4-H celebrates end of fair with Herdsman Award Ceremony

CW-MR-1-4H-celebratesby Kate Ewer, 4-H Community Educator

DUNKIRK, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development program celebrates the closing of each county fair with the Herdsman Awards Ceremony recognizing outstanding youth. This year the ceremony was held on Saturday, July 30 at the Warren K. Brown Show Arena on the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds. [Read more…]

Don’t let your guard down

CE-MN-MR-47-1-Open-manure1601by Sally Colby

A young dairy farmer turned on the agitator for an open-air manure pit just as he had likely done many times in the past. But this time was different. The air was still and a dense fog covered the area, holding the manure gasses close to the ground. With no air movement and steady inhalation of manure gasses emitted while agitating the pit, the man was quickly overcome by the toxic fumes. He died, as did a group of cattle in the same area. [Read more…]

State 4-H livestock educator earns Distinguished Service Award

CN-RP-14-1--State4-imgBURLINGTON, VT – Wendy Sorrell, the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H livestock educator, is the Vermont recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA).

Sorrell received the award on July 27 at a special banquet at the NACAA’s annual meeting and professional improvement conference in Little Rock, AR. The award was presented to her by Cynthia Gregg, president of NACAA. [Read more…]

A trail riding fitness program

CW-MR-40-1-Trail-riding-fitness21by Marilyn Munzert

Trying to do too much too fast will put you behind your goal, not ahead of it.

Taking a shortcut to complete a task or get somewhere in a hurry, only to have it take longer is an example of why cutting corners rarely pays off. This is important to understand when conditioning a horse for the demands of trail riding. [Read more…]

Farmer-Veteran Coalition boosts beginning farmers in Maine

CN-MR-48-3-Farmer-Veteran3by Sally Colby

After he retired from military service, Jerry Ireland thought he was going to leave the rest of the world behind and do his own thing. But four years after starting a farm in Belfast, Maine, Ireland says that the farm is becoming an example for other veterans. And as someone who had never farmed a day in his life, Ireland says although the agricultural life isn’t easy, anyone who wants to can do it. [Read more…]