Dave Stanton Beef Farm

ce-mr-3-dave-stanton2by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

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…]

Syrup producer challenges convention filtering wisdom: Is it time to spin rather than sieve?

cn-mr-54-3-spin-or-sieve-extby Kristen M. Castrataro

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…]

Vermont 4-H’ers compete at Eastern States Sheep and Goat Shows

cn-rp-32-1-vermont-4BURLINGTON, VT — Six Vermont 4-H sheep members and two dairy goat members recently had the opportunity to compete at Eastern States Exposition, in West Springfield, MA.

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…]

Straight Talk campaign

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…]

New England Fiber Festival continues to grow in popularity

cn-mr-48-2-fiber-festival4817by Paul Burdziakowski

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…]