Northeast livestock expo this weekend

bg_mwif.jpgKid’s Day participation more than doubles

AUGUSTA – The Northeast Livestock Expo will celebrate its ninth year May 16-18 at the Windsor Fairgrounds in Windsor, Maine. Thanks to a Maine AG in the Classroom transportation grant, Kid’s Day (May 16) is expected to draw more than 1,300 K-6 students, more than double last year’s attendance. For three days, the Expo will showcase a variety of livestock. The public is welcome; there is no admission fee.  [Read more…]

NY Farm Bureau Feasts promote agriculture and raise funds for education

CEW-MR-3-NYFB Feast2aby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

New York Farm Bureau Foundation for Agricultural Education, Inc. hosted fundraising feasts in both the eastern and western part of the state, raising funds to promote agriculture awareness in schools across the State.

“As agriculture is essential to our lives, so is education essential to the future life of agriculture,” said Sandra Prokop, Managing Director for the Foundation. “The funds raised will support agricultural programs, projects, tools and resources created and available through the Foundation that are available and used in every county throughout New York State.” [Read more…]

Biosecurity is key to managing PEDv and SDCv

CN-2-PEDv1by Sally Colby

When PEDv, or porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, first made the news, industry officials were quick to act. However, since experts had almost no experience in dealing with the disease, there was a lot of groundwork to cover before organizations could provide sound information to producers.

PEDv was first identified in England in 2013, and spread throughout Europe and Asia before being confirmed in the Midwest in spring of 2013. Since then, the disease has been confirmed in 30 states. [Read more…]

Nettle Meadow Farm

CE-MR-2-Nettle Meadow173by Sally Colby

Sheila Flanagan and Lorraine Lambiase had a couple of Nigerian goats when they were both working in the legal profession in California. “We really enjoyed them,” said Sheila, adding that one of her favorite pastimes was checking out farms around the country. “We always thought we’d make a major break but didn’t think we really would.”

When the two found a New York farm that seemed just right, they decided to take the plunge. “We really liked the farm and the cheeses that they were developing,” said Sheila. “We drove across the country, signed the papers and Lorraine was milking goats the next morning. It was huge leap of faith, but looking back 10 years later, we’re very happy that we did it.” [Read more…]