Northeast livestock expo this weekend

2014-05-12T15:18:49+00:00May 12th, 2014|Country Folks Article|

bg_mwif.jpgKid’s Day participation more than doubles

AUGUSTA – The Northeast Livestock Expo will celebrate its ninth year May 16-18 at the Windsor Fairgrounds in Windsor, Maine. Thanks to a Maine AG in the Classroom transportation grant, Kid’s Day (May 16) is expected to draw more than 1,300 K-6 students, more than double last year’s attendance. For three days, the Expo will showcase a variety of livestock. The public is welcome; there is no admission fee.  (more…)

A new era of regulation

2014-02-14T10:05:32+00:00February 14th, 2014|Country Folks Article, Mid Atlantic|

CM-MR-2-A new era 1by Steve Wagner
At the 45th Cattle Feeder’s Day held at Lancaster, PA’s Farm and Home Center on Jan. 28, Penn State Extension Veterinarian Dr. Dave Wolfgang fielded questions at the end of his presentation on wise use of antibiotics. In his talk, he referenced what he called a new era of regulation. Because some farmers see regulation as the enemy or as over-regulation or even regulatory over-reach, Wolfgang went on the record as saying that exacting records keeping can only protect the farmer. (more…)

NY Farm Bureau president discusses members’ priorities for 2014

2014-02-14T09:08:57+00:00February 14th, 2014|Country Folks Article|

CEW-MR-2-NYFB pres Nort#40Aby Pat Malin
ALBANY, NY — Moments after concluding a conference call with reporters on Jan. 29, New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) president Dean Norton was pleased to hear that the U.S. House of Representatives had passed a five-year farm bill, also known as the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act.
Norton said he was “very happy with most of the items in the farm bill… When it comes to dairy, we got 85 percent of what we asked for.” (more…)

LT. GOVERNOR KIM GUADAGNO TO ADDRESS NJ AGRICULTURE LEADERS AT ANNUAL CONVENTION

2014-02-04T14:30:41+00:00February 4th, 2014|Country Folks Article|

untitledTRENTON- Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno will speak before New Jersey’s agriculture leaders, industry representatives, agricultural youth ambassadors and guests when they meet for the annual State Agricultural Convention at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City this week.  The Lt. Governor will deliver comments at the Delegates Dinner on Wednesday, February 5.

2014 Cattle Industry Convention Kicks Off in Nashville

2014-02-04T10:34:42+00:00February 4th, 2014|Country Folks Article|

NCBA-Logo-FacebookNASHVILLE– More than 6,200 cattlemen and women from across the country are registered to attend the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef AssociationTrade Show, which kicked off today at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. The convention, which will run through Feb. 7, is the largest annual gathering of the beef industry.
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Soil health improves with managed livestock impact

2013-10-11T09:07:38+00:00October 11th, 2013|Country Folks Article|

CE-MR-Soil Health (cover photo)East Berne, NY — A family, a farm and a flock of sheep is a beautiful thing especially if you’re a soil microbe under a thick, diverse blanket of grass at the Helder-Herdwyck Farm in East Berne, NY.
Hosts Ray, Erin and Rena Bradt opened up their growing operation to 20 farmers and agency personnel for an all-day grazing workshop entitled “Manage Your Livestock So They Work for You”. It was a snapshot of how grazing animals, properly managed, and dialing in adequate pasture recovery times improves the health of the sward while mitigating the parasite presence. The Bradts demonstrated how they took a weedy pasture and scrubby hedgerows and made them into vibrant ecosystems using animal impact and portable flex-netting while feeding the soil manure and trampled forage. (more…)