New Canton farmer named Virginia’s Farmer of the Year

CM-RP-1-New Canton farmer 1Virginia Cooperative Extension recognized Berkley Linwood “Lin” Jones of New Canton, VA, as Virginia Farmer of the Year at the State Fair of Virginia on Oct. 2. The award applauds individual contributions to the commonwealth’s agricultural industry.
A farmer for 33 years, Jones operates Berk-Mar Farm, primarily as a beef producer with a herd of 200 Angus-Gelbvieh cross cows. His work in improving beef genetics, saving money on mineral feed supplements, and using cooperative, value-added marketing of beef calves has gained nationwide attention while adding countless dollars to the value of cattle sold from his farm and other beef farms in Buckingham County. [Read more…]

Merrymead Farm

CM-MR-3-Merrymead 3by Bill and Mary Weaver
Merrymead Farm, probably the closest working farm to Philadelphia, is an exceptional farm run by the Rothenberger family. Milking 100 cows, and having the lowest somatic cell count in Pennsylvania for many, many years, Merrymead is also a Century Farm, as well as one of the top dairies in the country, producing National Quality Award Winning Milk.
In addition its owners are able to market 50 percent of their on-farm processed milk at their farm store, and the other 50 percent, with Merrymead’s label, to four upscale co-ops that make a circle around Philadelphia. [Read more…]

NYCAMH celebrates 25 years

CEW-MR-4-NYCAMH 3by Emily Enger
The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) celebrated their 25th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 19 at The Carriage House in Oneonta, NY. The event included a catered dinner, live music, and speeches. Local band ‘Eleemosynavy’ — which means “pertaining to charity” — serenaded guests and concluded the night with country dancing lessons.
NYCAMH began when two men — Dr. David Pratt and Dr. John May — were working as pulmonologists together at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY. A young farmer came in with fever and coughing, among other symptoms. [Read more…]

Inspiring passionate employees

CEW-MR-1-Inspiring employees4by Steven E Smith
To be successful at farming requires a number of different skills and abilities. Many farmers are natural self-starters who use their initiative and passionate commitment to the many tasks at hand on a farm as their hallmark for success. If they expand their farm, these farm business owners have to confront the challenge of inspiring a similar amount of knowledge and passionate work ethic in employees who work for them. Sometimes it is wise to consider the practices of others professional leaders in different industries to gain valuable perspective on how they accomplished the task of inspiring others.
For John Doherty, who had a 23-year career as the Executive Chef of the Waldorf Astoria, leadership in the business of hotel restaurant management was born from his personal passion for the business and rearing by his development of an understanding of how to find and encourage people who possess a similar love for their work. Doherty cooked for more presidents, heads of state and royalty than any other chef in the nation. He has been featured on MSNBC’s Today Show, PBS’s At the Chef’s Table, as well as many more appearances on the Food Network, A&E and the Travel Channel. [Read more…]