Advancing Eco Agriculture ~ Regenerative farming

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

John Kempf, founder and CEO of Advancing Eco Agriculture, presented an informational seminar focusing on methods of optimizing soil composition and nutrient application to achieve essential functional immunity and regeneration of plants.

“Healthy plants resist insects and disease,” Kempf stated, pointing out that these are not his original ideas, but that there is much documentation to back up this theory. [Read more…]

Mohawk Valley FFA hosts 13th annual Farm Toy Show

CE-MR-2-Mohawk FFA Toy Show2aby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Tractors, trucks, hay wagons and a vast variety of other toy farm equipment, including implements, bulldozers and bucket loaders covered the tables that 15 vendors had spread out, filling the gym at St. Johnsville’s high school on April 12.

The Mohawk Valley FFA was holding their 13th annual Farm Toy Show and fathers, sons, and grandfathers had all turned out for the event. [Read more…]

Deconstructing lameness in dairy cows

C4-MR-2-LAMENESSPart 1: hoof anatomy and how lameness happens

by Sally Colby

Dr. Ernest Hovingh, extension veterinarian, Penn State University, echoes what dairy farmers already know:  that lameness in dairy cattle is an important problem in the industry. In addition to affecting reproduction, milk production and overall health, lameness is a true animal welfare issue that must be addressed. [Read more…]

The answer is goat’s milk

CN-MR-3-The answer 1by Laura Rodley

Maribeth Ritchie of Sangha Farm in Plainfield, MA makes goat cheese: chevre, feta, brie, St. Jerome, cheddar and Trappist, and more. Feta sells so quickly she can’t keep it in stock at the Western Massachusetts stores where she and her husband Derek Ritchie deliver it.

In 2000, they raised and sold organic vegetables in Maine at their Sangha Farm, then relocated to Ashfield, MA, renting a 1600s era house and growing organic vegetables under animal power — two oxen, Moses and Abraham. That was 2004. [Read more…]

Wickwire Angus closes in on 50 years of breeding Wye-derived Angus

CM-MR-3-Wickwire Angus 2by Karl H. Kazaks

BULL CREEK, NC — Here in the mountains of western North Carolina, near his childhood home, David Freeman raises purebred Angus.

He spent some decades away, working in Northern Virginia as an engineer for Norfolk Southern, building the Angus herd he established in 1965.

The time away provided Freeman with many opportunities. Most importantly, in terms of his career as a cattleman, it gave him the chance to learn from Jim Lingle and Jim Reid of Wye Plantation. [Read more…]