WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Farms in Adams, Cheshire, Lanesborough, North Adams, Sheffield, West Stockbridge and Williamstown will be seeding a little differently this August.
Instead of establishing a cover crop by hand, a helicopter will plant winter rye grass seed from above.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has $150 million in funding available for agricultural producers across the country through the Conservation Stewardship Program, a federal conservation program that helps farmers voluntarily improve the health and productivity of private and Tribal working lands.
Kara Zaks is working on a compromise with her neighbor Clark Gable over the chickens, ducks, and roosters she raises on her property.
The two live next to each other on Narragansett Avenue and Zaks has some 80 ducks, chickens, and roosters. She raises them for food, eggs, to sell for extra income, and for a passion to protect endangered species.
Fourth-generation farmer Jane Burnett said the farm, which is in the Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program, received a slice of a $400,000 grant given to five farms throughout the state through the APR Improvement Program. The $50,000 will be used to build a garage to store and maintain equipment.
Sixth-generation farmer and Burnett's grandson Zachary Bantle said the garage will help lower maintenance costs and allow the equipment to be worked on indoors instead of on the ground.