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…]
It takes a lot to distract attention in North Carolina in October from the state fair. But this year, Hurricane Matthew managed to do it. By the time that the fairgrounds had been cleared of debris and the fair opened, five days after Matthew had struck on Oct. 8, the evidence of the storm was largely gone in Raleigh.
But to the east, downstream flooding had brought farming and indeed most normal commerce to a halt, and the water problems were still going on when the fair closed on Oct. 23. [Read more…]
Farm Credit East is a major source of financing and support services to the agricultural community in the northeast. Many in the dairy industry rely on its services as a source of both long and short term financing to insure that their operations are as financially efficient as market conditions allow. It will come as no surprise to anyone that dairy farming has ridden the waves of market turmoil for many years. [Read more…]
Cliff Hawbaker is a sixth generation dairy farmer, and after trying just about everything as he built his dairy business, he and his wife Maggie have settled on what works best for them.
The Hawbakers recently hosted a tour for the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA) at their farm, Hamilton Heights Dairy, in Chambersburg, PA. [Read more…]