Training real estate agents to better serve their farm clients

by George Looby, DVM

As has been stated many times in recent years, the services, facilities and support programs available to new, young and start up farmers has expanded remarkably, making career transitions into agriculture far smoother than they would have encountered not that many years ago. The mindset of those closely involved at the support level has done an almost complete turn around in the last decade to one that finds itself eager to provide assistance in a wide variety of ways to those in the start-up mode. [Read more…]

Boost sales at fall farmers markets

CM-MR-2-BOOST-SALES-031by Sanne Kure-Jensen

As days grow shorter and nights grow cooler, many growers see their largest harvests of the year. Be sure to sell that bountiful harvest at its freshest. UVM Extension’s Mary Peabody, Director of the Women’s Agricultural Network and UVM Extension Specialist in Community Resources and Economic Development offers growers these useful tools to liven up their market booths, draw in customers and boost sales. [Read more…]

Whole farm nutrient balance

CW-MR-1-Nutrient-Balance11What is whole farm nutrient balance?

Nutrient management is a process of planning for manure and fertilizer applications to individual crop fields. Whereas whole farm nutrient balance considers the location and flow of nutrients onto, within and off the entire farm. Whole farm nutrient balance involves taking a step back and also comparing the amount of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) and other nutrients entering the farm as purchased feed, fertilizer, animals etc. with the amount of nutrients leaving the farm as milk, animals, crops, manure exports to other farms, etc. Such a comparison can help in determining the economic and environmental impacts of nutrient management on dairy and livestock farms. [Read more…]

Farmers and Wildlife: finding the balance

CEW-MR-1-Farmers-and-wildlife11by Tamara Scully

Wherever wildlife has interfered with man, we’ve seen the decline of targeted species. Wolves, coyotes, bear, mountain lion and other higher-level predators have all historically suffered a reduction in their natural ranges when their presence has caused livestock or crop losses. And, as the loss of forested and farmland acreage has accelerated across the country, remaining populations have been put in closer and closer contact with human activities, particularly in the densely populated portions of the Northeast. [Read more…]

American Dairy Association & Dairy Council District 5 reports steady sales in fluid milk

CE-MR-2-ADADC11by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“This is the first year in 40 years that there has not been a decline in fluid milk sales,” reported District 5 State Director Terri Phillips at the American Dairy Association & Dairy Council (ADADC) annual banquet and meeting.

Phillips, who has held the position of State Director for three years, commented that all of the State directors on the board of the ADADC are farmers and understand the “trials and tribulations” that farmers face daily. [Read more…]