In some ways, making maple syrup is the simplest process in the world. You stick a spigot in a tree, hang a bucket from it, boil off the water, filter out the sediment and there you have it; the sweet nectar of the gods. It’s a process that requires no questioning, no redesigning, no tinkering. That is, of course, unless you are Charlie Chase of Charlie’s Sugar House in Coventry, RI. [Read more…]
Representing Vermont in sheep events, held Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, were Jarod and Raymond Bushey, both from Addison; Rebecca Moriarty of Jericho; and Gabrielle and Riley Ochs and Siri Swanson, all from Orwell. Bridget Denio of Waterford, and Lillie Tuckerman from South Woodstock, participated in dairy goat contests, Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
“What we do today, impacts what we’ll have tomorrow,” Glen Brunkow, a farmer who narrates the recently released video from the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), says in the clip. “Technology plays a huge part in sustainability.”
The animated video, aimed at introducing consumers to the benefits of today’s agriculture via a brief cartoon, talks about global positioning systems (GPS), technology to track livestock activity, irrigation improvements to help conserve water, and the use of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. [Read more…]
Fiber enthusiasts from all over New England came together for the seventh annual Fiber Festival that took place Nov. 5-6 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. The event is put together each year by the New England Sheep and Wool Growers Association (NESWGA) in order to promote the use of wool and other natural fibers and related products to the general public. [Read more…]
DOSWELL, VA — The Oct. 1 State Fair of Virginia Youth Livestock Sale of Champions raised $73,875 to support the fair’s long-standing commitment to youth.
“The Sale of Champions not only helps fund the fair’s scholarship program but also affords an opportunity to showcase the hard work and achievement of our youth livestock exhibitors,” said Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe, the fair’s executive director. “More than 300 young people exhibited livestock at the 2016 fair, and we believe the skills they develop while raising and showing animals will serve them—and Virginia agriculture—for years to come.” [Read more…]
A crowd of farmers took time from busy fall harvest schedules to attend a manure field day in Washington County, Maryland, and they weren’t disappointed. Retired dairy extension agent Stan Fultz opened the day with an introduction to the featured topic — manure injection.
“Many of you have been incorporating manure,” said Fultz. [Read more…]
GREENE, NY – “I believe passionately in the power of grassroots engagement,” said author Joan Blades.
In the heart of dairy country, Chenango County’s Farm Bureau President, Bradd Vickers is also an enthusiastic promoter of grassroots policy development and local decision-making, as he invited fellow farmers, friends and legislators to participate in their 61st annual meeting. [Read more…]
Since its inception in 1980 as a small gathering for sheep breeders, the New York Sheep and Wool Festival has swelled to accommodate hundreds of vendors and an estimated 30,000 visitors from all over the world. Today, NY Sheep and Wool is one of the largest wool-related festivals in the Eastern U.S. The event, presented by the Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association, was held Oct. 15 through 16 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY. [Read more…]