In memory of Mark Wesley Lee

C4-MR-4-Mark Lee CMr. Mark W. Lee , 52, of Cunningham Road, Canajoharie, NY, passed away at the Mountain Valley Hospice House in Gloversville, NY, early Monday morning, Dec. 8, 2014, surrounded by his family.

Mark was born on July 7, 1962, in Cooperstown, NY, he was the son of Frederick W. Lee, Jr., and the late Carole A. Lee. He attended Canajoharie High School and was a lifelong area resident. [Read more…]

Letter to the Editor: We must preserve our Federal Milk Marketing orders

Recently, an editorial was sent to me that appeared in the Utica Observer Dispatch on Nov. 8. The editorial appears to be approximately the same as an editorial that appeared in the New York Post in late October.

The gist of the editorial starts out by attempting to analyze why Chobani, Inc., decided to build a new, large yogurt plant in the state of Idaho rather than expand their operations in the state of New York. [Read more…]

Vermont finishes fourth in National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl

CN-RP-1-VTfinishesBURLINGTON, VT — The Vermont 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Team’s combined knowledge of dairy nutrition, herd health, breeding and genetics, calf raising, dairy marketing and other dairy-related topics resulted in a fourth-place finish in national competition.

The four-member team competed Nov. 7-8 at the 35th annual North American 4-H Invitational Dairy Quiz Bowl in Louisville, KY. The event, which attracted 14 teams from across the country, was held at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center.

Team members included Tara Collins, Fairlee; Maggie Kirby, East Montpelier; Ben Maille, Shelburne; and Andrew Seward, East Wallingford. The team was selected at the state dairy quiz bowl competition sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension earlier this year. The coaches were 4-H volunteers Sara Kirby, East Montpelier and Kaitlin Benoit, Montgomery Center. [Read more…]

Woodbury FFA members bring home the gold at national competition

CN-MR-3-Nonnewaug3The Woodbury FFA chapter located at Nonnewaug High School recently sent 52 students and graduates to the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY. During the past school year, the Woodbury FFA members won first place in 11 different state FFA judging contests, an accomplishment that earned them the opportunity to represent the chapter and the state at the national competition. The Woodbury Chapter is the only chapter in the nation, out of more than 7,300 FFA chapters and 620,000 FFA members nationwide, to send 11 teams to national competition from one chapter in the same year.

The Woodbury FFA chapter came home from Kentucky with outstanding results against the nation’s most talented students and teams. [Read more…]

Open house at the New England Meat Packing Company

CN-MR-3-NewEngMeat3by George Looby

There are many operations in southern New England directly related to agriculture that need greater exposure to make their services better known to potential customers. With this in mind, the New England Meat Packing Company, in collaboration with the Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D), held an open house on Nov. 13, 2014 to acquaint invited guests with the facility.

Specifically, the occasion was to announce that the operation now enjoys a USDA Certification for Processing to go along with its existing USDA Certification for Slaughtering. [Read more…]