Selling Local Agriculture

CN-MR-2-CT AG1by George Looby, DVM

The Third Annual Connecticut Agriculture Commission Conference was held on April 5 at EastConn located in Hampton, CT.

Chairman John Gudskowski opened the Conference with words of welcome to those in attendance and then introduced Commissioner of Agriculture Steven Revizcky who gave the audience an update on some of the happenings in his department. He noted that Connecticut has experienced a 22 percent increase in the number of farms since the time of the last survey and a significant increase in the acreage under cultivation. New England as a region has undergone a significant increase in both areas but not as dramatic as that which has taken place in Connecticut. Nationally the number of farms has declined by 4 percent. The commissioner went on to say that the Governor’s Council for Agricultural Development is now functioning as originally designed and is making significant contributions. [Read more…]

It’s still a horse

CM-MR-3-ITSSTILLAHORSE1by Sally Colby

There’s no doubt that miniature horses are growing in popularity, and for good reason: they require less space than full-sized horses, and can keep the average horse owner busy with both serious competition and leisure activities.

Carla DuRand, who raises miniature horses with her mother Linda Palmer in Gettysburg, PA, says that although it’s easy to think of miniature horses in much the same way as a large dog, it’s important to remember that except for size, minis have all of the traits of full-size horses. [Read more…]

Developing a grassed waterway

CEW-MR-3-Grassed waterw#1C0by Sally Colby

Soil and water are among any farm’s most valuable resources, but the two don’t always make the ideal combination. Water in the form of runoff is a powerful force, and can remove significant amounts of soil from agricultural land. To solve the problem of runoff and to protect soil, water can be effectively diverted to a desirable location by means of grassed waterways. [Read more…]

Central NY 2014 Dairy Day ~ looking to the future

CEW-MR-2-Dairy Dayby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Are robotic milkers in your dairy’s future? What are your options for installing low-cost milking parlors on your farm? How can you economically transition from a tie stall to a free stall with a low-cost milking parlor? Can you make your dairy more profitable? These were questions that speakers, including Cornell’s ProDairy program financial analyst Jason Karszes, ProDairy’s Kathy Barrett and University of Wisconsin, Professor of Biological Systems Engineering David Kammel, addressed at Central New York’s 2014 Dairy Day. [Read more…]