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Social media matters

2021-06-24T15:52:29-05:00June 17, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

For many farmers, tackling social media seems like another chore on an endless list of things to do. But Amanda Basse, business coach in Providence, RI, wants more farm businesses to use social media, and use it well. She presented “Best Practices for Social Media Ads and Promotions” as a recent webinar. (more…)

Plan for insurance

2021-06-24T10:38:26-05:00June 10, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Many people rely upon their employer-sponsored health insurance plan. Farmers operating their own businesses do not have that option. MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture recently presented “Health Insurance Options for Farmers and Small Business Owners” as a webinar led by Maria Pippidis, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, and Jesse Ketterman, University of Maryland Extension. (more…)

Estate planning is important for women

2021-06-03T14:29:01-05:00June 3, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

For many reasons, it’s important for women to understand estate planning. Statistically, women outlive men by five years, according to the CDC. Relying solely on a husband’s estate planning is not practical, as situations may change in those five or more years. More women own assets in their names alone and operate businesses independently of another person. And many farm women want to pass down their ag businesses to the next generation or see that their assets go to the causes they support. (more…)

Deworming cattle promotes herd health

2021-05-27T09:30:04-05:00May 27, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

An infestation of parasites can cause cattle stress and diminish their conditioning and vigor. It’s worthwhile for farmers to fight these pests. Sarah Potts, Ph.D. and Extension specialist in dairy and beef with University of Maryland, presented “Best Practices for Deworming Cattle” as recent webinar hosted by MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture. (more…)

Refining grazing improves livestock health

2021-05-20T15:55:47-05:00May 20, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

In agriculture, “sustainability” can refer to not only environmental aspects of the business but also to the ability to continue to do business. Tri-State SARE Professional Development Project presented “Improving Pasture Management for Sustainable Livestock Production” as a webinar, in cooperation with UMass Extension, University of Rhode Island College of the Environment and Life Sciences and UConn College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. Daimon Meeh, New Hampshire state grazing specialist, presented. (more…)

Improving pasture management raises farm profits

2021-05-13T10:09:47-05:00May 13, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Managing pasture well can only improve a livestock operation’s sustainability. The Tri-State SARE Professional Development Project recently hosted “Improving Pasture Management for Sustainable Livestock Production,” a webinar featuring Daimon Meeh, New Hampshire state grazing specialist, member of the Granite State Graziers Board and member of the executive committee of the Northeast Pasture Consortium, and Jennifer Colby, part of the University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Pasture Program and who has operated a diversified meat livestock farm since 2000. (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…)

Water management essential for pasture grazing

2021-04-22T15:46:10-05:00April 22, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

In the Northeast, precipitation on the farm could be summed up as too much of a good thing at times or – like in 2020 – too little of a precious resource. That’s why water management is vital for preventing pastures from browning or flooding. Ignoring these extremes can result in lost forage opportunities. Steve Gabriel of Wellspring Forest Farm in Mecklenburg, NY, and Extension specialist of the Cornell Small Farms Program, presented “Water Management for Pasture Grazing Systems” as a recent webinar hosted by Food Animal Concerns Trust. (more…)