Artisan cheesemaker speaks out on FSMA impacts

CN-MR-3-Artisan cheesemaker 3by Sanne Kure-Jensen
Small farmers everywhere will be impacted by Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules. In a recent webinar, Lori Babcock, co-owner of Tieton Farm & Creamery in Tieton, WA described the devastating impact of large Food & Drug Administration (FDA) fees and FSMA recordkeeping burdens on her livestock farms and dairy. She shared her concerns in a webinar called “FSMA — Its Impact on Artisan Cheesemakers” hosted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) Office of Compliance & Outreach. [Read more…]

Andersonville Dairy opens farm as part of Cabot open farm day

CN-MR-3-Andersonville 1by Bethany M. Dunbar
WEST GLOVER, VT — About 130 people from northern Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and as far away as Italy, took advantage of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative open farm at the Andersonville Dairy in October.
This year Mark Rodgers led tours almost continually from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rodgers is on the board of directors of Agri-Mark, the farmer-owned cooperative that is the parent company of Cabot.
It was one of 49 farms around New England to open its doors to the public that day. Other open farms in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont were Missisquoi Valley Farm (the Coutures) in Westfield, Emergo Farm in Danville and Molly Brook Farm in West Danville. [Read more…]

Connecticut hosts Northeast Holstein Convention

CN-MR-1-Connecticut 1by Lorraine Strenkowski
The 2013 New England States Holstein Convention was held in Connecticut Oct. 25-27 and was hosted by the Connecticut Holstein Association. The event was geared toward the junior members and graced with superb weather for the farm tours. The Holiday Inn in Norwich, CT provided the home base for the convention, which included the annual meetings for the New England Holstein Association as well as the New England Junior Holstein Club. The 2013 New England Fall Classic Tag Sale was also incorporated into the event. [Read more…]

Hamrick keeps cotton tradition alive in Cleveland County

CM-MR-3-Hamrick 1by Karl H. Kazaks
SHELBY, NC — Max Hamrick freely describes the cotton gin he and his partner Sammy Thompson operate as “antique.”
At its heart are three Continental 90-saw gin stands from the early 1950s. The partners (which for many years included Hamrick’s brother Robert, until he retired) have been operating the gin since the mid-1970s. If everything is going well, they can gin five bales an hour. [Read more…]