Farm injury changes the course

2020-08-13T09:55:43-05:00August 13, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Sally Colby

Layne Klein’s father left Minnesota during the dust bowl years and headed for Pennsylvania. That was in autumn 1935, when many farms were for sale.

“This farm was originally 58 acres and cost $5,800,” said Layne, describing the family farm in Easton, PA. Over the last 50 years, the Klein family has remodeled and expanded the farm, and today, they farm about 500 acres including rented ground. This autumn, Layne, his wife Beth and their family will celebrate the farm’s 85th anniversary. (more…)

Farm animals and human disease prevention

2020-08-13T09:44:35-05:00August 13, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Tamara Scully

Zoonotic diseases are those which can pass from animals to humans. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 75% of emerging diseases that threaten human health originate in animals. What common diseases can farm livestock carry that might cause concern to farm families, farm workers and visitors? (more…)

Celebrating 25 years, from one goat lady to the next

2020-08-13T09:33:39-05:00August 13, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Enrico Villamaino

Goat Lady Dairy will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020. But the farmland’s connection with the family of owner Carrie Routh Bradds goes back a bit further than that – roughly 200 years, in fact.

“My great-great-great-grandfather John Routh was a tobacco farmer, and he first lived in a log cabin on this property in 1816,” Carrie is proud to say. First erected in 1780, the same cabin still stands on the dairy’s 40 acres in Climax, NC. (more…)

Farming with veterans in mind: Troops to Tractors

2020-08-13T12:34:29-05:00August 13, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

Troops to Tractors, a program of the Pennsylvania Veteran Farming Project (PAVFP), is dedicated to assisting veterans with obtaining the funding, skills and mentorship needed to successfully transition from a military career to an agricultural one. PAVFP services are available to all active duty military and veterans with honorable discharges and their spouses. (more…)

Ensure your skin doesn’t see too much exposure to the sun through Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek & Slide

2020-08-13T09:29:58-05:00August 13, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Jana L. Davidson, Education Content Specialist for the Progressive Agriculture Foundation

Did you know the skin is the body’s largest organ? Our skin protects us from heat, sunlight, injury and infection – however, we often neglect making it a priority to protect our skin on a daily basis. Thankfully, July serves as UV (Ultraviolet) Safety Month and is a great reminder of why damage to our skin today can have serious long-term effects. (more…)

Breaking the farm kid norm

2020-08-13T10:11:39-05:00August 13, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Evelyn Leubner

Growing up on my family’s dairy and crop farm crafted me into the person I am now. In high school, working on the farm led me to discover I enjoyed working instead of playing sports. The farm also showed me that I loved working with animals, so I went to college to obtain a degree in animal science. My roots will forever be buried deep on my family’s farm in central New York. That is why moving 1,000 miles away was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made. (more…)

OGrain Compass: A tool to assess the costs of converting to organic production

2020-08-13T11:50:57-05:00August 13, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Katie Navarra

Organic farmers, or those considering transitioning to organic production, now have access to a set of tools for analyzing the long-term profitability potential of organic production. The Excel-based tool was conceived by University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Erin Silva to assist organic farmers with planning. John Hendrickson of the University of Wisconsin Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and Jim Munsch of Deer Run Farm in Coon Valley, WI, led the effort to develop the OGRAIN Compass. (more…)

Not your best interests

2020-08-13T10:00:31-05:00August 13, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Sally Colby

Although the annual Animal Agriculture Alliance (AAA) Summit took place virtually this year, the message was clear: animal activists are still working to interfere with food production. And just as the AAA hosts a conference to deliver up-to-date information on a variety of topics related to consumers, animal products and animal welfare, numerous activist groups opposed to using animals for any purpose also had conferences. (more…)