Franklin County Farm Bureau’s Inaugural Tractor Ride

CN-MR-36-3-Inaugural-Franklin1-Country-8229by Laura Rodley

The weather was perfect for haying; dry and sunny, with a couple consecutive days beyond for drying the cut grass. But David Freeman had something else in mind for his 1958 Ford Workmaster tractor. He unhitched it in the morning and rode it in the Franklin County Farm Bureau (FCFB)’s Inaugural Tractor Ride, joining 21 other tractors for the June 25 event. And he still planned on haying that afternoon, despite the 30-mile ride back and forth from his hometown in Heath, MA to nearby the Hilltowns. [Read more…]

62nd AHANE “Big Money” show helps riders qualify for Region 16 Championship

CN-MS-46-1-Horse-Showby Paul Burdziakowski

The Arabian Horse Association of New England (AHANE) held their 62nd annual show June 30 through July 2 at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA. The three-day event qualifies many New England riders for the Region 16 Championship in Syracuse, NY.

The AHANE is a regional club in New England, which is a part of the larger national association known as the Arabian Horse Association (AHA). The AHANE was formed in 1954 to encourage breeding, exhibiting and promotion of the Arabian Horse. [Read more…]

Organic Valley ~ 100 percent grassfed milk

CE-MR-1-22-Organic-Valley541by Christopher Wren

Recently, Organic Valley provided a visit to Stone Mill Dairy located near Hamilton, NY. Stone Mill Dairy, owned and operated by David and Michelle Stratton, is one of 17 dairy farms in Pennsylvania and New York that have joined the Organic Valley Cooperative as Grassmilk® suppliers. These farmers are producing 100 percent grassfed milk for use in the company’s Grassmilk products. [Read more…]

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) claiming horses, states encourage vaccination

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has confirmed the first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a Virginia horse this year. The horse, from Suffolk, was a Saddlebred mare. She exhibited symptoms on June 22 and was euthanized June 23.

In North Carolina, a Pitt County quarter horse has been confirmed as having died after contracting EEE. The disease is a mosquito-borne and preventable in equine by vaccination. [Read more…]

American Farm Bureau supports national GMO pre-emption bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Farm Bureau Federation is supporting proposed U.S. Senate legislation that establishes federal pre-emption of state laws that mandate labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients.

The AFBF has maintained that, unchecked, such laws have the potential to become “an unruly patchwork” of state-by-state legislation.

The bill acts “to stop the expansion of state laws that threaten interstate marketing and effectively ignore science,” explained AFBF President Zippy Duvall on June 28. [Read more…]