• 29Jul

    Check out this new video about the U-Mass Student Farm

  • 29Jul

    Minnesota Beginning Farmers Chosen as White House ‘Champions of Change’: Presidential Ceremony for Land Stewardship Project Members Ryan & Tiffany Batalden

    Southwestern Minnesota beginning farmers Ryan and Tiffany Batalden will be honored as “Champions of Change” by President Barack Obama during a White House ceremony today, beginning at 9 a.m. CDT. The Bataldens are Land Stewardship Project (LSP) members and fifth generation beginning farmers in Lamberton, Minn. Along with their three young children — Finn, Lilly and Stella — they grow certified organic corn, soybeans, oilseeds and small grains on 380 acres, raise livestock, and have a direct-market popcorn business called Patriot Pops.

    “It’s an honor for us to be selected White House Future of American Agriculture Champions of Change. It’s particularly appropriate that the White House is recognizing people out in the countryside who are thinking long and hard about the future of American agriculture,” said Ryan Batalden, who serves on the Land Stewardship Project’s Land Access Committee, which is investigating the obstacles beginning farmers face when trying to get agricultural operations established. “There are many of us who see great opportunities in agriculture, but also recognize some of the significant barriers beginning farmers face if they are to get established successfully on the land.”

    Read the full article at: http://landstewardshipproject.org/posts/628

  • 28Jul

    The University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils program is offering two on-farm field days next week (Aug. 2014) focusing on dry beans and grains. Registration is $20 per person and includes lunch More information is available at: http://www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoil/ or by contacting Susan Brouillette at 802-524-6501.

    August 5, 2014, 11 am to 2 pm—Dry Beans and Grains, Morningstar Meadows Farm, Glover, VT

    Morningstar Meadows has been growing organic grains for human consumption and animal feed in Glover, Vermont, for seven years. At the farm, Seth and Jeannette Johnson grow eight types of beans, including heirloom varieties, and 10 acres of mixed grains for a diverse livestock. At this field day, you’ll hear from Seth about weed control, harvesting, processing and their fertilizer program. UVM Extension Agronomist Heather Darby will also provide up-to-date information on research from the Northwest Crops and Soils Program. View the field day flyer and/or register online at www.uvm.edu/extension/beanworkshop.

    August 7, 2014, 11 am to 2 pm—Getting Started with Grains, Rogers Farmstead, Berlin, VT

    Nate and Jessie Rogers started their family farm – Rogers Farmstead – in the Dog River Valley in 2012. Using sustainable and organic agriculture practices, they’re improving the health of the land and the buildings as the farm grows. Join us for this on-farm field day as Nate and Jessie discuss their experience starting a farm business, sourcing equipment and small grain production and processing. View the field day flyer and/or register online now at www.uvm.edu/extension/rogersfarmstead.

  • 27Jul

    Funding Restored for Outreach and Assistance for Underserved Farmers - On Thursday, July 24, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the much anticipated, long delayed release of funding to support outreach and technical assistance for underserved farmers – including minority, tribal, and veteran producers.  USDA’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) made the announcement that $9.1 million will be available in 2014 to make grants through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program – also known as the Section 2501 Program…

    USDA Webinar on the Grass Fed Program for Small Livestock Operations - On Tuesday, August 5, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) will hold a webinar about the previously announced Grass-Fed Program for Small and Very Small (SVS) Producers.  The webinar will be held from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PMEastern Time.  During the webinar AMS will provide an overview of the USDA Grass Fed program, the program website, and detailed information about the application and evaluation processes for gaining approval for livestock to the Grass Fed Standard.

    Waters of the US: What’s It All About? - There has been a lot of attention lately on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as it engages with the farming community on the proposed rule to define “Waters of the U.S.”  The so-called WOTUS rule would define which bodies of water fall under EPA’s Clean Water Act jurisdiction.  In this post, NSAC provides an update on where things stand with the proposed rule and the accompanying interpretive rule, and explores some of the confusions, myths, and facts surrounding both rules.

    Q&A on the “Waters of the US” Proposed Rule and Interpretive Rule - In an accompanying post, we provided an update on where things stand with the proposed rule and the accompanying interpretive rule, and explored some of the confusion surrounding both rules.  This Q&A breaks the issue down even further.

  • 24Jul

    Learn the ins and outs of farm marketing with the Growing Farmers Initiative at Stone Barns Center!

    Developing Your Farm Marketing Plan
    Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture (Hudson Valley, New York)
    July 30, 2014, 2-5PM

    Developing your farm’s marketing and outlet strategy is a vital part of your future success. Should you join a farmers market, start a CSA, or both? How can your business appeal to a customer’s behavioral habits and attract a wider range of shoppers? Join marketing specialists Matt LeRoux and Chris Wayne for an introduction to marketing strategy development and customer behavior at farmers markets.

    For more information, visit the Virtual Grange: http://www.virtualgrange.org/july-30-2014-developing-your-farm-marketing-plan/

  • 21Jul

    From USDA: Enrollment Begins Tomorrow, July 22

    WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) assistance for losses to bush or tree fruit crops due to frost or freeze during the 2012 crop year. The program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides supplemental NAP payment to eligible producers.

    Farmers who did not have access to crop insurance and are in primary and adjacent counties that received a Secretarial disaster designation because of frost or freeze in 2012 are eligible for NAP assistance. Losses due to weather damage or other adverse natural occurrences may also qualify for program assistance.

    NAP enrollment begins July 22, 2014. Applications must be submitted to FSA county offices by Sept. 22, 2014. Read more »

  • 21Jul

    Job: Seeking skilled farmer to manage and work all aspects of vegetable production and marketing for a farm in Oklahoma.

    Farm uses organic farming methods however is not certified organic. The farm currently has 1+ acres in vegetable production with established marketing avenues, although additional marketing will be needed. Room for expansion. Farm is currently using plasticulture with drip irrigation. Farm has unheated hoop houses for season extension, etc. Owners have too many “irons in the fire” and need someone to take over responsibility for this area of the farm. Located in north central Oklahoma. Read more »

  • 21Jul

    NOFA Vermont is excited to offer this workshop presented by Sylvia Davatz of Solstice Seeds in Norwich, VT. If you’re a gardener looking for inspiration and knowledge to advance your seed saving skills, join Sylvia for an overview of issues of timing, plant spacing, pollination, isolation, plant populations, seed maturity, processing, record keeping, and storage of many regionally adapted crops. We’ll also address the challenges of overwintering biennials and planning rotations. This workshop is geared for those with some experience with seed saving. Read more »

  • 21Jul

    Join in the latest event from the Detroit-Wayne County Seasonal High Tunnel Educational Initiative: a full-day tour of some of the most successful seasonal high tunnels in Michigan. Don’t miss this chance to learn about hoophouse production at Ten Hens Farm and the Michigan State University Student Organic Farm.

    Ten Hens Farm is located in Bath, MI, and has been owned and operated by Adam and Dru Montri since 2008. They practice year-round production in the farm’s six hoophouses and have a strong base of customers in local restaurants and farmers’ markets. Adam Montri also acts as a Hoophouse Outreach Specialist with Michigan State University. Dru Montri is also the Director of the Michigan Farmers’ Market Association. Read more »

  • 18Jul

    New Open Access Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems Journal: SITOPOLIS

    The newly launched journal SITOPOLIS is published by Baltzer Science Publishers, in co-operation with the RUAF (Resource Centers on Urban Agriculture and Food Security) Foundation and ACSESS (The Alliance of Crop, Soil and Environmental Science Societies in the USA. Lead Editor is Prof. Han Wiskerke of the Wageningen University. Several RUAF Foundation members and other well-known individuals in the field of urban food systems are members of the Editorial Board. SITOPOLIS is a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed and open access journal focussing on urban and peri-urban agriculture and systems of urban and regional food provisioning in developing, transition and advanced economies. SITOPOLIS welcomes contributions from a wide variety of discipliness. The journal publishes original research as well as critical reviews. For the call for contribution and more information, visit www.sitopolis.org.

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