Collaborative effort helps CSA owners improve

CM-MR-2-CSASchool1by Jon M. Casey

Approximately 50 CSA farm owners gathered to participate in a daylong program presented by Penn State Extension and Dickinson College covering important aspects of CSA Farming, including food safety, finances and finding shareholders. The notable Jean-Paul Courtens of Roxbury Farm of Kinderhook, NY began the day with a presentation reminding attendees of the importance of staying the course with the CSA business model while also allowing change to improve profitability and customer service. [Read more…]

From tobacco to cattle

CM-MR-2-Ridgecrest2by Sally Colby

When Mark Bray was growing up in North Carolina, he and his grandmother made a deal: they saved some discarded flue-cured tobacco, sold it, and split the profit.

“That got me a little bit of money,” said Mark, who also had a small plot of tobacco of his own. “When you’re in the seventh grade, that’s the most money you can ever imagine having. But I wanted a calf so bad that I saved my money and bought a heifer.” [Read more…]

Mob grazing

CM-MR-2-Mobgrazing2by Karl H. Kazaks

Recently the NRCS hosted a seminar on the soil health and production benefits of mob grazing. Over 400 people from around the country joined to listen to Doug Peterson, Missouri’s State Soil Health Specialist (and past State Grazing Specialist), speak about the practice.

Peterson, who farms in northern Missouri said in many parts of the country soils have been degraded. [Read more…]

On-farm safety concerns for biomass production

CEWM-CN-MR-1-BiomassProd14by Tamara Scully

The United States has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions and has almost reached its 2020 goal. There is still a long way to go to meet the goals set for 2050. The use of biomass products will play a large role in reaching this goal, and today’s farmers are gearing up production of alternative fuel sources such as switchgrass, willow and other plant-based crops to be harvested for fuel use. [Read more…]

USTPA Region 8 competition held in Virginia

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAby Kegley Baumgardner

The United States Team Penning Association held their Region 8 competition in Austinville, VA on Friday, April 25, through Sunday, April 27. The host of the event was Diamond K Arena, owned and operated by Larry and Tammy Keith. The Keiths offer training, lessons and sell horses at their facility. [Read more…]