USDA Begins Issuing Grass Fed Lamb and Goat Market Report
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service began releasing a new National Monthly Grass Fed Lamb and Goat Meat Report on May 13, 2015. With this market report, USDA aims to assist farmers and ranchers who are considering converting and those already producing grass-fed lamb and goat products. In addition to market commentary, the new report includes prices for wholesale grass-fed lamb and direct-to-consumer grass-fed lamb and goat.
Grants Support Organic Dairy Farm Succession Initiative
Land For Good (LFG) has launched an initiative aimed at successfully transferring working organic dairy farms in New England to next-generation farmers. LFG received grants from Clif Bar Family Foundation and Organic Valley’s Farms Advocating For Organics Fund to support the initiative. Project partners will conduct farmer focus groups and work with farms on transfer planning.
Yale-Led Study Says Healthy Soil Helps Buffer Impacts of Global Warming
In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an international team of researchers showed that a healthy and diverse soil community can buffer natural ecosystems against the damaging impacts of global warming. This study showed that in healthy soils with a diversity of small soil animals, the animals fed on microorganisms, helping control the potential for increased carbon emissions from decomposition and limiting feedback effects.
Farmers Market Pricing Study Shows Competitive Prices
A comparison in West Central Minnesota found that farmers market prices during peak growing season were highly competitive with regional grocery store prices. The study will help vendors and farmers market organizers with pricing strategies. Information on how market vendors can apply the study findings is contained in the final report, available online in PDF.
Tree Fruit Pest and Beneficial Insect Search Tool Online
A new search engine for tree fruit diseases, insect and mite pests, and beneficials is now online at the Michigan State University Integrated Pest Management website. Searches can be conducted by name or category. The search engine currently covers tree fruit crops and expansion to other crops is planned for the future.
Related ATTRA Publication: Apple Insect Pests Identification Sheet
Broccoli Production Proving Viable on East Coast
Cornell has released a study showing that new regional production of broccoli in the eastern United States is economically viable. The economic analysis found that although production costs are higher in the east, transportation costs would be lower. A challenge for eastern producers is finding broccoli varieties that withstand the region’s heat and humidity. The Cornell project also includes testing to identify suitable varieties.