On Sept. 19, 2014, the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources at the University of Connecticut held a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Program. The extension service is a joint state-federal program enacted by Congress in 1914 to disseminate knowledge to the agricultural community to better their awareness of the latest in agricultural information. The legislation was known as the Smith-Lever Act, and it provides funding for outreach endeavors at the Land Grant Universities through the Cooperative Extension System. Continue reading
Large numbers of pet deaths in 2005 and again in 2007 prompted recalls of dog food that contained high levels of corn mycotoxins — potent poisons produced by molds. Mycotoxins are a major health hazard to livestock, pets and people.
What’s a farmer to do, when, under certain weather conditions, some mycotoxins will be produced, even in field corn that is still growing in the field? This is particularly a problem in the southeastern U.S., but also in the Midwest and elsewhere. Continue reading
Immediately after morning milking, a New Jersey dairy herd was loaded into a tractor-trailer, bound for a farm in Pennsylvania. That evening proved to be memorable.
“We had 55 cows that had come out of a tie stall facility, not used to being in a freestall barn, with people they had never seen, and had just ridden for three hours in a tractor trailer in the rain,” said Bobby Geiman, who now owns the cows with his wife Shelly. “These cows had never been in a parlor — they walked in and backed right out. Shelly’s job was to grab the tail and hold the cow in place until the next cow entered. The cows were nervous, and had no idea what was going on. It took us four hours to milk 55 cows, but within three days, they were fine.” Continue reading
Sponsored by dairy farmers, through American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Inc., the most-highly anticipated annual Butter Sculpture at the 2014 The Great New York State Fair helped drive the need for milk donations to food banks. That solid message of the dire need by food banks for milk donations was visible to the 965,147 fairgoers, and to the nation through traditional and social media coverage. Continue reading