Keeping it under cover

2021-01-22T12:14:39-05:00January 22, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Farm properties often have an assortment of outbuildings, some old and some new, put to use for a variety of purposes including equipment storage. When a farm’s existing buildings are no longer sufficient to store existing equipment, or if new equipment requires more space than what it’s replacing, new construction is probably a worthwhile investment. (more…)

Highly effective dairy habits

2021-01-22T12:00:34-05:00January 22, 2021|Mid Atlantic|

by Tamara Scully

The National Milk Producers Federation’s recent Young Cooperators Leadership and Development Program aimed to provide young dairy farmers with the tools they need to succeed, exposing them to good habits, right from the start. Dr. Lisa McCrea, Agwest Veterinary Group Ltd., presented a workshop detailing the five habits of the most effective dairy farmers, providing insight into the practices top performing dairies implement. (more…)

Flurries of activity for first-gen farmers

2021-01-22T11:58:29-05:00January 22, 2021|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Sonja Heyck-Merlin

Bo Lait Farm is owned and operated by first-generation farmers Alexis and Conor MacDonald. The farm is located in Washington, Maine, 25 miles southwest of the state capital. The name Bo Lait is a nod to the couple’s French and Scottish heritage – Bo is “cow” in Scottish Gaelic and lait is “milk” in French. The couple has a three-year old son, Rory. Except for some occasional help from a neighbor and Conor’s parents, Alexis and Conor operate the farm themselves. (more…)

You’re not alone

2021-01-22T12:12:26-05:00January 22, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Enrico Villamaino

The American farmer has for years been described as stoic and self-reliant. And while these traits can be thought of as virtues, they may also contribute to a dire mental health crisis. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) hosted an online workshop at its 2021 convention titled “Farm State of Mind – Responding to the Challenges of Rural Mental Health” to spread the word about this growing concern and help farmers find the resources they might need. (more…)

Farm Bureau covers Washington updates

2021-01-22T12:08:24-05:00January 19, 2021|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Enrico Villamaino

The incoming Biden Administration’s likely agricultural policies and priorities were recently discussed at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 2021 annual conference. The online presentation “Washington Update: What to Expect from the New Biden Administration and the 117th Congress” was presented by a panel of experts. (more…)

‘State of the Chesapeake Bay’ report card

2021-01-22T11:13:41-05:00January 19, 2021|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Stephen Wagner

In recent years, whenever the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) issued its annual report card, the grade has been on the cusp of failure. This year’s grade was a 33 (D+) grade. That grade is most often aimed at their favorite truant, Pennsylvania, presumably due to the close proximity of ag run-off. The main whipping boy is agriculture, though other factors share the blame – rain washing street effluent into drainage outlets, for example. (more…)

The Grass Whisperer goes digital

2021-01-22T12:10:16-05:00January 19, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Dedicated readers of Country Folks are familiar with the work of Troy Bishopp, better known to some as “The Grass Whisperer.” He is a well-seasoned grass farmer, grasslands advocate and a vocal promoter of grass-fed livestock producers. The owner and manager of Bishopp Family Farm in Deansboro, NY (with his understanding wife, daughters, grandchildren and parents), he raises 100% grass-fed dairy heifers, grass-finished beef and background feeder cattle on 100 acres of cool season pastures. (more…)

World Forage Analysis Superbowl champion shares secrets for top-quality hay

2021-01-22T12:02:39-05:00January 8, 2021|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Katie Navarra

In 2019 North Central, IL, farmer Harry Adams Jr. won the World Forage Analysis Superbowl. He had finished among the top contenders several years running, but claimed the title with a dry bale hay entry with a relative feed quality of 342 and a milk per ton score of 4,015. His hay was chosen from 336 entries from 17 states. The 2020 World Forage Analysis Superbowl took place virtually, and Adams shared his secrets to success. (more…)

Virtual presenting for farmers: Plan, prepare and practice

2021-01-08T12:09:39-05:00January 8, 2021|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Troy Bishopp

Farmers are now being asked to present virtually by organizations and conference committees in lieu of face-to-face meeting venues. Opportunities abound in reaching a worldwide audience from your living room or farmstead. Are you ready to share your knowledge through the tiny video portal on your computer? (more…)