New milking center pays dividends

2020-01-08T16:36:02-05:00January 8, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Sally Colby

Like many farms, Gro-Lan Farms had a simple start, but the Grove family continually sought improvements that would increase efficiency and cow comfort.

“It was a homestead started by my grandfather in 1918,” said Jay Grove, who has been farming in Shippensburg, PA, for many years with his brother Jeff. “There was a log house and a barn, and a mud hole of a pond in between.” (more…)

Adaptation & innovation in grazing & beef production

2020-01-08T16:30:02-05:00January 8, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Karl H. Kazaks

ROXBORO, NC – Johnny Rogers walked through a field of warm-season annual forages, checking on a group of his registered Red Angus cattle.

To inspect the cowpeas and daikon radish and brassica growing at ground level – the field was planted with Ray’s Crazy Summer Mix – Rogers pushed aside long stalks of sorghum sudangrass and sunflower. (more…)

Teeing up for the future

2020-01-08T16:24:07-05:00January 8, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Enrico Villamaino

“Waste not, want not.” It’s a well-known proverb. Although the origins of this expression date back to the late 18th century, it became far more popular and saw more everyday use after being a featured line in the hit 1930s film “Topper Takes a Trip.” (more…)

Twitter for farmers

2020-01-08T16:04:23-05:00January 8, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Is your farm on Twitter? Michele Walfred, communications specialist with University of Delaware Extension, believes more farms should embrace this social media platform. She presented “Yes, It’s Time for Twitter. Really.” as a recent webinar hosted by University of Maryland Extension and MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture. (more…)

Website can boost farm sales

2020-01-08T16:00:53-05:00January 8, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

If you sell directly to consumers, your farm’s website represents a critical piece of your marketing strategy. Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) offered “How to Create a Farm Website That Sells” as a recent webinar presented by Charlotte Smith, owner of 3 Cow Marketing. Larissa McKenna, human farming Program director for FACT, moderated. FACT is a non-profit advocacy organization promoting safe, humane production of meat, milk and eggs. (more…)

Grazing tall

2020-01-08T16:00:22-05:00January 8, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Tamara Scully

Tall grass grazing relies on the relationship between the pasture plants and the soil microbial organisms. This relationship, based on nutrient cycling, is the key to growing nutritious and plentiful pasture. Whether growing warm or cool season grasses – or both, depending on your growing region – tall grass grazing eliminates fertilizer applications while keeping animals healthy and productive. (more…)

Reviving hemp

2020-01-08T15:56:33-05:00January 8, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Sally Colby

Hemp has faded in and out of history, and its contributions have been easily forgotten. But efforts by citizens, researchers and lawmakers led to hemp’s removal from the Schedule I Drugs list in January 2019. (more…)

Social media for farmers

2020-01-08T15:46:55-05:00January 8, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Many businesses use social media as part of their marketing strategy. Charlotte Smith, owner of 3 Cow Marketing, believes farmers shouldn’t be an exception. She presented “How to Find & Engage with Customers on Social Media” as a recent webinar hosted by Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT). (more…)