State 4-H livestock educator earns Distinguished Service Award

CN-RP-14-1--State4-imgBURLINGTON, VT – Wendy Sorrell, the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H livestock educator, is the Vermont recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA).

Sorrell received the award on July 27 at a special banquet at the NACAA’s annual meeting and professional improvement conference in Little Rock, AR. The award was presented to her by Cynthia Gregg, president of NACAA. [Read more…]

A trail riding fitness program

CW-MR-40-1-Trail-riding-fitness21by Marilyn Munzert

Trying to do too much too fast will put you behind your goal, not ahead of it.

Taking a shortcut to complete a task or get somewhere in a hurry, only to have it take longer is an example of why cutting corners rarely pays off. This is important to understand when conditioning a horse for the demands of trail riding. [Read more…]

Farmer-Veteran Coalition boosts beginning farmers in Maine

CN-MR-48-3-Farmer-Veteran3by Sally Colby

After he retired from military service, Jerry Ireland thought he was going to leave the rest of the world behind and do his own thing. But four years after starting a farm in Belfast, Maine, Ireland says that the farm is becoming an example for other veterans. And as someone who had never farmed a day in his life, Ireland says although the agricultural life isn’t easy, anyone who wants to can do it. [Read more…]

What’s been working for organic farmers?

CW-MR-2-Organic-Farmers585by Steve Wagner

Elvin Ranck, a Mifflintown, Juniata County farmer, says when he started switching from conventional farming methods to organic, it was 1986. Ranck was the lead-off speaker at the two-day Organic Valley/Organic Prairie/CROPP Cooperative ‘Balancing for Profit’ Agronomy School. At that time, he said, he never thought that Pennsylvania would be supporting organic like they are today. [Read more…]

Youths compete for championships at annual state 4-H Dairy Show

CN-RP-24-2-state-4-H-dairy-show-duoLYNDONVILLE, VT — Several 4-H’ers came away from the State 4-H Dairy Show, Aug. 15, as champions, earning rosette ribbons in fitting and showmanship and conformation contests.

The well-attended show took place at the Caledonia County Fairgrounds in Lyndonville with more than 60 youths, ages 11 to 18, from 11 counties showing dairy animals. University of Vermont (UVM) Extension organized the event, which also included a team clipping competition and grilled cheese-making contest. [Read more…]