Want to keep up with the latest news for farmers? Check back every Thursday for a quick recap of recent happenings in the agriculture industry.

Art’s Way Adds Commercial Forage Box to Hay & Forage Lineup
Art’s Way has added a commercial forage box to its hay & forage lineup. The forage box features three-ply springs for stability when going up a hillside or along a highway and cross members are integrated into both walls of the frame. The tailgate functions on hydraulics and the poly bushings on the pivot arm provide a low maintenance connection for operation.

Farm Bureau Members Gather For Annual Meeting
Approximately 200 Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) members and guests have gathered in Massachusetts to establish policy for the upcoming year, attend workshops and learning sessions. This year’s MFBF’s annual meeting i packed with workshops that will focus on agri-tourism, motor carrier safety regulations, Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) program amendment information, estate planning and more.

USDA Announces Applications Available for Conservation Stewardship Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications from farmers and forest land owners for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Applications are available in local service centers. CSP is for producers who are already established conservation stewards, helping them to deliver multiple conservation benefits on working lands, including improved water and soil quality and enhanced wildlife habitat. CSP participants earn payments for conservation performance based on existing management activities and additional activity payments. NRCS offices have begun processing applications for the program, with sign-up running through February 3. Producers interested in the program should visit their local USDA Service Center to submit an application.

Cornell Small Farms Program to Host Maple Sugaring Online Courses
Cornell Small Farms Program will host online maple sugaring courses from January 17 to February 21 each Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST. This course explores the range possibilities of maple sugaring on land. The course instructor, Mike Farrell, serves as the Director of Cornell University’s Uihlein Forest, a maple syrup research and extension field station in Lake Placid, New York. There he taps approximately 6,000 maples, 700 birch trees, and several dozen black walnut and butternut trees every year, focusing his efforts on the economics of maple sugaring and sustainable development of the maple industry.