“Happy and Healthy Chickens” photo contest winners announced

CM-RP-9-1-happy-and-he1althy-chickensDOVER, DE – The Delaware Department of Agriculture has announced the winners of its 2016 Happy and Healthy Chickens Photo Contest, celebrating the best snapshots of Delaware backyard poultry flocks. The winner, chosen from a field of nearly 100 photographs, was Weston Williams, 11, of Felton, for his photo “Proud Stance.” [Read more…]

Hemp: what’s the big deal?

CM-MR-44-2-Hemp8322by Sally Colby

Hemp has been grown as a crop for more than 12,000 years. “It’s one of the oldest cultivated species,” said Jeff Graybill, Lancaster County extension. “Most recently, it was a major crop in Kentucky before and during World War ll. During the war, it was difficult to get rope-type materials, so it was grown for fiber.” [Read more…]

Madison County’s Open Farm Day showcases rich diversity

CE-MR-5-Madison-Open-Farm-Day7by Troy Bishopp

MORRISVILLE, NY — It can be said that diversity enriches agriculture. This sentiment was a powerful draw to the over 5,000 visitors that participated in the 8th annual Open Farm Day throughout Madison County New York.

This year’s event organized by the Agricultural Economic Development Program at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County partnered with 38 farms and seven mobile extension specialists who provided a passport and mapping system to families interested in finding out more about their local farms and farmers. [Read more…]

Golden Acres Charolais Beef Farm ~ unique in Albany County

CE-MR-2-Golden-Acres1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Gerry Boone, owner at Golden Acres Charolais Beef Farm, located in southern Albany County near Westerlo, is practically a ‘one-man show’ — especially when his son Jack is away at college.

Boone’s wife, Dr. Laura Teeney, says Gerry is the farm’s “workforce.” [Read more…]

Highland Cattle: Love at first sight

CM-MR-44-3-Scottish-Highland-cattleby Bill and Mary Weaver

Gary and Caralyn Van Horn, owners of Hickory Meadow Farm, prize the Highland cattle they have been raising for the past 12 years on their farm in Mt. Pleasant Mills, PA. “I’ve never seen one sick. They thrive entirely on grass. I’ve never had to call a vet for a calving, or assist in a calving myself. I’ve never lost a cow during calving or had a stillborn calf. The only medicine they need is worming once a year. I’ve never had to advertise to sell them,” commented Gary. [Read more…]