Elvin Ranck, a Mifflintown, Juniata County farmer, says when he started switching from conventional farming methods to organic, it was 1986. Ranck was the lead-off speaker at the two-day Organic Valley/Organic Prairie/CROPP Cooperative ‘Balancing for Profit’ Agronomy School. At that time, he said, he never thought that Pennsylvania would be supporting organic like they are today. [Read more…]
The well-attended show took place at the Caledonia County Fairgrounds in Lyndonville with more than 60 youths, ages 11 to 18, from 11 counties showing dairy animals. University of Vermont (UVM) Extension organized the event, which also included a team clipping competition and grilled cheese-making contest. [Read more…]
Note: It is clearly too late in the season to correct nutrient deficiencies, thinking about these things now can help us to be more aware, thoughtful, and proactive next year.
A farmer called several weeks ago and said that his corn was looking ‘striped.’ The agronomic jargon for that condition is ‘interveinal chlorosis.’ Indeed, it was faintly, yet distinctly exhibiting those symptoms. [Read more…]
FREEPORT, ME – The Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Tom Vilsack, recently announced that Wolfe’s Neck Farm Foundation, Inc. (WNF) has been awarded a three-year grant totaling $573,256 to support expansion of its Organic Dairy Farmer Training Program to other farms throughout the region. This grant is coming from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. [Read more…]
The first day of the Howard County Fair in West Friendship, MD dawned as an oddly cloudy day with patches of sun that didn’t waste much energy on heating this 6th day of August. Howard County Fair week has a history of fitting as many different types of weather as it can into one week, so it was a relief to have it cloudy and not too hot for the Coon Mule Jumping class. [Read more…]
This year’s 41st Ag Progress Days was held Aug. 16 to 18 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center in Rock Springs, PA featured more than 500 exhibitors and event demonstrations. At the Government and Industry Day Luncheon on Wednesday the 17th, more than 700 alumni, agricultural industry members and local, state, and federal governmental officials met to hear updates on the progress that has been made in state budgetary improvements since the 9-month impasse that took place during the 2015-2016 fiscal year. [Read more…]
The 2016 Herkimer County Fair Queen is Emily Ward-Case, 17, from West Winfield. First runner up is Samantha Kimball, 17, from Sauquoit, second runner up is Alexys Conti, 15, from Fultonville, and third runner up is Madisyn Kraeger, 14, from Poland.
The Princess is Olivia Wiehenstroer, 12, from Utica, NY. First runner up is Morgan O’Bryan, 10, from Little Falls, second runner up is Shayna Nicole Terry, 11, from Ilion and third runner up is Catalina Batista, 11, from Poland. [Read more…]
The Herkimer County Fair in Frankfort, NY, was a fun and enjoyable experience for many people. This fair had many rides, musical entertainment, art exhibits, and food vendors.
But while this fair served as another reason for people to do something fun during the summer, it was also a chance for local farmers to compete and win prizes. This fair also hosted many agriculture events from the day the fairgrounds first opened (Aug. 18) to the final day (Aug. 21). [Read more…]