Statement from NCBA president regarding Senate passage of 2013 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate in a 66 to 27 vote passed the 2013 Farm Bill (S. 954) on June 10. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Scott George, a dairy and beef producer from Cody, WY, issued the following statement on the passage of the legislation:
“NCBA is very pleased with today’s passage of the 2013 Farm Bill by the Senate. We commend both Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-MS) for their leadership on this very important piece of legislation. Cattlemen and women have been asking Congress to pass a farm bill which not only provides certainty for agricultural producers nationwide, but also incorporates priorities [Read more…]

National Grange releases comment on passage of Senate Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On June 11, the National Grange released a statement regarding the 66-27 passage of the Senate’s Farm Bill, saying while hopeful we now wait again on the House for action on the nearly $1 trillion piece of legislation that affects every American directly or indirectly.
“While we’re happy that the Senate passed their version of the Farm Bill, we can’t help but feel a slight sense of deja vu. Last June we saw the Senate pass their version of the Farm Bill but the House didn’t even get theirs to the floor,” National Grange Legislative Director Grace Boatright said.
“I’m hopeful that the house will pass their version of the bill this month, but realistically, we are still a long way from getting American agriculture a full five-year Farm Bill,” Boatright said. “We all have to keep working to let our elected representatives know how important the Farm Bill is to producers and consumers.” [Read more…]

Fogarty Dairy Farm ~ Melrose, NY

CE-MR-3-Fogarty Dairy F#15Dby Katie Navarra
In two years, Fogarty’s Dairy Farm in Melrose, NY, will celebrate its centennial birthday. Established in 1916 by John Fogarty, the 200 acre farm has specialized in milking dairy cows. “He was milking by hand back then so 20 was probably the most he (my grandfather, John) could milk,” Bill Fogarty, third generation owner/operator of Fogarty’s Dairy Farm, said, “he also had work horses for planting and harvesting the crops.”
The Fogarty family immigrated to the United States from Ireland in the late 1800’s and settled on land a few miles down the road from the current Fogarty’s Dairy Farm. John, Bill’s grandfather, left the original family homestead and purchased land of his own for $9,300. “When we remodeled the house, we found the original, hand-written deed to the property in a drawer,” Kathy, Bill’s wife, said. [Read more…]

Strolling of the Heifers

Over 50 heifers adorned in garlands were led in the 12th annual Strolling of the Heifers that occurred on Saturday, June 8 in Brattleboro, VT. Mules, Morgans, tractors, clowns, alpacas and marching bands dressed in cow costumes took part, cheered by viewers approximately 50,000 strong who lined the streets of Brattleboro from Flat Street to the town common, almost a mile away. Festivities started on Friday with a Mardi Gras Street Festival and Gallery Walk. [Read more…]

Agritourism at Liberty Hill Farm

CN-MR-3-Agritourism 2by Jane Primerano
On a long farm lane in the shadow of the Green Mountain National Park, a couple of city kids enjoyed the pleasure of a tire swing and kittens in the hayloft.
Their mother, Norah, said the kids were given a choice between the farm and the beach for a late summer mini-vacation and picked the farm.
For the kids — Brennan and Mariah McVeigh of New York City — Liberty Hill Farm is the vacation of choice.
“Cows, kittens, people, food,” Brennan, 12, and Mariah, 8, listed as what they like about the farm they have been visiting every year since Mariah was a baby.
“I do make great pancakes,” Beth Kennett said. [Read more…]