1. Do not support the NMPF. How can an organization represent the farmer (producers) and processors at the same time? How many NFL coaches would be employed with year after year losing records? How can Jerry Kozak keep his job? The milk to feed ratio is at an all time low. Jerry Kozak and all board member compensation should be linked to the milk to feed ratio. They currently should not be receiving any compensation, and they should be paying into a fund that distributes the money back to the farmers. “The trend is clear”, Jerry Kozak likes to rub shoulders with the politicians. He knows says that if the Dairy Security Act were implemented, we would have more money in pour milk checks. Does this sound like “deja vu” all over Continue reading
Washington, D.C. — During the week of May 16, the House Agriculture Committee approved its version of the Farm Bill, moving the legislation to the floor for consideration of the full House of Representatives. Congressman Bill Owens, who has long advocated for the Farm Bill to move forward, praised the bipartisan effort and called on his colleagues to swiftly advance the bill.
Pasture To Plate offers on-farm dinners and food-related workshops at farms in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Using a food truck’s certified kitchen, farmers can host events featuring just-picked produce, at the site where they were grown! This venture is directed by Margiana Petersen-Rockney.
Pasture To Plate educates and connects consumers to local, ecologically sustainable farms in southern New England. It provides small farmers a mobile certified kitchen for preparing value-added products from their raw produce. The mobile kitchen/food truck offers farmers a valuable tool for on-farm dinners, boosting profits and growing a stronger community. Continue reading
The Rhode Island Fruit Growers’ Association (RIFGA) honored Extension Fruit Specialist Heather Faubert at the University of Rhode Island (URI) for her Integrated Pest Management (IPM) work with fruit growers. Sandie Barden, co-owner of Barden Family Orchard, presented Faubert with an award and a lifetime membership to the RIFGA. The organization is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Continue reading