USDA offers targeted farm loan funding for underserved groups and beginning farmers

USDA Virginia Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Jewel Hairston Bronaugh, Ph.D., reminds producers that FSA offers targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to assist underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers.

“Each year, a portion of FSA’s loan funds are set aside to lend to targeted underserved and beginning farmers,” said Bronaugh. “Farming and livestock production are capital intensive business ventures and FSA is committed to helping producers start, expand, and maintain their agricultural operations.” [Read more…]

Betsy’s Stand: Growing more for tomorrow

CN-GO-MR-35-2-Betsy's-Stand-3by Kristen M. Castrataro

When Betsy Molodich started “Betsy’s Stand” in 1998, she could hardly have imagined what the future would hold. Her brother-in-law had been selling apples and cider out of the stand for years, but when cider moved from fresh to pasteurized, the business model had to change. At her husband’s instigation, Betsy took over the stand, changed its name, and shifted towards vegetables. It was a good move. [Read more…]

Days End Farm Horse Rescue introduces manure-composting system

CM_MR_16-1-Days-End-Farmby Hope Holland

On June 14 the Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Howard County, Maryland, in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) and Green Mountain Technologies introduced their new manure composting system, Earth Flow. The manure composting system is a greenhouse type structure housing the auger that moves through the manure, mixing, aerating and moisturizing it for optimal compost process management. [Read more…]

Murrock Organic Dairy Farm Open House

CE-MR-4-Murrock2617by Michael Wren

WATERTOWN, NY — Murrock Farms held an open house recently for neighbors and friends to gather and see some of the changes that have taken place on the farm this year. In January the Murrocks installed four robotic milkers instead of renovating their current milking system. “We needed to update our milking system and this seemed like the best fit.” With the rising costs of minimum wage and low milk prices, this seemed like the logical solution and a way to jump into the new age of milking. [Read more…]

Vermont Farm Show supports the FARMS 2+2 Scholarship Program

The Vermont Farm Show has announced it will support the Farm and Agricultural Resource Management Stewards (FARMS) 2+2 Scholarship program for the next four years. The Farm Show has committed $43,000 to the FARMS 2+2 Scholarship program, which provides scholarships to young Vermonters who are pursuing dairy careers.

Founded in 2001, the FARMS 2+2 scholarship funds half tuitions for two years of study at Vermont Technical College (VTC) and full tuition for two subsequent years at the University of Vermont (UVM). The fund is administered by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, and the student recipients are selected by VTC and UVM. [Read more…]