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How to host a farm school for adults

2020-02-14T16:44:13-05:00February 10, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

For most adults, the schooldays may be long gone; however, some want to learn more about how farms operate. That’s why hosting a farm school can help you educate others while creating an additional revenue stream. Paul Dorrance, owner of Pastured Providence Farmstead in Chillicothe, Ohio, and Karen Kopf, owner of Kopf Canyon Ranch in Troy, Idaho, presented “Host a Farm School for Adults” as a recent webinar. (more…)

Offering kids’ camp brings farms revenue

2020-02-03T10:32:10-05:00February 3, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Parents seeking daycare and summertime educational enrichment crave more options for their children. That’s where farms seeking an additional revenue stream can offer day camping. But it takes some preparation before farmers can open their acres to eager young campers. Food Animal Concerns Trust presented “Planning Ahead for Farm Camps for Kids” as a recent webinar. Samantha Gasson, co-owner of Bull City Farm in Rougemont, NC, and Ana Skemp, co-owner of Deep Roots Community Farm, presented. (more…)

Effective programs for controlling waterhemp in corn

2020-02-10T16:34:11-05:00January 28, 2020|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

WATERLOO, NY – Have you spotted waterhemp in your corn fields? Bryan Brown with New York State Integrated Pest Management wants more farmers to scout for the weed. Brown presented on waterhemp at the recent Corn Congress hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops. (more…)

‘Talking’ plants need no weedy neighbors

2020-02-14T16:40:24-05:00January 28, 2020|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

WATERLOO, NY — If you’re never pictured your crop as a Chatty Cathy, perhaps you should. Clarence Swanton, Ph.D. presented “Talking Plants: The Science Behind Good Weed Management” at Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Corn Congress. The Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program hosted the annual event. (more…)

Food trucks: Meals on wheels

2020-01-27T16:52:21-05:00January 27, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

The popularity of food trucks, CSA and meal kit delivery services have provided additional means for farmers to sell what they raise. To enter these various means of sales, farmers need to consider how this type of selling is different from wholesale and other means of retail sales, including strategies, logistics and customer buying trends for these convenience foods. Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture recently presented their “Meals on Wheels” webinar by University of Maryland Extension featuring Ginger S. Myers, Extension agent with UM and director of Maryland Rural Enterprise. (more…)

SEO 101

2020-01-27T16:05:27-05:00January 27, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

What do farmers need to know about search engine optimization (SEO)? Plenty, according to Mike Vysocka. He presented a recent webinar, “SEO 101: Building Digital Impact for Your Business,” hosted by the Business of Food & Farming. Vysocka is a business and technology application specialist in Extension information technology with North Carolina State University. (more…)

Fun on the Farm offers ag education

2020-01-22T14:33:19-05:00January 22, 2020|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Fewer families farm these days, meaning that they’re one or two generations or more removed from firsthand knowledge of farming. In New York, Ontario County farmers coordinate to host Fun on the Farm on odd-numbered years. This year marked the 15th event in 26 years. A different farm hosts the event each year. Though it includes many family-oriented activities, Fun on the Farm hosts are working farms that don’t ordinarily host guests — not agritourism locations that are continually open to the public. (more…)

Excel can keep farms organized

2020-01-28T10:31:42-05:00January 21, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Perhaps you’ve seen the graph paper-style screen of Microsoft Excel but didn’t realize what it could do. In a recent webinar, Shannon Dill, educator with University of Maryland Extension, presented how Excel can help ag operators better capture, organize and use information gathered from their farm business. (more…)

Workshop covers FSMA regulations

2020-01-27T14:59:04-05:00January 21, 2020|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

GENEVA, NY — If you process farm goods, understanding the Food Safety Modernization Act (21 CFR Part 117) is vital for both abiding by the law and keeping consumers of your products safe. A federal regulation adopted in 2017 and enacted in late 2018, “FSMA” isn’t as well understood as it should be. Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, in cooperation with USDA and National Institute of Food and Agriculture presented “FSMA Regulations for Small and Very Small Food Processors” at the Cornell Food Venture Center recently. The Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety and Cornell AgriTech co-hosted. (more…)