The Cooperative Development Institute and the Maine Farm and Sea Cooperative

by George Looby, DVM

Cooperatives have long been a part of the marketing side of agriculture and in today’s complex world, Cooperative Development Institute (CDI), located in Shelburne Falls, MA is an organization that supports cooperative economy through the creation and development of successful cooperative enterprises and networks. The organization provides education, training and technical assistance to existing and start-up cooperatively-structured enterprises including those involved in food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries. [Read more…]

Schumer wants to cut costs for farmers seeking new equipment

GO-MR-2-Schumer-EQUIPMENT_11by Alex Huebner

For many farmers, especially small, family-owned operations, buying new equipment is not always economically feasible. This can present problems for farmers since they could be working off older equipment. This equipment can become unsafe and inefficient.If farmers were able to have more money in their tax returns, they could then put that money toward newer, safer vehicles and equipment.At a recent press conference at Hudson River Tractor Company in Fultonville, NY, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced plans to change federal tax incentives for farmers. His goal with these changes is to cut costs and raise profits for farmers across America.

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A Day with the FFA Judging Teams

CN-MR-3-FFA-JUDGING-Swine1by George Looby, DVM

On Tuesday, Nov. 23 the Farm Dept. of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, MA played host to four FFA livestock judging teams from across the state.

The four schools represented were the Essex Technical High School, Danvers, MA; the Norfolk School, Walpole, MA; the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, Northhampton, MA and the Bristol County Agricultural High School, Dighton, MA. [Read more…]

Thomas and Sons Farm chalk up a big win at NAILE

CM-MR-2-THOMAS-FARM-NAILE-011by Hope Holland       

The Thomas family — Chris, his wife Kelsey and Chris’s brother Lonnie, of Boonsboro, MD won multiple championships in the Limousin division at the North American International Livestock Exhibition in Louisville, KY this fall.

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Virginia 4-H nets several wins at national livestock contests

CM-RP-1-VA-4H-WINNERS1-1BLACKSBURG, VA — The Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging and the Virginia 4-H Livestock Skillathon Team placed first and third at the recent North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY. The event is the world’s largest purebred livestock show.

The Livestock Judging Team competed against 34 other teams in the 91st National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest and was high team overall with 2,525 points, followed by teams from Illinois and Georgia, respectively. The first-place finish as the 2015 National Champion 4-H Livestock Judging Team makes the members eligible to represent the U.S. in next year’s Royal Highland Show in Scotland, along with the second-place and third-place teams. [Read more…]