Volunteer firefighters take initiative for tractor rollover preparedness

CE-MR-3-SOUTH-MINDEN-colorby Michael Wren

SOUTH MINDEN, NY — Living in a rural farming community definitely has its advantages. Fresh air, friendly people, and room to stretch your legs to name a few perks. However, with farming and working with heavy machinery, there is always the possibility of something going wrong. And when it goes wrong, it can go very wrong. This forethought is exactly why the South Minden Volunteer Fire Department decided to take a preventative strike against farm accidents, mainly tractor rollovers. They enrolled in a Farmedic class taught by Erik Merrell, an instructor working with McNeil & Co., a specialized risk management insurance company from Cortland, to learn how to properly handle a real life catastrophe. [Read more…]

Identifying, reaching and connecting with agritourism customers

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Whether you’re on the East Coast, West Coast or somewhere in between, and regardless of whether you’re selling products at farmers’ markets or through social media; the recent webinar, The Strategy of Identifying, Reaching and Connecting with YOUR Agritourism Customers, had something to offer.

Coordinated by Penny Leff, Agritourism Coordinator for the Ag and Natural Resources, University of California (UC ANR) Small Farm Program, Davis, CA, and FarmsReach founder/ Executive Director Melanie Cheng; the webinar was first of a series to take place every two weeks through July 14. [Read more…]

Digestive disorders: their impact on whole horse management

CW-MR-1-Disgestive-disorders5040by Katie Navarra

Digestive disorders in horses can be difficult to detect as they are often mistaken for other, seemingly unrelated issues. Therefore, a whole horse management approach is critical to maintaining your horse’s digestive health.

Surprisingly, a horse that exhibits hoof problems may really be suffering from a digestive order that is showing up in a hoof or lameness issue. [Read more…]

4-H’ers take center stage at 2016 4-H State Day

BARRE, VT — The 2016 4-H State Day brought more than 150 of Vermont’s most talented 4-H’ers to Barre to enlighten and entertain the public about their 4-H club work through their action exhibits, stage presentations, illustrated talks, tabletop exhibits and more.

University of Vermont Extension 4-H sponsored the event, which was held May 21 at the Barre Civic Center. While all participants were winners at the regional level, those chosen as state winners are invited to repeat their presentations and performances or display their photos, posters and tabletop exhibits at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA, in September. [Read more…]