UNH Research: Crop rotation boosts soil microbes, benefits plant growth

Project seeks to address issues of agricultural intensification

DURHAM, NH — In the first study of its kind, new research from the University of New Hampshire shows that crop rotations, in isolation from other management factors, can increase the functions performed by soil microbial communities that benefit plant growth. The study was conducted by researchers with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station. [Read more…]

Breakfast on the Farm brings community together to spend a day in the life of a dairy farmer

Nea-Tocht Farm in Ferrisburg, VT Holds First Free Breakfast and Farm Tour

FERRISBURG, VT — Hundreds of people experienced a day in the life of a dairy farmer and got a delicious meal at Vermont’s first Breakfast on the Farm on Saturday, Aug. 22 at Nea-Tocht Farm in Ferrisburg, VT.
The free, public event included a pancake breakfast served from 9 a.m. to noon, self-guided tours of the dairy farm and a peek into the life and business of dairy farming in Vermont where 63 percent of the milk in New England is produced, according to USDA data.
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E & J Scott Orchards ~ diversifying with Irish Dexter cattle

CN-MR-3-E-J-SCOTT-CATTLE_0231by Laura Rodley

BUCKLAND, MA — When Edward Scott was a boy growing up in Ashfield, MA his family’s farm had an apple orchard, chickens and cows. He became well known for his gift of working with apple trees. “The kids would pick apples when the other apple pickers were away at war,” said his daughter, Donna Scott. Her mother, Janice, and Edward attended the same school. “During WWII, the high school closed and students went out to help farmers. Apples were a big crop in this area, a way farmers got money. They’d pick apples in the fall and ship them.” [Read more…]

Lehigh County farmer recognized for commitment to water quality

CM-RP-2-WATER-QUALITY-AWARD_0945a1State Conservation Commission, Department of Environmental Protection present clean water farm award

NEW SMITHVILLE, PA — State officials visited Lehigh County to honor a family farm for its investments to improve water quality. Joel Loch, a fourth generation dairy farmer in Weisenberg Township, received a 2015 Clean Water Farm award from the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts. Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission Executive Director Karl Brown and Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary for Water Management Kelly Heffner presented him with the award. They then toured the operation, viewing the best management practices firsthand. [Read more…]

Sunny Hill Farms Belgians

CM-MR-1-Sunny-Hill-Belgians98871by Bill and Mary Weaver

One of the highlights at the Main Horse Arena at Ag Progress Days 2015 was the 6-horse-hitch team of high stepping Belgians from Sunny Hill Farms in Myerstown, PA. Ken and Karen Sandoe have been showing these towering draft horses for more than 17 years. [Read more…]