Collaborations for agricultural profitability

CN-MR-2-Collaborations 1by George Looby, DVM

While students enjoy their spring break, the Rome Ballroom at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT becomes available for a variety of activities geared to groups outside the student body. It was in this setting that several university groups collaborated to present a meeting titled, “Collaborations for Agricultural Profitability.” To develop this program, three departments within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources collaborated to bring in speakers with expertise in a variety of areas that relate directly to marketing and promotion. The Department of Extension, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and the Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy developed an informative session designed to stimulate those in the industry to take a hard look at their own management and marketing programs. [Read more…]

Market managers can make farmers markets safer

CN-DM-MR-1-Market managers 1by Sanne Kure-Jensen

“We’re riding the wave of the local food movement,” said Bevan Linsley, Farmers Market manager and conference organizer. This conference focused on tools market managers could use to improve food safety for a long and prosperous season.

Janet Coit, RI DEM director and Ken Ayars, RI Division of Agriculture chief offered opening remarks at the Farmers Market Manager Conference, held at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) headquarters In Providence, RI. [Read more…]

Not your typical bovine

CN-MR-3-Not your 1by Laura Rodley

High in the hills of Hawley, MA sits Tregellys Fiber Farm, where Andrea Phillips of Cap Hill Tibetan Yak Farm in Little Compton, RI purchased her main yak bull Target as a calf, almost six years ago. She’s checked every year since to see if a female has been born. This year she hit the jackpot with a three week old thigh-high female whose grandmother is a Jersey.

Indeed, the Jersey behaved like a grandmother, protectively standing by the calf as she waited to be picked up. Her “dzomo” — half yak, half cow mother — waited behind the fence. No bellowing nor bleating arose; yaks only grunt, and that came later. [Read more…]

What makes a successful farmers market?

CN-MR-2-What makes 1by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Thriving farmers markets have loyal customers and great vendors. The customers spend money, return regularly and bring friends. Successful vendors bring great products, friendly smiles and the right pricing, week after week.

During a Farmers Market Manager Conference held in Rhode Island, a brainstorming session revealed contribution to a successful market and what may be holding it back. [Read more…]

Learning the hard way: Protect your business from theft

CMN-MR-1-Learning 1by Emily Enger

When Jason and Amy Ladd received a phone call from a young stranger who confessed his friend had stolen from their business, they were floored. The Ladd’s own Lucky Ladd Farms, a petting farm in Eagleville, TN. The alleged robber was their 19 year-old employee who, in the nature of the young and invincible, bragged about how she was skimming from the Ladds’ till and spent the stolen cash on flashy items like a Mustang convertible and multiple iPhones for her and her friends. Eventually, one of her friends was bothered enough to say something. [Read more…]