Sandy Reyburn, the District 3 Representative of the PA Farm Bureau’s Women’s Committee. She was speaking at a PFB annual meeting seminar that focused on confined special hazards, “I see multiple things that come past me and I can’t stress enough how important safety is, how we have to be prepared on our family farms.” [Read more…]

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…]