Businesses voice support for USMCA

2020-01-28T10:11:52-05:00January 28, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Edith Tucker

WASHINGTON, D.C. – When Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued a press release saying she planned to support the bipartisan USMCA at the markup session, she pointed out that she had carefully considered its provisions and listened to businesses and people across the Granite State. The deal will help level the playing field for New Hampshire’s and the country’s innovative businesses that are competing in a global economy, she said. The agreement also contains strong enforcement mechanisms designed to protect workers, consumers and the environment. (more…)

Fourth generation beef farmer meets today’s demands

2020-01-28T09:59:21-05:00January 28, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Sally Colby

Daniel Scotton grew up on his family’s cattle farm in North Carolina, but he didn’t necessarily envision himself returning to the farm. But as he finishes his degree in sustainable agriculture at the University of Kentucky, Daniel is planning a future raising cattle on Clear Springs Farm in Julian, NC. With a minor in horticulture and after working on the university’s three-acre organic farm, where he met his partner Gwen Beirne, Daniel has a new perspective on agriculture. (more…)

Farm Workforce Modernization Act

2020-01-28T09:59:47-05:00January 27, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Tamara Scully

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act on Dec. 11, 2019. The bill now heads to the Senate, where proponents are hopeful that the bipartisan support the bill received in the House will be replicated. The bill, designed to stabilize today’s agricultural workforce and provide for future needs, provides fair wages and working conditions to immigrant farmworkers as well as a path to legal status. (more…)

Food trucks: Meals on wheels

2020-01-27T16:52:21-05:00January 27, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

The popularity of food trucks, CSA and meal kit delivery services have provided additional means for farmers to sell what they raise. To enter these various means of sales, farmers need to consider how this type of selling is different from wholesale and other means of retail sales, including strategies, logistics and customer buying trends for these convenience foods. Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture recently presented their “Meals on Wheels” webinar by University of Maryland Extension featuring Ginger S. Myers, Extension agent with UM and director of Maryland Rural Enterprise. (more…)

Bovine Health

2020-01-27T14:28:30-05:00January 27, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

Get the most out of pregnancy diagnostics

by Gabe Middleton, DVM

I can still remember some of my college professors say that a “pregnancy check” on a cow is really an “open check” so that she can be inseminated again as quickly and efficiently as possible. I agree with that statement, but there may be a bit more information that can be given to a producer rather than just “pregnant” or “open.” (more…)

SEO 101

2020-01-27T16:05:27-05:00January 27, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

What do farmers need to know about search engine optimization (SEO)? Plenty, according to Mike Vysocka. He presented a recent webinar, “SEO 101: Building Digital Impact for Your Business,” hosted by the Business of Food & Farming. Vysocka is a business and technology application specialist in Extension information technology with North Carolina State University. (more…)