Cover crops are gaining popularity as a way to improve soils, drought resistance and cash crop yields. Grasses, legumes and forbs can be used as cover crops. To protect crop insurance eligibility, farmers must understand and carefully follow the NRCS Cover Crop Termination Guidelines including the termination periods. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
Anyone involved with food production has likely heard about the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most comprehensive makeover of the nation’s food safety laws. With numerous listening sessions in the books and the comment period for the livestock feed rule drawing to a close, numerous questions remain unanswered. [Read more…]
Are you a Massachusetts farmer that wants to sell your product to a school and don’t know how to do it? Are you a Massachusetts school food service provider and want to know how to connect to a local farmer to provide your wares? All it takes is a phone call to the Amherst-based Massachusetts Farm to School Project to connect you to each other.
For the past three weeks, Michael DeChiara, resident of Shutesbury, MA, has been immersing himself in his new role as the project’s new executive director, overseeing their vital connection as intermediary since Dec. 2. [Read more…]
by George Looby, DVM
For several years, the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project has been aiding individuals wishing to get started in farming with the information, support and training that they need to make the transition from their present line of work into the some area of agriculture. With headquarters in Lowell, MA this organization serves to assist those individuals in the greater Lowell area who wish to explore farming as a career field and acquire the necessary skills to make their choice a successful one. In the early years of its development the program’s focus was to help immigrant farmers make the anticipated difficult transition from the methods they used in their homeland to the technology used in this country. Today the scope of the program has expanded so that anyone with an interest can make use of the New Entry Program. [Read more…]