As the fall hastens and the outerwear protects you against the elements, your land is also in need of a comfy soil quilt to safeguard its organic matter and microbe family. Dr. Vandana Shiva, said, “In traditional agriculture, the soil is the mother. She’s the mother who gives, to whom you must give back.” Science has proven this “giving back” recipe for healthy soils includes covering the soil for winter with a cover crop blanket. [Read more…]
They call him “Lil’ Dave,” but there is nothing little about Dave Stanton. At 32-years old, and standing at 6’4” and about 250 pounds, Dave looks the part of a good, old-fashioned, western movie. And watching his farm employee Bryan Backus round up cattle on horseback lends credibility to the illusion.
Stanton’s raising a cross of Black Angus and Hereford cattle called Black Baldies, near Franklin, NY. [Read more…]
In some ways, making maple syrup is the simplest process in the world. You stick a spigot in a tree, hang a bucket from it, boil off the water, filter out the sediment and there you have it; the sweet nectar of the gods. It’s a process that requires no questioning, no redesigning, no tinkering. That is, of course, unless you are Charlie Chase of Charlie’s Sugar House in Coventry, RI. [Read more…]
Representing Vermont in sheep events, held Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, were Jarod and Raymond Bushey, both from Addison; Rebecca Moriarty of Jericho; and Gabrielle and Riley Ochs and Siri Swanson, all from Orwell. Bridget Denio of Waterford, and Lillie Tuckerman from South Woodstock, participated in dairy goat contests, Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
“What we do today, impacts what we’ll have tomorrow,” Glen Brunkow, a farmer who narrates the recently released video from the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), says in the clip. “Technology plays a huge part in sustainability.”
The animated video, aimed at introducing consumers to the benefits of today’s agriculture via a brief cartoon, talks about global positioning systems (GPS), technology to track livestock activity, irrigation improvements to help conserve water, and the use of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. [Read more…]
Fiber enthusiasts from all over New England came together for the seventh annual Fiber Festival that took place Nov. 5-6 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. The event is put together each year by the New England Sheep and Wool Growers Association (NESWGA) in order to promote the use of wool and other natural fibers and related products to the general public. [Read more…]
DOSWELL, VA — The Oct. 1 State Fair of Virginia Youth Livestock Sale of Champions raised $73,875 to support the fair’s long-standing commitment to youth.
“The Sale of Champions not only helps fund the fair’s scholarship program but also affords an opportunity to showcase the hard work and achievement of our youth livestock exhibitors,” said Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe, the fair’s executive director. “More than 300 young people exhibited livestock at the 2016 fair, and we believe the skills they develop while raising and showing animals will serve them—and Virginia agriculture—for years to come.” [Read more…]
A crowd of farmers took time from busy fall harvest schedules to attend a manure field day in Washington County, Maryland, and they weren’t disappointed. Retired dairy extension agent Stan Fultz opened the day with an introduction to the featured topic — manure injection.
“Many of you have been incorporating manure,” said Fultz. [Read more…]