March 5, 2004 arch Vol. 68, Number 4 Number Published by The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets www.vermontagriculture.com Maple Pr Land Program a Win-Win 100 Maple Producers for Public and Farmers Third Highlight Third By Gus Howe Johnson Funding Available Annual Open House Open House The public and farmers can both benefit now that MONTPELIER – Over 100 general public about the maple in- farmland in the Connecticut River Basin is eligible for Phil Benedict, Director of Plant Industry at the Maple producers and Sugar houses dustry, its history, and significance participation in the Conservation Reserve Enhance- will highlight the third annual Ver- to Vermont’s tourism and agricultural Agency of Agriculture, said this voluntary land retire- mont Maple Open House Weekend, ment Program (CREP), which helps farmers protect economies. ment program is an opportunity for farmers to recover from March 19-21, in which the A key highlight of the event will environmentally sensitive land, reduce erosion and the costs of taking buffer strips along streams out of public is invited to learn all aspects be the Sugar-on-Snow Party. Okemo safeguard ground and surface water. production, funded by a combination of state and of Vermont’s famed maple indus- Mountain Resort will be producing A public meeting to offer information about this federal payments. try. fresh snow on the mountain slope program is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24th at “This means farmers won’t lose money by partici- for the party. Anyone of any age is 7pm at the Red Schoolhouse in Randolph Center, pating in this program,” Benedict said. It’s a sweet way to welcome invited to participate and witness the organized by the Randolph Conservation Commis- Both cropland and marginal pastureland would be spring in Vermont and to visit with largest sugar on snow party. The As- sion, the White River Partnership, and the White eligible. the very people who tap the trees, sociation will provide the extra thick River Conservation District. boil down the sugary sap and pro- syrup that will be dispensed from a Craig Miner of the Farm Services Agency in Addison duce the sweetest stuff on Earth. The information panel will include speakers from stainless steel barrel mounted on skis. County has been working with farmers participating the USDA Farm Services Agency, Natural Resource in CREP in the Lake Champlain Basin region for five Vermont Governor Jim Douglas On Saturday, an estimated 7500 Conservation Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife and Agency will kick-off the weekend with the participants will visit sugarhouses of Agriculture. Tree Tapping Ceremony at the Jack- and learn about Vermont’s historic “CREP” Continued on Page 11 son Gore Inn and Resort in Ludlow and world-renowned maple produc- (Okemo Ski Area) on Friday, March tion. A map denoting participating 19 at 11:00 a.m. Then, all week- sugarhouses in your area is included end-long, sugar houses and maple in this press kit. producers from Bennington to How Does Crop Insurance Franklin Counties and everywhere in between will host maple tasting sessions, tree tapping, tours and The event has grown substan- tially since it began in March 2002. Since its inception, the Maple Open Work for Corn Silage? sugar on snow parties. As maple sugar has become syn- onymous with Vermont, so has the House has served as both an educa- tional experience and agritourism event that is based around Vermont’s favorite agricultural commodity. that. In 2003, more than 70% of lect on the insurance? Insurance is Open House Weekend as the an- Please find enclosed a Vermont maple By Bob Parsons the state? corn crop was covered with something we carry but do not hope nual kick-off to the sweetest season fact sheet. Assistant Professor, Farm some type of crop insurance. Now to collect on. The same is true with of the year. Management you may think that crop insurance crop insurance. While the event announces the UVM Extension is just another unnecessary expense The Windsor County Maple arrival of spring, it is also the start to that will never pay back. But most Crop insurance programs are ad- Sugarmakers Association will spon- Vermont’s sweetest season. of us carry life insurance but do we sor the 2004 Governor’s Maple Tree Have you ever thought about in- get up in the morning disappointed Tapping, which will jumpstart the suring your corn crop? Numerous “Insurance” Vermont 2004 maple season. The “Openhouse 2004” farmers in Vermont have done just that we didn’t have a chance to col- Continued on Page 2 Program will focus on educating the Continued on Page 9 Inside This Issue Issue Periodicals Postage Paid at Montpelier, VT (UPS 009-700) and at Additional Mailing Offices Milk Does the B ody Good Does Body Good Page 2 Vermont Agency of ermont Agency Agriculture, Food & Markets griculture, Food arkets Mar Marketplace Page 3 116 State Street, Drawer 20 Montpelier, Vermont 05620-2901 Hay and Forage Listings Page 6 828-2416 or 828-3831 (fax) lightpath” “Flightpath The “Flightpath” Page 10 Gardening Tips Page 10 Avian Influenza Update Page 12 News in Brief Page 12 POSTMASTER: Send address change to: Agriview, 116 State Street, Drawer 20, Montpelier, VT 05620-2901 2 www.vermontagriculture.com March 5, 2004 AG NEWS Milk Beats Fractures ractures Fractur “Insurance” Continued from Page 1 ministered by the USDA Risk Man- The bottom level of insurance is call less than 75% of my 5 year average? Obesity and Obesity agement Agency. Although polices are purchased through private insur- CAT or catastrophic coverage (50 per cent coverage at a 55% price elec- The farmer can elect to take lower ance companies, the rates are subsi- tion) which covers the farm against a coverage, for example 65% APH Children who avoid drinking periods of time to a group of 1,000 dized by the USDA to make policies major crop disaster at a flat adminis- coverage at 100% price election. more affordable for farmers. The two trative cost of $100 per farm. For Now if the farmer incurs a yield of milk are more likely to be both over- children from the same city, types of crop insurance for corn avail- example, if you have 50 acres of corn 12 tons per acre (60% of APH), he weight and at higher risk of fractures, Dunedin, New Zealand. able to Vermont farmers are the Ac- silage with a 20 ton per acre produc- has coverage on 1 ton per acre at $20 say researchers in New Zealand. tual Production History (APH) and tion history, you pay $100 to guar- per ton for an indemnity payment The children who avoided milk Crop Revenue Coverage (CRC). antee a yield of 10 ton per acre (that’s of $20 per acre. Coverage is lower Investigating the impact of milk con- did not eat calcium-rich food sub- your 50% coverage). and so is the price. sumption on 1000 children aged be- stitutes or supplements. Nearly one Nearly all of Vermont’s insured tween three and 13 years old, scien- in three of the young milk-avoiders corn is under the APH program. For yields less than 10 tons per Is crop insurance a good option Under APH, farmers can insure corn acre, the farmer received payments for your farm? It’s true that CAT cov- tists in New had broken a silage yields (or grain) at different based on his 55% coverage. So if your erage may not provide much cover- Zealand found bone before coverage levels based on their his- yield is 8 tons per acre, the indem- age for small farms. But farmers have that “signifi- According to the U.S. they were torical production. The crop is cov- nity payment from insurance is based the option to take out higher cover- cantly more of eight years old, ered against loss from weather, in- on 2 tons (10 tons guaranteed yield age at a higher cost. Remember all airy Dair Council, National Dair y Council, the children sects, disease, and wildlife. The less 8 tons actual yield) times $20 rates are subsidized by the USDA. dairy pro dair y foods provide three three f r e q u e n t l y farmer gets to choose the various lev- per ton (Indemnity payment for corn Farmers need to look at the cost of who avoided from slight quarters quar ters of the calcium in els of coverage based on his indi- silage) times 55%. The payment insurance and look at what losses they milk reported trauma such as fractures”. the diets of children and a minor trip or vidual needs. As expected, the greater comes to $22 per acre or $1100 for can afford to stand versus the poten- adolescents. The daily fall. the coverage, the higher the pre- all 50 acres at a cost of $100 ($2 per tial payback from insurance in case mium. It? like your truck insurance, acre). of a crop loss. “ C h i l d r e n recommended intake the greater your coverage, the higher who regularly (DRI) for calcium in “Forearm the price of the insurance. Now if you have 200 acres, the Some questions farmers may need avoided milk adolescents aged 12-18 fractures were CAT coverage becomes more appeal- to ask themselves are what is their 5 had lower bone years is 1,300 mg – the especially com- But recent news indicated that ing as the cost would be only $0.50 year production average, how often mineral density equivalent of four mon,” said the recent rates were reduced up to an per acre. Frankly, this amount of in- do they have a crop loss, what is the servings and weighed ser vings of milk, cheese or researchers, additional 15% to make it more ap- surance does not have a lot of appeal size of the loss, and would your fi- oghurt. For children pealing to farmers. for small farmers. For one point, how nancial position be stronger with more, two fac- y oghur t. For children concluding often do you have a yield that is 50% crop insurance coverage. Insurance tors that increase aged six to 11, the DRI simply that The insured yield is based on less than your 5 year average? is a strange tool for most of us. We fracture risk,” for calcium is 800 mg or “young chil- your actual production history, or never like to pay the premiums but three servings ever day. said lead re- three ser vings ev er y day. ery dren avoiding APH. This is your farm’s average his- The real benefit of crop insurance we are glad to have the coverage searcher Ailsa milk are prone torical production over the past 5 is that you can elect to take greater when we need it. Although we do Goulding, at the to fracture”. years. This does not cover an expected coverage, the same as choosing greater not hope to cash in on our insurance University of Otago, New Zealand. yield or desired yield but your aver- coverage for your car insurance. For (do you hope to collect on your life age actual production of the past 5 example, let’s say you want to take insurance?), it can provide peace of According to the US-based Na- years. Your production history can out higher coverage at 75% of pro- mind for the farmer and his lender. She estimates that children and tional Dairy Council, dairy foods be documented by farm records. If duction at 100% price election. Now adolescents need three to four serv- provide three quarters of the calcium you don? have production records, the farmer guarantees his crop for a The date to decide to buy corn ings of dairy foods each day to help in the diets of children and adoles- insurance carriers will likely use 15 ton yield (75% of 20 APH) at silage for your farm is March 15, prevent broken bones now and cents. The daily recommended in- county production average. If you 100% of the $20 per ton price. Now 2004. A list of approved insurance chronic conditions such as os- take (DRI) for calcium in adolescents claim production history well above if the farmer incurs a yield of 12 tons agents authorized to sell crop insur- teoporosis as adults. aged 12-18 years is 1,300 mg – the county average, then more documen- per acre (60% of APH), he has cov- ance in Vermont is available from equivalent of four servings of milk, tation will likely be needed to sup- erage on 3 tons per acre at $20 per your local USDA/FSA office. And port your claim. ton for an indemnity payment of remember that the reduced rates The study compared the fracture cheese or yoghurt. For children aged $60 per acre. The question the farmer makes the insurance more affordable histories of 50 children who avoided six to 11, the DRI for calcium is 800 How does this insurance work? needs to ask is how often is my yield for farmers. drinking cow’s milk for extended mg or three servings every day. Million RMA Announces $5 Million in Assistance States Financial Assistance in 15 States WASHINGTON — USDA’s “We at RMA place strong emphasis To qualify, producers operating Agriview is Vermont’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) on meeting the risk management in these 15 states must be insured Agricultural Publication of Record. today announced that Congress has needs of American agricultural pro- with certain crop insurance poli- It is published semimonthly by the made available up to $5 million to ducers, and especially those in this cies that have sales closing dates on Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets reduce the cost of crop insurance targeted group.” or after February 16, 2004 and 116 State Street, Drawer 20, Montpelier, VT 05620-2901 up to 15% for producers in 15 his- acreage reporting dates before Sep- Telephone: (802) 828-2416 • Fax: (802) 828-3831 torically underserved states, includ- The AMA program for crop in- tember 30, 2004. No additional ing Vermont. RMA’s Agricultural surance is available to producers in application is necessary. Steve R. Kerr, Secretary of Agriculture Management Assistance (AMA) the following states: Connecticut, Editor: Michael Schaefer, (802) 828-3829 program will provide these funds as Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massa- Interested producers should E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org financial assistance to producers as chusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, contact their agent regarding pro- authorized by the Federal Crop In- New Jersey, New York, Pennsylva- gram eligibility, availability, and Agriview is available online at surance Act (FCIA). nia, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, additional restrictions. A list of crop www.vermontagriculture.com West Virginia, and Wyoming. These insurance agents is available at lo- Advertising and subscriptions: “Producers in the 15 targeted are the 15 states designated in the cal Farm Service Agency offices or Teresa Doyle, (802) 828-2416 states are becoming increasingly law as historically underserved with by using RMA’s Agent Locator at: E-mail: email@example.com aware of crop insurance as a vital respect to crop insurance. The fi- http://www3.rma.usda.gov/ risk management tool,” said RMA nancial assistance will reduce crop tools/agents/. Yearly subscription: $10 Administrator Ross J. Davidson, Jr. insurance rates 5-15%. Printed by B.D. Press of Fairfax, Vermont March 5, 2004 www.vermontagriculture.com 3 MARKETPLACE Bees $600. Westford, Vt Tel 802- Sickle Mower- excellent 2002. (413) 772-3732 (3/ 879-4269 (3/12) Employment condition and 8' Field 12) 5-frame nucleus colonies for sale. Harrows; 1988 Ford F600 We raise our own queens from Scotch Highland bull for sale or Pete’s Greens, an organic specialty diesel w/ 18' flat bed dump w/ 1000 gallon Mueller bulk tank our hardiest stock each year. trade. Born 6/03, beautiful produce farm in Greensboro, removable side boards. with washer and heat ex- No frame exchange. $75/each. gentle animal. Would prefer to VT, seeks experienced farm/ Contact Don Davis, Cavendish changer tank for hot water, Mail $5 deposit to: Singing trade for another young crew manager for 2004 season 226-7324, dpdavis @tds.net $6,000. Johnson (802) 644- Cedars Apiary, 77 Singing Highland bull. Call Norwich and beyond. Year-round (3/12) 5577 (3/26) Cedars Road, Orwell, VT (802) 649-1568 or e-mail position possible, housing 05760. We will send you a Windyfarm@AOL. (3/26) available. Must be motivated, 550 Gallon Bulk Tank with confirmation and call you detail-oriented, and excited compressor. Also, Nupulse 2” Case 770 tractor, diesel, 65 pto when you can pick up in May. 10 heifers for sale, 5 Holsteins, 5 about farming! Good pay. pipeline complete. Will take hp, with HD loader, 7 ft. Telephone: 948-2057 (3/12) Holstein/Jersey cross, vet preg. Contact: (802) 533-9203 or beef or heifers in trade. bucket, $5,700. Pallet forks, 3 checked and vaccinated, due in firstname.lastname@example.org. (3/ Johnson 635-2633 (3/12) pt or loader mounted, $425. March. Johnson (802) 644- 26) Fork lift forks with mast, $150. Cattle 5577. (3/26) Allis Chalmers 5040 diesel, new Rutland Town (802) 236- Equipment rubber $2900, John Deere 4917 (3/26) Wanted: Dairy x beef bull calves Registered Polled Hereford bull, 14T baler, many new parts in Franklin county. Bakersfield 21 months old, large frame, 52 cubic foot (6’x6.5’x32") floral $400, Farm Hand pinwheel 8x12 ft walk-in cooler, without - 802 827 3046 or easy keeper. Rutland Town cooler with 2 glass doors. rake hydraulic lift $250 compressor. Includes fluores- email:email@example.com (3/ (802) 236-4917 (3/26) Excellent for aging cheese or Contact: Scott (802) 948- cent fixture and GFI socket. 12) for a variety of refrigeration 2774 (3/12) $150. Requires disassembly. Registered Angus Bulls For Sale – needs. Excellent condition, Hartland (802) 436-1355. Eight Holstein bred heifers - due 2 ready for service. Montpelier sliding doors need some work. Military racked trailer, heavy duty, (3/26) beginning in March. $1,250 (802) 223-3800 (3/26) 110 volt. $600. Call 827- great for fertilizer / lime / seed each. Call 3046. (3/12) from depot to field. $375 1,000 gal. Mueller bulk tank, (603) 469-3559 (3/26) Holstein heifer, due to freshen Contact: Scott (802) 948- Surge Kube Kooler, Agway soon. Call (802) 644-5117, 9 Foot Diamond Snow plow off a 2774 (3/12) washer controller, 2” pipe line 12 bred heifers, due April-May, 6 Edwards Farm, Jeffersonville 1994 Chevy one ton truck. for 60 head, compressor, plus yearlings. Call Weybridge (3/26) $900.00 Call 728-5068 (3/ For Sale: New Holland 27 Blower other milk house items. (802) 545-2767 (3/26) 12) $500. Gehl Forage wagon BU $5,000. takes all. (802) 525- For sale: Bull, Milking Devon , 710 $1200 Morrisville 802- 1188 (3/26) Bulls for sale out of 30,000- born August, 2003. Nice Farm Trucks - 1953 GMC stake 888-9174 or e-mail to 40,000 lbs. dams with sons in confirmation, size and truck, only two owners, stored, firstname.lastname@example.org John Deere 210 disc harrow, 14’, AI both international and temperment. Dam: 95,000 miles; 1948 Chev. (3/12) new paint & decals, 3 bar domestic. Bulls are sired Alderbrook Sweetheart; Sire: Stake truck with dump. Also, smoother on back , $2,750 by Garter, Magna, Mandel Wheelock Farm Brimstone. 1808 fire ladder, 33’ perfect 1977 GMC 550 truck, 12' OBO. Randolph Center (802) Moe and Trent! Dams have $600. Call Rob in East shape, original stenciling, from dump, flat-bed, 4/2, 350, 793-1206 (3/26) scored well and Hardwick, 472-3378. (3/26) Barre Fire Department, used everything works. Inspected sired by Formation, Bellwood, on silo, always stored. A.W. and Rick. Call (802) 948- Grav’s, Middletown Springs, 2260 (3/12) Dogs VT grain thresher complete unit with blower, seed 20 month old Registered Jersey Guardian Pups, Maremma, great separator screens and collection bull for sale. Montana son out predator protection for boxes, original paint and of a 1000 lb. BF Dam $650. livestock, $350 each. Stewart stenciling. No reasonable offer Twin Holstein heifers born 12/ Skrill, So. Randolph 728- refused. Brookfield 485-8266 30/03 $600 for both. Call 5814. (3/26) or email@example.com (3/ 802-728-5068. (3/12) 12) Short Haired Border Collie. Great Jersey/Holstein/Hereford heifer. working dog for either cattle or For Sale: Surge Electrobrain 6 stall 20 months old. 900 lbs. Bred sheep. Working parents. flat milking parlor w/auto with Jersey bull in pasture. $325. Stewart Skrill, So. detach milkers, plate cooler, 2" Due end of Feb/early March. Randolph 728-5814. (3/26) SS piping. Enrossi 3 pt. hitch Adver tising in Agriview ertising dver Subscription Price: $10 per year. Classified Ads: Free to subscribers, limited to 2 ads per issue, ads will run for 2 issues. Please include subscriber number with ad. Display Ads: The rate for display advertising is $5 per column inch (a column inch is approximately 2” wide and 1” deep). A 10% discount is available for prepaid display ads. Deadline For Ads: 10 days prior to the publication date. Classified advertisements must be sent: • By mail - (see address on page 2) • By e-mail - (to Teresa Doyle; firstname.lastname@example.org) • By fax - (802) 828-3831 • We do not accept classified ads over the phone. Only items of an agricultural nature will be listed. The only real 1 estate to be listed is tracts of Vermont land of five acres or more which are can or are used for agricultural purposes. The Commissioner reserves the right to make a final decision on the eligibility of items listed. The editor reserves the right to edit ads. The Vermont Department of Agriculture, Food and Markets assumes no responsibility for transactions resulting through advertising in Agriview. Advertisers are cautioned that it is against the law to misrepresent any product or service offered in a public notice or an advertisement carried in any publication delivered by the U.S. Mail. 4 www.vermontagriculture.com March 5, 2004 MARKETPLACE Jamesway 24’ silo unloader, new International “56” blower in very (3/26) auger, shroud, blower, $3,000. good condition, $300. Call E. Jamesway 20’ silo unloader, Hardwick (802) 533-7095 (3/ Two-row corn planter, John Deere, $1,000. 20’ 4-wheel silage or 26) $400. So. Royalton (802) 763- round bale feed wagon. Fairfax 7004 (3/26) 849-9776 (3/26) 3 bottom KEVERLAND 3 pt hitch adjustable auto-reset plows, like Brand New, still in box, Sta-Rite 1 5 h.p. Universal vacuum pump with new, $2,800. SUKUP 600, 6- hp medium head centrifugal oil reclaimer, $800.00 o.b.o. row auto-reset ridge till cultivator, pump. We need stainless steel, Granville (802) 767-3764 (3/ rolling de-hillers, shields and this one is not. $50. Call 26) guidance system, $4,700. 6-row Leicester (802) 247-0095 (3/ IH Air planter, $2,100. Call 26) Krone KR 130 Round Baler, George between 6 & 7 p.m. at excellent condition, $9,000. Call arm Property (802) 674-5426 in Windsor. (3/ Farm Proper ty / Barre (802) 476-9708 (3/26) 26) Farmland Farm For Sale – 5 bedroom farm Farmall Super A with trip bucket One pair of work horse harnesses house, 2 large barns, 2 bay garage and manure forks, $2,000. $300. One pair of pony with shop, machine shed on 11 Tractor in Waitsfield. Call harnesses $600. Call Tunbridge ½ open acres. Orleans 754-6042 Tunbridge 889-3211. (3/26) (802) 889-3422 (3/26) (3/12) Ford Super Dexta Tractor for sale. Winco 35 kw pto generator, very Feed New tires, runs excellent, $2,200. good shape, $1,500. Plainfield King Kutter 5’ rotary mower, 2 (802) 454-7846 (3/26) Certified organic hay for sale. 1st cut years old $425. John Deere 3 ph 1.50/bale. 2nd cut 2.25/bale. hopper spreader $200. Oliver 3 1981 I.H. truck, model #1754, 18 (802) 728-4282 (3/12) ph 2 bottom plow, $150. Woods ft. body, $5,500. 1990 Ford Model RM-42, 3 ph finish 350XL, dual wheels, 5th wheel, 80+ 4X4 2003 Round bales late cut mower, $150. 3 ph middle bumper hitch, 460 engine, good first and some second. Marginal buster sub-soiler combo, $100. condition, $7,500. 6,000 gallon quality, mixed grasses and some Call evenings Middlebury 388- steel tank, $950. Rotary mower, legumes, stacked and tarped 6045 (3/26) 6 ft., needs work, $350. 2 tractor outside. Don’t need and want tires, 20.8x38, $250. Several my space back. Free if you will John Deere 4020 with or without steel gates, corral panels, sheep take them away. Have loader to loader; 9 ft. Ag-Bagger; Martin panels, fence posts. Pittsford, VT fill your truck or trailer. Tender Box; John Deere Model (802) 483-2870 (3/26) Weybridge - (802) 545-2320 336 square baler with kicker; 2 (3/12) Steel kicker wagons; John Deere Incubator, new 2003, Sportsman Model 660 3 wheel rake; 10 ft. Model, multi-turn thermostat, 4 Hay for sale – 30+ 1st cut wrapped Brillion seeder; Model 970 Gehl trays, 3 turning, 1 for hatching. round bales for sale, 1,500 lbs. forage box; other miscellaneous Also humidity pail hook-up. each. $25 each or trade for items. Call for more information $450. Call Fort Edward, NY square bales. Leicester – 247- and prices. East Ryegate (802) (518) 638-6493 (3/26) 0095 (3/12) 633-4872 or 4104 (3/26) Martin manure spreader, 2400 Hay, second cut, nice, no rain, 800+ 6 h.p. Tecumseh, cast-iron, 3/4 inch gallon rear discharge, semi-solid. bales. West Barnet (802) 592- shaft. Runs, needs tune up. Also, Martin Equalizer loader. 3242 (3/12) $100 cash. Underhill 899-3450 N.H. blower with 9 inch pipe (3/26) and hood. Smoker solid bottom Hay for sale: Second cut, $2.50 per elevator 38 ft. Call Randolph bale. Barnet (802) 633-4149 1998 Ford F150 4x4 pick-up, (802) 728-5135 (3/26) (3/12) starts/runs good, new rims. Needs a little work, $600. OBO. New in the box Sunbeam Feed for sale: Corn silage, 500 tons Guilford (802) 254-6982 (3/ Supershear, 3 speed overhead +/-, $26/ton. Bridport 758- 26) shearing machine with used 2032 (3/12) flexible drive shaft in very good CB1000 Gehl chopper, $1,500. condition, $550. Will include 80-100 great quality 1st cut TR 3038 2-row corn head, Sunbe3am Supergrip Handpiece wrapped bales $20/bale; 40 1st nearly new, fits most all Gehl’s, in excellent condition (not sold cut wrapped bales $10/bale. $3,900. Field Queen side dump separately) as a complete, ready to Morrisville 802-888-9174 or e- wagon, $1,900. Birch Meadow go shearing set-up for $775. mail to Farm, Fairlee (802) 333-4840 Contact Peter Helmetag, Pawlet email@example.com (3/ (3/26) (802) 362-7322 or 12) firstname.lastname@example.org. 3600 gallon Houle liquid spreader, 4x4 wrapped round silage bales. hydraulic driven, mounted on a Certified organic or conventional 1985 Mack Econodyne, 1953 Farmall Super C, fast hitch, available. Triple wrapped. Milk 103,000 original miles, 350 nearly new tires, runs great, wide Hay $25. per bale. Heifer Hay Mack engine, 44 rears, 12 speed front end, fair paint, not rusty, $18. per bale. Forage analysis air shift with Jake. Almost stored in shed, $3,000. Harvest available on all feed. (3/12) immaculate, $36,000. Irasburg Hill Farm, Berlin, VT , (802) (802) 754-2466 (3/26) 223-7927 (3/26) Hay – Big, dense, wrapped round bales. Cut in early June 2003. Manure pump, 32 ft. WIC, used Massey Ferguson 165, 3 way remote Never got wet. Mostly dry $20/ two times, in brand new differential lock, row crop tractor, bale. Newbury 429-2464 (3/ condition, $6,500. 200 plus ft. Perkins engine, “she’s a runner”. 12) of 2 inch SS pipeline, air injector, Price $3,500. Harvest Hill Farm, glass bowl, make an offer. Berlin, VT (802) 223-7927 1st and 2nd cut 3 X 3 large square March 5, 2004 www.vermontagriculture.com 5 MARKETPLACE bales, analysis available. Sam mattress toppers, pillows, 2228 (3/12) teaser ram. Ewes bred to lamb in Lincoln, Randolph Center - dog and cat beds. De- April and May. $65/head if buy Sugaring Equip- 802-793-1206 (3/26) haired llama fiber, pin For Sale – Two year old gelding, all. E-mail ment drafted suri alpaca fiber, chestnut w/blaze Percheron X email@example.com or call 4 ft. wrapped bales, first & alpaca clouds - all ready Morgan. Handsome, athletic, pretty 885-4307. (Springfield) (3/12) second cut, $15. per bale. to spin. Samples mover. Should mature between 15 2 Carlin Model 601 CRD Oil Newport (802) 334-2079 available. West Mountain and 15.2 hands. Ties, loads and is Katahdin: Registered breeding stock. burners, 6-13 GPH, $500 (3/26) Farm, Stamford, VT good for the farrier. Asking $1,800. New bloodlines to New England. each. Hartland, VT 436- 05352, 802-694-1417 Call Brattleboro 254-2228 (3/12) Sires include triplet born, twin 3127 (3/12) 1st cut, good quality hay. $2.00 e.mail raised ram from 2003 NSIP per bale. Fairfax 849-9776 firstname.lastname@example.org (3/ Belgian Horses for sale or trade for beef Proven Katahdin Sire Trait leading (3/26) 12) or Holstein heifers. Also pair of sleds flock. Selected to produce and Gas powered diaphragm for sleigh rides. Johnson (802) 635- raise multiple market lambs vacuum sap pump, 3 years Hay for sale – 1st and 2nd cut North Country Organics 2633 (3/12) exclusively on forage. No. Pomfret old. Sap Puller model 400G. clean grass hay. $1.25 a bale. gypsum, 50 pound bags, (802) 295-3211 or e-mail Lightweight and portable Call Smokey House Center in $5. each. Middlebury, Belgium gelding 12 years old, 17.2 email@example.com (3/26) pump will increase sap flow Danby (802) 293-5121 (3/ Contact Ross at (802) hands, Blonde, Good to break colts by at least 50%-75% on 400 26) 388-2314 or or for any use. Works anywhere. firstname.lastname@example.org Guaranteed. $1800.00 Call eves or Hay for sale! $15.00 per bale – (3/26) leave message. Ware, Massachusetts Call Morrisville (802) 888- (413) 967 3410 (3/12) 7112 or (802) 793-4390 (3/ 26) Goats AQHA brown mare, 16 hands, 4 years old, very gentle. Reg. Conn/Tb grey Large, round, wrapped bales, FREE – Angora Goats free gelding, 14.2 hands, 4 years old, excellent quality. First and to good home only. Due brave. Grade ½ draft bay mare, 16.2 Second Cuts, $20.00-$25.00 to illness, I must disband hands, 5 years old, likes attention, each or Best Offer. Contact: my herd. Craftsbury does it all. $2,000. each. Vermont Bob Slattery, So. Royalton (802) 586-9640 (3/26) bred, born and raised. Walden, VT (802) 763-2076 or e-mail (802) 563-2755 (3/26) email@example.com (3/ Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goat 26) kids have started arriving Two (2) horses and a donkey. One at Old Mountain Farm! senior mare, one 19 yr. old gelding. Hay for Sale – 3000 bales, 2nd Healthy, friendly, Both good for trail rides. Great cut, nice firm John Deere milking/show quality. ground manners, wonderful bales, $2.75 at the barn. Call Does, bucks, wethers, dispositions and healthy. Good for Cabot 563-2756 (3/26) blue and brown eyed. confident intermediate. Must go to HES scored annually, good homes only, $1,000. each Dry Hay – 4x4, 2nd cut round many excellents. OBO. Donkey is a gelded Jack, 12 bales, not wrapped, $30.00 Bottleraising on request. h, very loving disposition, great each. Weathersfield (802) Prices start at $125.00. companion for weanling or any other 263-5243 (3/26) 25+ years of practical horse, must go to good home only, goat experience, enjoy $750. OBO. Please call Roberta at Corn Silage – 1500 tons, $25/ meeting/helping other (802) 496-4851 Waitsfield (3/26) ton, loaded. Newport (802) goat enthusiasts, and 467-3760 (3/26) showing off our beautiful goats. Visit or call the Llamas Round Hay Bales - $25/each - farm in southern Maine Moretown (802) 496-3614 at (207) 361-2126, or Llamas available: Great group born in (3/26) e-mail 2002 - 5 males and 3 females. Easy firstname.lastname@example.org. to work with. Wrapped round bales, 4th cut Check our web site at Packages - one bred female and one alfalfa, test 21% protein RFV www.oldmountainfarm.com. older female companion - $1500. 160-180, $35 a bale. CORN, (3/26) Several studs ready to work - from cleaned whole corn in 50# $1200. Guardian llamas. pet quality bags, $5 each in lots of 5 or Horses alpacas, companions. West Moun- more. Call George between 6 tain Farm, 240 Maltese Road, & 7 p.m. at (802) 674-5426 For Sale - Registered Black Stamford, VT 05352, 802-694- in Windsor. (3/26) Percheron mares 8 and 4 1417 e-mail email@example.com year olds. 17.1 hands, (3/12) Haylage – Good quality early first very well matched and cut in ag bags. Call evenings well broke $6000.00. or leave message Shelburne Also other horses Poultry (802) 864-5382 (3/26) available. Enosburg , Vermont 802-933- Beautiful Bantam Chickens, Vermont 1,335 Ton Corn Silage in Bunker, 2096 (3/12) raised, organically grown, 4 genera- $20. a ton. 150 round bales, tions, gentle and resilient to cold/ wrapped baleage, first cut early For Sale – Beautiful three heat. Tina/Dakina, Fairfax (802) June, $20. a bale. Call year old black w/star 849-6062. (3/26) Rutland 775-4424 or Cell # Percheron X Morgan filly. 345-2193. (3/26) Versatile conformation. Quiet, affectionate R abbits personality. should mature between 14.2 Sheep General and 15 hands. Ties, loads and is good for Warm up in comfort!! Vermont farrier. Asking $2,500. 31 E. Friesian x ewes, 8 Tunis ewe llama fiber filled comforters, Call Brattleboro 254- lambs, 1 Romanov ram, 1 Tunis 6 www.vermontagriculture.com March 5, 2004 MARKETPLACE taps. 2.5 hp Honda engine. $225. Also 50 Canadian cast limed last year. Open to Includes pop filters, quick spouts, $50. Paul Doyle, PO different arrangements, trade or coupler connectors to mainline, vacuum gauge and extra Box 282, Barton, VT 05822 – Phone (802) 754-6561 (3/ money. Call Israel 563-3063 or 563-6061. (3/12) Agrivew Hay & Forage grivew Forage diaphragms. This pump lists for $3,495 in the Leader catalog, 26) WANTED: Small dairy barn on 20-30 acres with or without ectory irector Director y asking $1,500 OBO. Reason Leader 2x4 sugar rig, $400. New for selling added more taps, Surge 1200 vac. pump, 5 ½ house. Orleans 754-6042 (3/ 12) need bigger model. East hp, with rebuilt pump, Montpelier (802) 223-0169 $1,200. Mueller 5 hp WANTED: Used chains to fit 18- Addison County cutting. For information call (3/26) condensing unit, will fit any 592-3356. (11/15) 6/30 tires for an International/ Addison - Hay: round bales, June bulk tank – R22 refrig. Call Case 680 Tractor. Brandon cut, fertilized. $75 a ton at South Ryegate - 30# square bales, New – 2 boxes 5/16” rigid tubing Jeffersonville (802) 644-5889 247-0201 (3/12) barn. Also, 2nd cut big square dry, 1st cut, $1.75 at barn. (grey), each box 500’, both for (3/26) bales, processed. 759-2336. Mulch by the truckload, $1.00 $50.00. Also, 2 filtering and Wanted: Want to buy a 2x6 (8/1) each, we load – you transport. canning tanks, takes cone filters, Bucket, cover & spout, $4.00 a sugaring rig, complete, can have Steve, 584-4450. (8/15) one 10 gallon, one 5 gallon, set. Call So. Royalton (802) tin pans, no bad leaks please, Cornwall – Hay – good quality, ideal for back yard sugar maker, 763-7004 (3/26) under a $1000. Call No. clean 1st cut square bales. $1 Chittenden County each. 462-3462. (11/1) both for $50.00. Have 2 or 3 Hartland 802-295-5539 (3/ Colchester - 500 tons +/- corn dozen flat filters, 22 x 30, Two bottle cappers, converted to 12) Cornwall – 1st and 2nd cut hay for silage: will sell in three (3) $15.00 takes all. Springfield press inner seals into syrup sale. Excellent quality, no dust, separate lots, $20 per ton. Jeff (802) 885-3185 (3/26) cans. Easy to use, does a better Wanted: Oliver Cletrac HG dozer $1.75-$2.50 per bale. Good Senesac 655-2862. (7/ parts and am also looking for a quality 4x4 round bales, $5- 15) job than by hand. $15. for $12. Can deliver to most areas Sap Bucket Washer in excellent pair or best offer. Telephone Farmall Cub or Farmall A for small fee. 462-2732. (11/ Essex - 1000 tons processed corn shape $300; sap buckets, covers Quechee (802) 295-5372 (3/ snowplow blade. South 15) silage,excellent quality $30.00 and spouts, stored, clean, 26) Strafford, VT (802-765-4823) per ton loaded. Discounts for (3/12) Lincoln – Premium 1st cut grass large volume & on time $10.00 each. Brookfield (802) mix, $2/bale. 2nd cut grass payment. Lorenzo 802-879- 485-8266 (3/26) mix, $3/bale. 1st cut round 5239 (2/6) Wanted: Mechanical chicken plucker; also square baler or bales (in plastic), $20/bale. 2 each 15 HP DeLaval Water Ring Wanted round baler for a 54 horse Long Mulch hay, $1/bale. Delivery Hinesburg - Round bales for sale: Vacuum Pumps; 1 DeLaval available. 453-4033. (8/15) excellent quality, $10 each. You tractor. Call Isle LaMotte 928- pick up. 482-2305. (8/1) Sanitary moisture trap. 3480 (3/12) New Haven – Hay 1st & 2nd cut, Enosburg Falls (802) 933-5974 Wanted: Used York rake, either 4 5,000 small square bales, at Hinesburg - Corn Sileage for sale, (3/26) or 5 foot, any make, must be 3 Wanted: Disc mower, 9’ or larger, barn. Haylage – 450 +/- tons $20 a ton. 482-2305 (2/27) pt hitch mount. Useable in repairable or useable in bunk. Corn Sileage 400 +/- 3,000 gallon round SS tank, condition. Contact via email at condition. Call Chris at (802) in bunk. Sold cows. Mahan Hinesburg – 5000 bales 1st cut, $2 Farm 545-2004 (2/6) per bale, quantity discount. 8’x11’, $2,000. Neal Sharrow, firstname.lastname@example.org. (3/12) 545-2006 (3/12) 300 bales 2nd cut, $2.75. Shrewsbury (802) 492-3732 Orwell - 5 X 5 round hay bales, Mulch hay, $1. 482-2376. (3/26) Wanted: Dairy x beef bull calves Wanted: Used Farm Tractor. 70- good quality mixed hay, cut (11/1) in Franklin County. East 90hp; 2 wheel drive. Call Hank mid-June, $20 per bale. 948- 16 qt. galvanized buckets, covers Fairfield 827-3046 (3/12) at (802) 453-4591 Starksboro. 2357 or email Hinesburg – Hay: clover, timothy (3/12) email@example.com and trefoil mix. Baled without and spouts, $2 each. Approxi- (8/1) getting wet. 4 X 4 round bales, mately 100 spouts for pipeline, WANTED: Paying cash for beef, $15 each. Last years, $7.50 $100. Call Tunbridge (802) sheep and goats. Weekly pick- Starksboro - Winter Rye Seed for each. Delivery available or Wanted: Up to ten (10) Holstein sale: Vermont Grown. $6.50/ loaded on your truck. 482- 889-3422 ups in your area. Top Prices heifers, 300-500 lbs. For pick Bu. Lewis Creek Farm, 2699 or 482-2556. (11/1) Paid. Call Rich at (802) 563- 453-4591. (8/1) up in April. Also a useable yoke 2282 or Cell Phone (802) with bows for a team of oxen (7 Hinesburg - Square bales horse Gilles Bernard double chamber 249-3002 (3/12) ½” to 9” range). Call Rillsock Vergennes - 4 X 4 round bales, hay, $1.50 per bale in barn. releaser $750. Leader 20 gallon Farm, W. Berlin, VT (802) double net wrapped, processed Also, for 2004, 50 acres gas fired canner with filter rack, WANTED: Operating Power 1st cut (2003), $15 a bale. standing hay – FREE. Call 485-7434 (3/12) Also 2nd cut square bales, alfalfa 482-2294. $500. Sihi vacuum pump with Steering motor for Ford 800 & grasses, $2.50 per bale. 759- 3 hp motor, $1,500. Two oil tractor manufactured 1955-57. Wanted: Mid to late 1990’s, 55- 2176. (10/15) St. George – Quality Hay & type vacuum pumps, $200. Ford part number is 03CO2 65 hp 4 wheel drive John Deere Mulch, square bales. Call Each NO motors. Vacuum Power Steering Pump – or Ford tractor, 2000 hours or Weybridge- FREE - 80+ 4X4 evenings or leave message with booster tank, $150. Milk can Schematic picture of the part less, with or without loader in 2003 Round bales late cut first Gerry Guillemette at 802-862- excellent condition. East and some second. Marginal 3741. (10/15) releaser, $300. Commercial type number is available to ensure quality, mixed grasses and some oil burner 10 gal/hr, $500. Two accuracy of the part. Call Montpelier (802) 223-0169 legumes, stacked and tarped Westford – hay: large square bales, stock tanks, 300 & 400 gal., (802) 457-2218 in the White (3/26) outside. Don’t need and want $2.00 a bale out of barn. Easy $200. each. Putney (802) 387- River area. (3/12) my space back. Free if you will access. 879-4269. (10/1) 4154 (3/26) Wanted: Kohler engine, 8 or more take them away. Have loader to horsepower, electric start. fill your truck or trailer. Williston – Late 1st cut hay, $1.50/ Wanted: Chicken Plucker and (802)545-2320 (2/60 bale. Mulch hay, $.75/bale. 260+ galvanized buckets – bucket, other processing equipment. Rutland Town (802) 236-4917 Delivery available. 310-4840. cover, spout, $3.00/each. Extra Call East Fairfield 827-3046 (3/26) Whiting: First and second cut (11/1) covers, 50 cents each. 800 (3/12) square bale horse & livestock Wanted: Solid bottom double hay, 40 to 50 pound bales. Shelburne – Haylage - Good spouts, 50 cents each. Kenneth chain elevator, 24’ to 30’. Call Mulch hay. Delivery available quality early first cut in ag bags. Bean, 4080 Mack Mtn. RD., Wanted: John Deere #1207 Cabot (802) 563-2756 (3/ in New England ad eastern Call evenings or leave message West Danville, VT 05873 (3/ Mover/Conditioner for parts or 26) New York or pick up at the Shelburne (802) 864-5382 (3/ 26) whole mover. Must have good farm. Large quantity available. 26) condition rubber crusher Popoma Farm (802) 623- Wanted: Implement for digging 6220 or firstname.lastname@example.org Franklin County 1500 gallon Mueller bulk tank, rollers. Dennis Jowell Scotch furrow to plant potatoes; also (11/15) good for sap, $1,200. or best Hollow Farm (802) 439 5136 implement for hilling potatoes. Fairfield - Organic, first cut grass offer. Raymond Maurais, 5425 before 8:00 pm Newbury, VT Tunbridge 889-3211 (3/26) Caledonia County hay. Analysis available. $2.00 VT RT 102, Canaan, VT (3/12) per bale. 933-4592 (1/9) 05903 – Phone: (802) 266- Barnet – Second crop wrapped Wanted: Polled Whiteface Bull, round bales, $20. Square bales, 8297 (3/26) WANTED: Someone to hay my around one year old. $2.00 633-3927. (10/15) Grand Isle County 15 acres of fields near Cabot Moretown (802) 496-3614 Tanaka gas powered tapper, used Plains two miles from Joes Peacham – Dry round bales Isle La Motte – Hay – 1st cut grass. (3/26) on a little less than 4,000 taps, Pond. They are in great shape, (under cover), wrapped, 1st & $2/bale. Also mulch hay, brush hogged for 6 years and 2nd cutting. Square bales, 2nd $1.50/bale. Call weekdays at March 5, 2004 www.vermontagriculture.com 7 MARKET REPORTS MARKET REPORT Wholesale Prices Nor thampton Co-Operative Auction Association, Inc. — March 2, 2004 perative orthampton Co-Operativ Auction Association, Inc. arch Mar March 2, 2004 Total Animals: 250 uyers: Buy Consignors: 94 Buyers: 98 EGGS: Calves Low High Cows Low High Feeder Pigs Low High Prices paid per dozen for VT Grade (each) 43.00 80.00 A brown eggs delivered to retail 45-60 lbs. 16.00 21.00 Canners 20.00 36.00 stores. 61-75 lbs. 34.00 58.00 Cutters 36.25 46.50 Lambs Low High 76-90 lbs. 48.00 69.00 Utility 47.50 52.25 70.00 195.00 Sorry, no egg prices to report this 91-105 lbs. 50.00 69.00 Hogs Low High Sheep Low High week. We apologize for any incon- 106 lbs & up 59.00 70.00 venience this may have caused. 45.00 51.00 24.00 80.00 Farm 70.00 305.00 Calves Sows Low High Goats Low High You can find more reports Started 86.00 24.50 39.50 (each) 18.00 150.00 online at Calves Boars Low High Rabbits: $3.00 - 10.00 each http://www.ams.usda.gov/ Feeder 59.00 Hay: $2.70 - $4.60)/bale 36.00 40.00 marketnews.htm Calves Mulch Hay: None Heifers NONE Shoats Low High This is the web source for Straw: None Veal NONE 40.00 58.00 USDA Market News Bulls 59.25 64.00 Steers 81.00 All prices are per hundredweight on the hoof unless otherwise indicated. Source: Northampton Cooperative Auction Association, Inc. Rep. Heifers NONE Agrivew Hay & Forage Directory Continued grivew irector Forage Directory 828-5435 or evenings and 400 lbs, round bales. Stored round bales. Also, mixed alfalfa 5837 (1/9) analysis is by UVM. Truckload weekends at 928-3471. (11/1) under cover. Leonard A. and grass wrapped round bales quantities available. (802) Herold, 276-3101. (11/1) with 18% protein. 766-2677. Fair Haven - 4X4 mixed grass hay 254-4634 (1/23) Grand Isle - Dry hay, 2003, round (10/1) bales, cut in June and July st bales (5’x5 1/2'). Grand Isle, Chelsea – Square baled hay, 1 cut, 2003, $15/bale. 537-2271. Townshend - Wrapped 5 X 4 Vermont location. To inspect large bales, $2.00/bale. Call Greensboro - 2nd cut square bales, (7/15) annual rye bales, 2nd cut 5 X 4 hay call 253-4515 or 479- Bonnie at 685-7733 or 685- former dairy, high quality. wrapped bales. (413) 772- 7841. (1/9) 4821 days Monday thru $3.00 per bale. Walden Farm, Florence – First cut dry round hay 3732. (9/1) Thursday; 684-2292 nights 533-7095. (10/1) bales. Stored under cover. Grand Isle – Alfalfa baleage, 4x4 and weekends and all day $20-$30 Delivery available. Westminster - Hay for sale: Square found wrapped, excellent Friday. (11/1) Greensboro – 300 4x4 wrapped Call 483-2362. (10/1) bales. 722-9828. (9/1) quality, 1st & 2nd cut, $20 & round bales, first cut 2003, all $25. Corn silage and haylage Chelsea – Approximately 100 milker quality, hay reports North Clarendon - High Moisture Whitingham - 5 ft. round bales in bunker for sale by the ton, square bales of hay, late cut, available, $15./bale, loaded. E. Shell Corn (H.M.S.C.) loaded dry 2nd cutting, mixed, mostly $25 a ton loaded. Call 372- $1.50/bale. Never been wet. Hardwick (802) 533-7095 on truck in field. 773-6837 or grass, loaded at the farm (local 6669 or 372-5635 (2/6) Call Al (802) 685-3162 (2/6) (2/26) cell phone 345-2193. (10/1) delivery possible). The Corse Farm, 368-7192, 7:30 AM or South Hero - Round bales, 4x4, Fairlee – 450 tons corn silage & North Troy - Large wrapped Pawlet - Corn silage in bunker, 6:30 PM or leave a message. nice mix of brome grass, clover, haylage mix, $30/ton. 150 round bales of excellent $20/ ton. Deer Flats Farm Answering machine on 7th ring. timothy, some alfalfa, $20. each tons haylage $30/ton. Truck- certified organic hay. Mixed 645-0405. (7/1) (9/15) at the farm. Delivery available. ing available. 333-4840. (7/ grasses and alfalfa: 1st cut, 2nd cut square bales, nice mix of 15) $22.00 a bale; 2nd cut, $25.00 Rutland - 300 tons haylage, $20/ the same as above, 40# bales, a bale. Quantity discounts. ton. 747-3057 or 345-2229. $3.50 each. Delivery available Randolph Center- Mulch hay for Square bales, approx. 45 lbs., (8/1) Windsor County within 50 miles. (802) 372- sale: delivery possible. 728- certified organic, $2.25 per 3400. (2/27) 5413 or email bale. Delivery available. 988- West Rutland – Corn silage, Chester – Alfalfa baleage, 4x4 email@example.com or 4384, leave message. (10/1) processed and preserved in Ag- round wrapped, excellent Lamoille County firstname.lastname@example.org (8/15) Bag, $25/Ton 438-5720 (2/ quality 1st and 2nd cut. Call for North Troy – 1st and 2nd cut 6) information. 875-2883. (11/ Jeffersonville - 4 X 4 wrapped Randolph Center - 1st and 2nd cut haylage, stored in Ag Bag, $30 1) round silage bales, certified 3 X 3 large square bales, per ton. Corn silage, 1200- Washington County organic or conventional. Triple analysis available. Sam Lincoln 1500 tons, good quality, well- Pomfret – 100 wrapped 5x4 wrapped. Milk hay, $25 per 802-793-1206. (2/27) packed in bunk. $30 per ton. Barre - Organic 2nd cut hay….free. bales, $20 per bale. 2nd cut bale. Heifer hay, $18 per bale. 988-2959. (1/9) 479-9683. (9/1) square bales, $4 per bale. Call Forage analysis results available Randolph Center : 1000 1st cut 457-1520 (2/26) on all feed. Mountain Road square bales $2.00/bale. Call Westfield – 700 tons of good East Montpelier – Hay – Good Farm, 644-5138. (9/15) 802-728-5068. (2/6) quality corn silage . Well quality, first cut, round bales in Rochester - Corn Silage $25/ton. st nd packed in 3 bunks. 744-2427. ag bags, $18 each. Volume Hay $3/bale. Delivery available. Morrisville - 80-100 great quality Tunbridge - 1 and 2 cut round (10/15) discount available. 456-8700 Liberty Hill Farm, 802-767- 1st cut wrapped bales $20/bale; bales: dry & wrapped baleage. evenings (1/9) 3926. 40 1st cut wrapped bales $10/ $20 to $30 depending on bale. Morrisville 802-888- 9174 or e-mail to quality. 889-5512. (9/1) Rutland County Marshfield – Cert. Organic hay, Woodstock – Hay 2nd cut, 800 round bales, wrapped and dry. bales at $4.25. 7 ton grain bin, email@example.com (2/ Washington - 3500 good quality Benson - 200 round bales for sale, $15-20. Joe Lee at 426-3123 $350. 457-3637 (11/15) 6) square bales, $2 a bale in barn. June/July cut hay. $10 per or 426-3339. (10/15) 883-2235. (11/1) bale. 537-3411. (8/1) Bethel – Good quality 1st cut 4x4 Orange County Plainfield – Large, solid, good wrapped round bales, $18.00 Benson - 4 X 4 hay bales, priced at quality, organic (not certified), each, plus 100 2nd cut square Brookfield - For Sale or Equal Orleans County $5, $10, and $15 per bale. square-baled hay. Most never bales $2.00 each at the barn. Value Trade: 1,500 square bales 537-2271. (9/15) wet. Call for information. All bales mixed grass and clover. of hay, both last year and this Albany - 400 round bales for sale 454-7888. (11/15) Also some 1st cut square bales. year’s hay. Price is $1.50 a bale on our farm in Albany, Vt. Benson - Hay, large round bales, (802) 234-5653 (1/23) or trade for equal value heifers The price is $12/bale. Our 1st cut, $5.00-$7.50-$10.00 or cows. Contact Tom Kidder phone number is 802-755- 537-2271 (12/12) Windham County at 276-3477. (8/15) 9918 (1/17) Danby - 2nd Cut round bales for Brattleboro – Hay & Forage, Brookfield – 1st and 2nd cut hay, Derby - 1st & 2nd cut wrapped sale, $15 each. (802) 293- Alfalfa/Baleage, 4x4 wrapped, 8 www.vermontagriculture.com March 5, 2004 CALENDAR 2004 Calving and Calf Management Clinic ceipt of your registration. ter, Waterbury) will garner the tools learned about building March 6 To learn more, call (802) 524 6501 Extension 212 or healthy soils to produce healthy feed and create an overall (802) 257 7967 Extension 14. sound farm management plan. The course fee is$75 (or $30 The University of Vermont Extension and U.S. Depart- per class) or $175 if paired with a farmer mentor. For more Dr. Kent Anderson of Valleywide Veterinary Services will be ment of Agriculture, Cooperating offer education and em- information about the course, please contact: Heather Darby, presenting a calving and calf management clinic on Saturday, ployment to everyone without regard to race, color, national Univ. of Vermont Extension, 802-524-6501 ext. 206. March 6 at Northeast Corner Farm in East Thetford, VT. Dr. origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual Anderson is the consulting veterinarian for the Vermont Beef orientation, and marital or familial status. If you require an Windham County School to Farm Producers’ Association - he will address the following topics: 1) accommodation to participate in this program, please notify Connections: preparing for calving, 2) the birthing process, 3) neo-natal calf University of Vermont Extension at (802) 257-7967 one griculture eveloping Agricultur Education Developing A griculture Education in the care, 4) calf management, and 5) castration. As in the past, he week in advance of the event date. Classroom and on the Farm will give a hands-on castration demonstration. Registration will mers/Teachers orkshop armers/T Farmers/Teachers Workshop begin at 9:00 a.m. with the program commencing at 9:15 and Pruning and Grafting Workshops Grafting orkshops April 2, 2004 concluding at 12:30 p.m. Please dress warmly as the meeting at Scott Farm will be held in the barn. Refreshments will be provided in the March 20 & 27 Sponsored By: Strolling of the Heifers, Inc. morning. The cost is $6.00 per person ($3.00 per youth) at the Date: April 2, 2004 door. For directions, please contact Cathy Emmons at (802) Scott Farm will hold a series of workshops in March. On Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM 457-1520 or firstname.lastname@example.org. March 20th, a workshop on grafting for professional growers Cost: $15.00, lunch is provided will be held from 1 – 3:30 pm. The course will be a hands- Location: University of Vermont Extension Office, Demonstration rault’ Brault Composting Demonstration at Brault’s on practicum where participants will learn and practice win- Brattleboro, VT Slaughterhouse and Butchershop ter and spring grafting techniques on trees of different sizes Collaborators: March 12, 2004 and ages. The cost of the class will be $40.00 and will be Strolling of the Heifers, Inc. held at Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Road, Dummerston, VT. Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont: Farm Route 100, Village of Troy For more information or to reserve a space, call 802-254- to School Mentor Program 10am - noon 6868 or email email@example.com. University of Vermont Extension: Youth Horticulture Agenda Project On March 27, Scott Farm will host two workshops for Shelburne Farms Introductions and Overview back yard fruit growers. A pruning class will be held from 9 Background on Slaughterhouse Operation am – Noon. Participants will receive individualized instruc- Be inspired by your peers already involved in this work! Practices of Rendering and Management of Offal/Residu- tion while pruning a variety of old and young fruit trees. Get practical tools to incorporate agriculture education into als The second session will go from 1 – 3 pm and will give your farm or your curriculum Composting Practices (Site, Materials, Equipment, Labor) participants hands-on practice grafting apple trees. The goal Participate in two different field trip experiences to local Troubleshooting Potential Odors, Scavengers and Runoff of both courses is to give participants the knowledge, confi- farms Use of Finished Compost dence and skills needed to work on their own back yard Appropriate for elementary and middle schoolteachers and Economics of Rendering Options trees. The fee for each of these classes is $25.00 or $40.00 adaptable to the high school level. Lessons Learned for both of them and will be held at Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Discussion, Questions and Answers Road, Dummerston, VT. For more information or to re- The Workshop will cover the following: serve a space, call 802-254-6868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Synergistic activities for the classroom and farm This workshop is in part funded by Northeast Sustainable Logistics of opening a farm to school groups Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), a program of the thern orther New England Nor thern New England Local agriculture and food education applied to Vermont USDA. “Implementing Natural Rendering on Farms and Butch- Small and Beginning Farmer Conference. Standards ering Operations,” is a 3-state project in VT, NY and PA led by March 26th and 27th, 2004 Case studies of successful farm based education programs Cornell Waste Management Institute with its partners WASTE WHY: Attend a seminar totally geared to the needs and Agricultural resources in the region NOT Resource Solutions and PA Extension Service. Thanks to interests of small, entry level, and yet-to-be farmers. It will Pre-registration required. For more information about this Tony Brault and other presenters for sharing their time and be full of practical methods and practices you will want to event, please call UVM Extension, Brattleboro Office and ask experiences. Thanks to The Highfields Institute (THI) and to employ on your farm. for Sara Coblyn, Youth Horticulture Coordinator the Composting Association of Vermont (CAV) for promoting WHERE: Snowy Owl Inn, Waterville Valley, NH # 1-800- 278-5480 or this event. (only 1¼ hours north of Concord, right off I-93) # 802-257- 7967 ext. 18 Download a registration form today at For more information please contact: www.beginnerfarmers.org School Milk Grant Deadline Brian Jerose, Partner- WASTE NOT Resource Solutions For more infromation: Call Vikki Thelemark at 603- April 5, 2004 (802) 933-8789 or 933-8336 or email@example.com 323-3369 Presented by Beginning Farmers of New Hampshire The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is offering grants for Livestock Record Keeping Seminar and co-sponsored by Vermont New Farmer Network school milk equipment. The agency is accepting grant applica- March 13, 2004 tions through April 5, 2004. The funding for the grant pro- Vermont Holstein Association Annual ermont Holstein Association gram comes from Vermont dairy farmers through the Vermont Meeting Dairy Promotion Council. Beef and sheep farmers will learn the importance of record March 27 keeping to manage their animals at a seminar at Lake Morey Inn Tour Gladstone’s Newmont Farm in Bradford (VT Dairy The grant provides funding for 50%, up to $2000, of the in Fairlee, Vermont on Saturday, March 13, 2004. The seminar Farm of the Year), followed by lunch and meeting at the purchase price of a milk vending machine or a milk cooler. will be held from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and lunch will be Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee Typically, milk coolers are forced cold air. Milk vending ma- provided. chines are growing in popularity and demand. The vending Specialists from the University of Vermont Extension will machines can also sell string cheese, yogurt and drinkable yo- team up with a computer specialist from Ontario to explain how irt Dir Soil The Dir t on Soil gurt products. Vending machines in Vermont schools have computer programs can be used to track animal health, repro- March 31 been very successful, Data from machines in schools in Lamoille, duction, and productivity. Cow Herd Analysis of Performance (March/April, 2004) Addison and Washington counties shows that between Sep- Software (CHAPS) will be used as an example for beef records This course will tie together all the critical aspects tember 1, 2003 and November 30, 2003 schools sold over and Ewe Byte will be used as an example for sheep records. of growing nutritious, quality feed for livestock. Participants 12000 pints of milk, over 3000 pieces of string cheese and Specialists will explain the value in keeping good records and will come to understand why building a healthy soil trans- Cabot cheddar cheese, over 1500 cups of yogurt. These sales will demonstrate how the records are kept on these programs. lates into production of high quality feed. The course will were new sales in addition to the dairy products sold on the To sign up for the seminar, send $25 per person along with include three classes. Class one (March 19, UVM Campus, school lunch line. For more information contact Denise Russo your name, address and phone number by March 5, 2004 to: Burlington) will introduce participants to the basics of soil at 828-3835 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The grant application Record Keeping Seminar, UVM EXT., 278 South Main St. #2, health, class two (March 31, VTC Campus, Randolph) will can be downloaded and printed from the agency’s website – St. Albans, Vermont 05478. Make checks payable to UVM bring students to a more advanced understanding of soil www.vermontagriculture.com Extension. Confirmation and directions will be sent upon re- dynamics and class three (April 15, Cyprian Learning Cen- March 5, 2004 www.vermontagriculture.com 9 MAPLE OPENHOUSE WEEKEND 2004 “Openhouse 2004” Continued from Page 1 Vermont Celebrates ermont March is sugaring time in Ver- maple-themed events from pancake kicks off maple season, the first agri- Take advantage of the many spe- Maple Open House mont and it is a tradition that dates breakfasts to sugar-on-snow parties cultural harvest of the year. cial lodging and dining packages. arch Mar Weekend March 19 - 21 back to well before Vermont was and more. Visit one of the many For events listings in your area even a republic. Over the week- The Governor’s Official Tree- sugarhouses open to the public visit the official Vermont Maple What: Vermont’s Third Annual end of March 19-21, sugarhouses Tapping Ceremony will take place at Learn about the history of website at www.vermontmaple.org Maple Open House Weekend around the state will be opening the Jackson Gore Inn and Resort in maple, how maple syrup, maple for details on what’s happening in When: March 19-21, 2004 their doors to the public and many Ludlow on Friday, March 19 start- candy, maple cream and other maple your region. Where: Events statewide. towns will be featuring special ing at 11:00 a.m. The event officially specialties are made. Vermont Maple Open House Weekend 2004 ermont Maple Open House ermont Maple Fact Sheet Vermont Maple Fact Sheet guishes Vermont Maple. research center in the nation, studies environmental and other Aside from being just about the sweetest thing you ever impacts on maple trees and helps maple producers to maintain ate, Maple is among the historied heritage of Vermont. As There is a long proud tradition of maple syrup produc- healthy trees. Producers themselves have long supported, pro- well as being one of the state’s largest crops, and its first of the tion in Vermont, beginning before there was a state or a moted and implemented the programs of the Center. Volun- year annually, maple sugar from Vermont accounts for ap- country. The Native Americans discovered that the sap from teers from the various County organizations and the Vermont proximately 37 percent of the nation’s entire production of the sugar maple tree was sweet and became sweeter as it was Maple Sugarmakers Association donate time to help raise funds the crop. Vermont leads the U.S. in maple production. cooked. When the colonists arrived with their metal pots, for research, education and promotion through sales of maple An average maple crop in Vermont will tap into between they learned how to boil sap every spring to make syrup and products at fairs, field days and the Eastern States Exposition. 400,000 and 500,000 gallons annually, with a total for 2003 valued the syrup as a nourishing and delicious food. The hovering around 430,000. sugaring tradition continues today with many families. A Maple syrup production provides welcome income to many While the hard numbers speak for themselves about botanist from the University of Vermont is fairly certain that dairy farmers, traditionally helping their farms to survive dur- Vermont’s sweet treat, below are some “lesser known facts” the discovery of maple sap’s sweetness and flavor was first ing difficult times. Sugaring contributes to the diversification that are just as interesting. made by a Native American sucking on an icicle formed of other sectors of the Vermont agricultural scene – there are from sap dripping from a broken branch. sugarmakers who are also Christmas tree farmers, fruit and Maple syrup is the first agricultural crop of the year, and vegetable farmers, beef farmers, turkey farmers, and more, de- likely was the first agricultural product of the settlers who Vermont produces more maple syrup than any other state pending on their maple production for income from the farm. came to Vermont. Maple sugar can clearly lay claim to the title in the country, and maple syrup has become a part of the Indeed, it is believed by some Vermonters who have studied “Vermont’s first Specialty Product.” In 1793, 83 families in Vermont “brand” in the minds of visitors to the state. A maple history, that the expression “seed money” is derived from Cavendish, Vermont made 80,000 pounds of maple sugar in recent survey found that “maple syrup” came to people’s the early maple industry, where profits of the harvest were used outdoor sugar camps! minds first when they were asked about Vermont. In fact, to invest in the purchase of the upcoming season’s seeds. the official Vermont state quarter depicts a man checking his Maple is the flagship product of the State of Vermont. It is sap buckets in the spring! Other Vermonters supplement their income with sugaring a rallying point when other Vermont products are promoted. operations that range from small to large. In many instances, The Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association began in 1893 The Vermont maple industry has a positive influence on for both full time farmers and part time sugarmakers, produc- to further promote the high quality of pure Vermont Maple the Vermont economy, both monetarily and in job creation. ing maple is a family affair that unites the generations with products. According to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, the maple hard work and eventual tangible rewards. industry has an economic impact of $226,000,000 in maple The production of maple syrup is a highly sustainable syrup and maple product sales, maple equipment and con- There has long been a link between maple and tourism in activity. In many operations, the fuel wood that is burned to tainer sales, fall foliage viewing and full/part-time employ- Vermont. Not only do tourists travel here in the fall to see the boil down the sap into syrup is gathered on the same woodlot ment. glorious foliage, prominently from the maple trees, but also where the sap comes from, as sugar makers thin out their often leave the state with maple products, which helps woods to improve tree health. The Vermont maple industry depends on healthy maple Vermont’s economy. The Flavor of Vermont serves as a re- trees, so there is a positive environmental impact as well. The minder of the Green Mountain State. The combination of Maple products taste good!! Maple became the Official industry and its proponents work together to maintain the farms and forests creates the “working landscape” that tourists Flavor of Vermont by an act of the Legislature in 1994. It is viability of the trees. The University of Vermont’s Proctor love to visit. not the sweetness, but the flavor and the purity that distin- Maple Research Center the oldest and largest such maple Vermont Public Television Cooks With Maple March 6 ermont Public arch Maple Mar As warm days and cold nights - Armande Tremblay, St. Maple Apple Cake make the sap run, Vermont Public Albans, Vt. Maple Sticky Buns Television will open its studio kitchen - Doug Mack, Inn at Baldwin for a new cooking special that cel- - Marshall Faye, Executive Creek, Bristol, Vt. Lamb and Eggplant ebrates a famous Vermont flavor. Pastry Chef, Trapp Family Lodge, Maple Curry “VPT Cooks: Pure Maple Magic” Stowe, Vt. Maple Cream Pie/ premieres live on Saturday, March 6, Maple Scones Viewers will be invited to call dur- at 2 p.m. and will be repeated Sun- ing the program to ask questions and day, March 14, at noon. - Nicki Paquette, St. Albans, Vt. make pledges to support VPT. The Homestyle Maple Barbecue recipes demonstrated will be included Tim Buskey of the Vermont Farm Sauce in a cookbook offered during the pro- Bureau will host. Chefs from area gram. “VPT Cooks: Pure Maple restaurants and home cooks will be - A representative of Jeff ’s Maine Magic” is produced in cooperation in the studio demonstrating their fa- Seafood, St. Albans, Vt. Grilled with the Vermont Maple Promotions vorite recipes. Maple- and Soy-Marinated Wild Board and the Vermont Department King Salmon of Agriculture. Producer is Neil Hilt. The guests, with the dishes they A picture may be worth a thousand words, but “yum” is most plan to make, are: - Diane Rielly, Georgia, Vt. frequently associated with Vermont maple. 10 www.vermontagriculture.com March 5, 2004 VEGETABLE & BERRY PAGE Notes of the Winter Meeting of the Vermont Beekeepers Association Meeting ermont Association January 27, 2004 PART I the winners in the honey contest. The Beltsville lab did a study on producers and packers and how now He then told us what he found with Check Mite and found it to be le- the packers and inspectors want to By Ingrid Boette thal to queen rearing. Because of his inspections. form their own board and will pay He found 94 with foulbrood out the new Bioterrorism regulations, the 1 cent per lb. That will mean Mike Palmer called the meeting there is a pamphlet out for our ben- to order at 9:35AM with approx. of 3,000 hives inspected. 2,000 that the producers, the beekeepers hives were inspected for varroa and efit called Keeping Food Safe and will have no say on the board. This 45 people in attendance – more came how it may impact our honey busi- in later but I did not get the total 1,400 (73%) were positive. Small will probably be the last year of the hive beetles inspection of 1700 hives ness. Lastly, all people having nukes honey board. count. lightpath’ Flightpath ‘ The Flightpath’ or queens for sale showed 1200 (68%) infested.. must call the inspector to set up We concluded this part of our Mike thought it would be inter- an appointment for inspections. esting to find out exactly when the At the American Beekeeper’s discussion with the secretary’s report club came into being and someone meeting that Steve attended in and Check Mite are still in section given by Ingrid Boette. It was ap- Florida, various new medications 18 and in the process of getting re- Mike then talked about how he proved as read. said they would look into it. would like to see EAS come back to were discussed. On the varroa front, newed. A trap and lure system was (to be continued next month) a fungus was found to work very found to work well in Florida for VT since it evidently drew an all time John Tardie gave the treasurer’s high attendance record when it was report and stated that on January well however no company has the small hive beetle. Beetles seem stepped forward to produce it since to like shade so keep your hives in here a number of years ago. Bill VBA WEB SITE 26, 2004 the check book balance Mares said that we really should have was $4,319.21 but he said that it it seems to be a no money maker. sun. They also go for weak hives. A UNDERGOING BIG Mann Lake is interested in obtain- new product called a delegate from VT to EAS since at did not yet reflect the additional ing the rights to produce the formic Sucrocide for improved varroa the present time our closest repre- CHANGES $500 that came in with member- sentative is someone from NY. No ship dues as of today. acid gel pack. A Canadian company control is out but very work inten- one volunteered to be the one. We We hope to have our new Ver- NOD apiary now has a one treat- sive so it will probably only be used ment formic acid pack that they are by hobbyists who don’t want to use also need some representatives to help mont Beekeepers Association web Next came the bee inspector’s re- elect delegates to the National Honey site up and running this month. It port from Steve Parise who named trying to get into the USA. API life chemicals. Board. Bill Mraz talked about the will have an expanded range of fea- tures to serve Vermont beekeepers. Seed Sowing and Other March Gardening Tips By Charlie Nardozzi, Chair- inside this depression, otherwise the Otherwise you may place too much The famous American writer is used to take people’s minds off their man of the Board of Directors tuber may rot. stress on younger trees. Henry Thoreau was another early problems and pain, and to help alle- Vermont Botanical Garden, In mid to late winter with warm Before the gardening season be- American naturalist, who wrote viate depression, whether in a hospi- and Dr. Leonard Perry, weather, fruit tree buds will start to gins to pick up speed in coming about the positive effects of nature tal or home garden. Extension Professor swell. This is an excellent time to start months, check your local garden on humans in his book, “Walden.” Although the focus of horticul- University of Vermont pruning apple, plum, and cherry stores now for seminars while you More recently, Harvard zoologist tural therapy is often on the process trees. Plum trees should be pruned have some time. Edward Wilson has written at length of gardening, one of the earliest sci- to an open center, while apple and on his belief that humans have a entific studies concerned the mere If you like to start plants from cherry trees grow best pruned to a The Therapies natural affinity with nature, a trait sight of gardens. Roger Ulrich, from seeds at home, now is the month to modified leader (center more closed of Gardens he believes is partly a genetic ten- Texas A&M University, found that really begin sowing. It is also the and tree is more upright). Any dead, dency. He has termed this hospital patients with views of nice time to think about fruit trees, and diseased, or broken branches should It’s no surprise that in these times “biophilia.” Such ideas of Olmsted, landscapes recovered from surgery to use some pruned branches to force be removed, as well as crossing of uncertainty in the world, more Thoreau, and others can now be more quickly than those without indoors into bloom. branches and twiggy, non-produc- work, and less time it seems for per- found in the field of environmental such views. Long-season alliums (members of tive growth. sonal and family pleasures, that a new psychology, and ideas from this field One of the more recent studies, the onion family) such as leeks and While you’re pruning flowering trend of home garden design to pro- are being incorporated into plan- by Terry Hartig and colleagues in the onions should be started from seed trees such as crabapple and plum, cut vide stress relief has begun to emerge ning “urban forests” in Europe. Journal of Environmental Psyc ology, early in the month. Unlike the some two-foot sections of pruned in Europe. In the Netherlands it has Horticulture Therapy is a rela- found that young adults exposed to quicker growing broccoli and toma- limbs with flower buds on them been termed “geo-sense” gardening, tively recent field of study that pri- stressful situations recovered much toes, onions need 10-12 weeks of (flower buds are larger than leaf with the emphasis mainly on proper marily focuses on the effects of the more quickly when they were put growth indoors before they go in the buds), place the cut ends in a bucket use of colors. process of gardening on rehabilita- into a room with views of trees, and garden. Sprinkle the seed on top of of warm water, and bring them in- The trend of designing home tion. Anyone that gardens knows walked through a natural setting, seed-starting mix, keep it moist, and doors to force the flowers to open. In gardens with specific, relaxing quali- that the process of gardening is than those that didn’t. Viewing a as soon as the seedlings emerge, place a few weeks’ time, your house will ties in mind may be a new trend, but therapeutic. This actually has been garden or natural vista can reduce the flats under grow lights so they smell of spring even though the snow it has much deeper roots as seen in put to use in many hospitals, to help blood pressure, pulse rate, and in- grow strong. may still be flying outdoors. the ancient gardens of Egypt, Persia, recovering patients. Many botanic crease brain activity related to mood Other vegetable seeds you might Now is the time to order bare-rot and China. The wealthy merchants gardens now have gardens and pro- alteration, often within minutes. start indoors the middle of the month fruit trees online or through catalogs. or nobility of these ancient civiliza- grams specifically designed for in- To keep up with studies on horti- include celery, cabbage, and broc- Bare-root trees are shipped in late tions went to great lengths and ex- teraction by those with physical culture therapy, and to learn more coli. Toward the end of the month winter or early spring before they pense to bring nature into their own challenges. Even some prisons now about this field, a couple of good you can start tomatoes and peppers start to grow. Often you’ll get a bet- “urban” environments. Later, this have gardening programs. starting points are the American Hor- indoors. Some like to start these early ter selection from such specialty mail- could be seen in European parks, at One of the main mental health ticultural Therapy Association in the month, but unless you have order companies now than from lo- palaces, and country estates in En- benefits that such gardening activi- (www.ahta.org) and the Horticul- good light, the plants can get too cal garden stores in spring. Trees will gland. ties provide anyone, whether in one tural Therapy Institute spindly before you put them out in be shipped for planting time in your In our own country some of the of these programs or in a home gar- (www.htinstitute.org). This season late spring. area, and they should be planted first, and many of the most famous, den, is a sense of control. This could when you are enjoying working in Flower seeds you might sow early immediately upon arrival. parks were designed by Frederick be as simple as taking a cutting, or simply enjoying your garden, keep in the month include pansies and Other activities for this month Law Olmsted. His most famous planting a seed, nurturing a seed- in mind you are doing as many oth- the annual vinca or periwinkle. Pe- include sharpening hoes and prun- work from the 1860’s, and the one ling. Control of your home garden ers have for centuries. Think of the tunia and impatiens seeds might be ers if you didn’t do so last fall. Spe- many parks have copied, is New York’s (a challenge in itself for some of us scientific basis being investigated be- sown later in the month. cial files just for this purpose can be Central Park. gardeners) can provide an antidote hind gardening benefits. Consider Check your stored summer bulbs found at complete garden stores or Its acres of rambling walks, open for problems of work and the world what gardening activities, or quali- such as cannas. If they’re sprouted, online. One with minuscule dia- spaces, ponds, and natural vistas with beyond our control. ties about your garden, provide you pot them and begin to water. Later mond fragments does an excellent job much of the city and crossing roads Another important mental health the most therapy and stress relief. in the month you can plant the tu- very quickly. hidden from view, still provide stress benefit utilized in horticulture bers of tuberous begonias. Plant with If you are tapping maple trees for relief for locals and visitors. Olmsted’s therapy is the ability of gardening Checked out Perry’s Perennial Pages the concave side up, and level with sap this month, remember not to tap designs reflected his view that people to distract, more so than many other lately? http://www.uvm.edu/~pass/ the soil surface. Don’t let water stand any under ten inches in diameter. need to keep connected with nature. rehabilitation activities. Gardening perry/ March 5, 2004 www.vermontagriculture.com 11 AG NEWS BRIEFS Judges Needed for Dairy Needed Dair airy Dairy of Distinction Distinction Pr of Distinction Program Applications Accepted Now The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is recruiting ermont Agency griculture recr Agricultur ecruiting Dair airy Distinction judges for the 2004 Dair y of Distinction It’s not too early to turn in your Dairy of Distinction, you will be aspects of the farm operation such as application for the Dairy of Distinc- signed up to be judged automati- cleanliness of animals, the barnyard, program. If you are familiar with farming, and tion program. All applications must cally. You do not need to reapply. feed areas and manure management. mont’ ermont would like to spend a day looking at Vermont’s be received by April 15, 2004. The most scenic dairy farms, contact Denise Russo at dairy farms, Denise Russo Dairy of Distinction program recog- Farm judging takes place in June If you would like an application, your 802-828-3835. We will pay for your mileage and nizes dairy farmers for their contri- and is based on several criteria, in- you can download one from the lunch, and you can form a team of up to 3 bution to Vermont and to the image cluding: clean and attractively fin- internet at www.state.vt.us/agric or people. of the dairy industry. All dairy farm- ished buildings; neat landscaping, www.vermontdairy.com. You can ers in Vermont –cow, sheep and goat ditches, and roads and lanes; and well also contact Denise Russo by phone “CREP” - are encouraged to apply to have maintained fences. Also taken into at 802-828-3835 or email at Continued from Page 1 their farm recognized as a Dairy of account are the conditions of other email@example.com. Distinction. If your farm is already a years and said both the public and For example, if a farmer fences farmers will benefit from this program. “The public gains the environmen- tal benefits of protecting land water his cattle back 100 feet from a stream, for 1000 feet of stream frontage, he gives up 100,000 Vermont Fresh Network Announces ermont Fr Networ etwork and providing riparian zones for wild- life along streams, and the farmers ben- square feet, or 2.5 acres, of pro- ductive land. irector New Executive Dir a New Executive Director efit financially by participating.” This area is worth roughly $85 per acre, or $212 per acre per year Dr. Amy B. Trubek has been visionary, and committed to build- articles on food, culture, and local oney Mone y Talks for 15 years, which makes up for appointed as the new Executive ing a stronger local food system in food systems in Boston Globe, the pasture value loss. The incen- Director of the Vermont Fresh Net- Vermont,” says VFN president-elect Burlington Free Press, When fund- tive for partici- work, a non-profit organization that Robin Schempp. Gastronomica, The Art of Eating, ing is provided pating is an ad- builds innovative partnerships Amy taught at New England and Expedition Magazine. She is also by both state “ This more than covers ditional $31 among Vermont farmers, chefs, and Culinary Institute for eight years. She the author of Haute Cuisine: How more cov and federal re- per acre, for a consumers to strengthen Vermont’s coordinated the Institute’s Critical the French Invented the Culinary the loss of the pasture working landscape. Thinking program and created cur- Profession (University of Pennsylva- sources, the pay- total of $1162 ment to farmers farmer value to the far mer and Dr. Trubek is the recipient of a riculum for culinary students at all nia Press). for a 15 year for setting aside provides an attractive easement, and Food and Society Policy Fellowship levels addressing the global food sys- “I can’t imagine an individual buffer strips and incentive for this amount is for 2002-2004, a national fellow- tem. She also helped organize their better suited to take on the leader- participating.” moving cattle par ticipating.” paid up front. ship that supports efforts to pro- Continuing Education program. ship of the VFN. Her profound back from Craig Miner “This more mote communications about sus- Currently, Amy teaches courses at commitment to local food systems streams, makes Addison County than covers the tainable agriculture and local food University of Vermont where she and her organizational experience up for the loss of Farm Services Agency loss of the pas- systems. Administered by the previously served on the planning will be great assets to our organiza- immediate water Jefferson Institute, the fellowship is committee for the 2003 Aiken Lec- tion,” says board member Molly ture value to the source, and the funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foun- ture series, “Who Chooses the Food Stevens. Amy will work closely with farmer,” Miner productive value of the land. dation. “Many of us at Vermont You Eat.” Amy holds a Ph.D. in Meghan Sheradin, the Regional said, “and provides an attractive Fresh Network first became ac- anthropology from the University Coordinator, and together they will “The payment provides fencing incentive for participating.” quainted with Amy as she studied of Pennsylvania and has completed be developing and managing the and, if relevant, an alternative water This year is the first year the the VFN - past, present, and future formal culinary training at the Cor- organization. source, and makes up for the loss of program will be offered in the - as part of her Food and Society don Bleu Cookery School. productive land as well as offering an Connecticut River Basin. Policy fellowship. Amy impressed Amy has published numerous incentive to participate,” Miner said. us then as thoughtful, organized, JOB OPENINGS Need to update your hay ad? Beautiful organic farm in eresa Do Contact Teresa Doyle at (802) 828-3831 Southeastern Connecticut seeks couple to help with production or email :firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com :teresa@agr of vegetables and flowers, with animal care, and with general maintenance. Our congenial farm team runs a 60-member CSA, and raises alpacas, chick- ens and turkeys. Couple will occupy a sepa- rate house on the farm, receive a ** Important Reminder ** good salary, full health benefits, The Winter Prohibition On and delicious organic vegetables. Manure Spreading Begins Please reply to: Dec. 15 and Lasts Through Apr. 1 Pauline Lord White Gate Farm Exceptions are granted only in .O. P Box 250 East Lyme, CT 06333 cases of emergency. Phone: (860) 739-9585 Fax: (860) 739-9790 If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Jim Leland at the Vermont Department of Agriculture at (802) 828-2431. 12 www.vermontagriculture.com March 5, 2004 AG NEWS News In Brief In Brief upports Suppor NFU Supports U.S. Avian Influenza Reported Court Ruling Court Ruling on in Several States Nationwide airy Dairy Checkoff The affected flock in Gonzales Houston, Texas, that housed infected the cancellation of a poultry judging County, Texas, housed approxi- birds. Both markets were depopu- contest to be held in Stephenville, turns a lower court ruling that dairy mately 6,600 birds. Birds raised on lated, quarantined, and cleaned and Texas; the postponement of a com- WASHINGTON (Feb. 26, farmers must contribute to the Na- the premises were being sold to sup- disinfected. An inventory of suppli- mercial egg clinic; and the cancella- ply live birds markets in the Hous- ers to the Houston area live bird mar- tion of all exhibits involving live poul- 2004) — The 3rd U.S. Circuit tional Dairy Promotion Board re- ton metropolitan area. Routine sur- kets is being developed. Suppliers try and the modification of the move- Court of Appeals declared manda- gardless of whether they agree with veillance samples tested positive for with a base of operation will be in- ment of poultry from a broiler show tory dairy checkoff fees unconstitu- the way funds are used. A farming H5, AI virus on February 17, 2004; vestigated and tested. at the Houston Livestock Show. the affected premises was immedi- There is no evidence of human On February 23, 2004, USDA, tional Tuesday, a decision National couple from Pennsylvania main- ately placed under quarantine/hold health implications from this virus. in close cooperation with State rep- Farmers Union backs. tained that their checkoff dollars, order. USDA is working closely with the resentatives, established a command which contributed to the $255 mil- On February 23, 2004, APHIS’ Centers for Disease Control and Pre- post in Gonzales County. State offi- National Veterinary Services Labo- vention to prevent any possible hu- cials and USDA are actively conduct- “National Farmers Union sup- lion promotional budget of the ratories completed laboratory se- man health impacts. ing surveillance in a 16 km (10 mile) ports voluntary, not mandatory, board, did little to support sustain- quencing of samples from the af- The State of Texas and USDA zone around the affected premises producer- controlled checkoff pro- able agriculture products such as fected Texas flock. Although no have taken swift and appropriate ac- (an intensive surveillance zone of 8 motion programs for U.S. origin hormone-free milk. unusual mortality was evident in the tion to address the outbreak of AI in km (5 miles) has also been established flock, results indicated that the Texas Texas. The flock was detected quickly around the index case). The State commodities,” said NFU President H5N2 virus meets the OIE defini- through effective surveillance. The has identified all poultry operations Dave Frederickson. “The federal “Traditional mandatory checkoff tion of highly pathogenic avian in- State immediately depopulated the (noncommercial and commercial) appeals court unanimously agreed programs force producers to pay sev- fluenza (HPAI). It is important to affected flock and issued quarantines and other entities with domestic note, however, that the AI strain af- to contain and eradicate the disease. birds within the 16 km (10 mile) that it is unconstitutional to require eral hundred million dollars annu- fecting the Gonzales County flock USDA and State officials continue zone. To date, 187 farms within a dairy farmers to contribute to a ally to promote generic products, in- is not the same as the HPAI strain to conduct active surveillance for fur- 16 km (10 mile) radius of the index mandatory checkoff program even cluding foreign imports,” that has spread this winter to more ther signs of disease. This decisive flock have been serologically tested, than 10 Asian countries. Although response to the initial finding miti- and all samples processed to date if they feel the campaign funded by Frederickson explained. the molecular typing of the virus gates the risk of disease spread. The from these farms are negative for AI. their contributions yield little or no identified it as being consistent with situation was contained quickly. Also, cloacal and tracheal samples will benefits to their operations. We The decision on the dairy check- strains that are highly pathogenic, The index flock of approximately be collected once per week from all agree.” off follows last year’s federal appeals clinical signs are not as severe as with 6,600 birds was depopulated on birds in the 16 km (10 mile) zone. many HPAI strains, including the February 21, 2004. USDA and State Surveillance standards have been court rulings that similar beef and one identified in Asia. Moreover, officials have traced birds from the developed that will facilitate the de- Tuesday’s court decision over- pork checkoff programs were uncon- there does not appear to be any con- affected flock to two live birds mar- tection of the virus, if present. Three stitutional. nection between the low pathogenic kets in Gonzales County; both have distinct zones, with varying intensi- AI cases on the East Coast and the been depopulated and quarantined. ties of surveillance, are being estab- infected flock in Texas. Further As a precaution, three additional live lished for surveillance purposes: (1) pathogenicity studies should be bird markets in Houston have also Affected zone, which includes the completed by March 1, 2004. been depopulated and quarantined. area within 8 km (5 miles) of the VBPA Elects Officers, VBPA Elects Officers, The single affected premises is not associated with U.S. poultry ex- ports because it supplies only local No commercial poultry flocks are af- fected. All quarantines remain in ef- fect. index flock; (2) surveillance zone, which includes the area between 8 km (5 miles) and 16 km (10 miles) Feeder Sale Changes Feeder Sale live bird markets. State and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials continue an epi- The State of Texas has issued an order preventing the movement of poultry or poultry products from the of the index flock; and (3) buffer zone, which includes the area be- tween 16 km (10 miles) and 50 km demiological investigation for AI in 8 km (5 mile) zone around the index (31 miles) of the index flock. The an effort to determine the possible flock. In keeping with these move- target population for surveillance test- By Sam Comstock The board set the date of the source and distribution of the dis- ment controls, the Texas Poultry Fed- ing in the affected and surveillance University of Vermont Exten- annual Spring Feeder/Stocker Sale ease. Epidemiological tracing of bird eration has postponed or cancelled zones will be all commercial and non- shipments out of the index flock in activities in the surrounding area that commercial poultry operations. sion to be May 1st, 2004. Based on re- Gonzalez County led to the identi- would result in the gathering of poul- sults from a survey of beef produc- fication of two live bird markets in try or poultry personnel, including: The VT Beef Producers’ Asso- ers, there is now an option to not ciation elected new officers in Janu- vaccinate cattle consigned to the ary. Guy Crosby, of North Hartland, sale. All other preconditioning re- was elected quirements Subscribe to Agriview president, Bill will be re- If you would like to subscribe to Agriview, or have a friend who would like to, all Emmons, of quired, and you have to do is fill out the form below and return it to us with a check for $10 Pomfret, cattle not vac- stepped down The date of the annual cinated will be made payable to: Agriview, c/o Vermont Agency of Agriculture and send it to 116 as President, but Spring Feeder/Stocker sold separate State Street, Drawer 20, Montpelier, VT 05620-2901. agreed to re- Sale is May 1 st, 2004. from cattle main on the that are fully Name: board as Vice precondi- Address: President. tioned. Pre- S t e p h e n dicting the sale Brown, of prices for this Pomfret, will continue to serve as Spring is beyond my ability, but this City/State/Zip: both Secretary and Treasurer. Other Spring sale has traditionally brought Telephone: board members are Hadley Gaylord, very good prices for producers. 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