Three steps to help reduce farm stress

2021-05-06T09:32:21-05:00May 6, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Sonja Heyck-Merlin

“What are some additional stressors you experience on the farm or in your life as a woman?” asked Rebecca McFarland at the 2021 Women Managing the Farm Conference.

McFarland is a district family and child development specialist and was one of four presenters in the session titled “Managing Stress, Developing Coping Skills, and Cultivating Resilience.” All four are currently employed by Kansas State Research and Extension. (more…)

Call ahead before you shop

2021-05-06T09:27:28-05:00May 6, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

Let’s just say there have been some “delicate situations” in the farm stores and lumberyards across the country in acquiring spring supplies. Whether you’re trying to buy high tensile wire, bale wrap, treated lumber or cropping inputs, it might pay to call ahead to check availability before you head out. (more…)

Social media: Tips for telling dairy’s story in an online world

2021-05-06T09:20:05-05:00May 6, 2021|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Stephen Wagner

The New York Animal Agriculture Coalition (NYAAC) recently hosted a virtual panel discussion. “We have a new farming media social group,” said Kelsey O’Shea, an industry relations specialist with American Dairy Association North East. “It is American Dairy Engaged. The idea is to provide you with content ideas, content you can actually share. Updates as to what we’re up to. Updates on research, updates on retail. It’s really supposed to be your one-stop shop for different items – news, social media tricks, seeing other people and connecting with other farmers.” (more…)

Pasture advances farm resilience

2021-05-06T09:28:06-05:00May 6, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Pasturing livestock may seem a natural and straightforward way to feed them; however, it also promotes farm resilience. Paul Dorrance, owner of Pastured Providence, presented “Pasture-Based Livestock: Advancing Ecological, Economic and Emotional Resilience” as a webinar hosted by Food Animal Concerts Trust. (more…)

House flies in the barn

2021-05-06T09:14:14-05:00May 6, 2021|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Flies may have been given their name because of what they do, but a more appropriate moniker may be pests. And even though they’re called house flies, their impacts on animal facilities are noteworthy: They are a nuisance to facility employees and those living in farm areas, they transmit a number of pathogens (including E. coli and salmonella) and they leave behind “fly specks” (spots of regurgitation or defecation). (more…)

The making of a farmer

2021-04-29T14:58:35-05:00April 29, 2021|New England Farm Weekly|

by Laura Rodley

Barry Nadon III started working with Jerseys in 2011, after going to the local county fairs with his family and seeing the dedicated farmers working with their animals. His dad, Barry Nadon Jr., had been a dairyman when he was younger, working with Jerseys in 4-H, and later sold his cows in his twenties. His grandfather, Barry Nadon Sr., had raised beef cows. (more…)

Continuing a farming legacy

2021-04-29T14:56:52-05:00April 29, 2021|Mid Atlantic|

by Sally Colby

James Lamb is the kind of man who puts a wrench away exactly where it belongs when he’s finished using it. He’ll often go a step further and place it where it’s easy to pick up for the next task. “I like to be precise and think things out,” he said. “I try to plan, and if Plan A doesn’t work, I’ll have a smooth transition to Plan B.” (more…)