Virginia Tech’s Shenandoah Valley Ag Research Station hosts field day

CM-MR-2-VT-SHEN-VALLEY-AG_1b1 by Karl H. Kazaks

RAPHINE, VA – Nearly 200 people attended the 2015 field day at Virginia Tech’s Shenandoah Valley Agriculture Research and Extension Center (AREC) at McCormick Farm recently. During the afternoon event, which culminated with dinner, researchers from throughout Virginia Tech and Virginia Extension’s broad team of scientists and researchers spoke about progress in their fields of study. [Read more…]

Three Day Master Food Preservation Workshop

CEW-MR-3-Food-preservation31by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Folks traveled from Boston, Connecticut, New York City, Rochester and many places in-between, to meet at SUNY Cobleskill’s Culinary Arts Lab to participate in Cornell Cooperative Extension’s ‘Three Day Master Food Preservation Workshop’ taught by Cornell Cooperative Extension Home Food Preservation experts Judy Price and Katherine Humphrey. [Read more…]

Central NY Beef Breeders looking to pool calves for December sale

CEW-MR-2-CNY-BEEF-BREEDERS-011by Branden Jaquays

Ron Maidens had been a dairy farmer the majority of his life, going into partnership with his brother Etsel in 1963. “When I started in the dairy business I didn’t know much, I was just a kid out of high school,” he fondly remembers, “I didn’t know anything, I had a good county agent and I was self taught.” Originally from West Virginia, Ron and his brother “farmed three states”, as he puts it – West Virginia, Pennsylvania and now New York. Ron and his wife raised 7 children, his brother, 5 — and they did it milking cows for nearly 50 years. [Read more…]