The Livestock Institute of Southern New England

by Diana Mendes

A new USDA processing facility, The Livestock Institute of Southern New England (TLI) will break ground late spring 2016. The Institute will include a slaughterhouse, butcher shop, smokehouse and retail store to be centrally located in Westport, MA. TLI Board member David Brownell stated, “There is a huge demand for locally raised meat and the lack of local processing is holding the growth of livestock producers back. Farmers don’t want to drive four and a half hours to have livestock processed”. [Read more…]

Kids have “eggs-tra” fun time competing in poultry contests

CN-4H-1-Poultry-ski1llJOHNSON, VT — For 4-H members enrolled in the poultry project, March 5 was an “egg-citing” day as they competed for prizes at the annual University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H Poultry Quiz Bowl and Skill-a-thon at Johnson State College in Johnson.

The youths competed in groups based on their level of poultry knowledge. The top four finishers in each division received awards and prizes including poultry magazines and educational materials. [Read more…]

Training horses comes naturally for Cody Brown

CM-4-Cody-Brown14by Jennie Rucker

Around and around the pen went the horse, changing direction or changing its gait in response to subtle cues given by the rider on its back. Cody Brown was working hard, doing what comes very naturally to him, getting the best out of the horses under his care and training. This young man was really challenging the horse to perform, but doing it very patiently and persistently. Cody Brown is only 22 years old but he has been training horses since he was 13. [Read more…]

NY Farm Bureau 2016 Taste of NY Legislative Reception ~ Bigger than ever!

CE-MR-3-Taste-of-NY-14by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

FFA, 4-H and other agriculturally involved youth, and producers of every kind, showed up in full force to take part in NY Farm Bureau’s 2016 Taste of NY Legislative Reception in Albany, NY.

“We have a larger contingency of 4-H and the FFA than we’ve ever had in the past,” commented New York Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Education Managing Director Sandra Prokop. [Read more…]