Pigs and the purpose driven farm

2020-05-14T14:58:59-05:00May 14, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Courtney Llewellyn

PARKTON, NC – Pastor Rick Warren’s book “The Purpose Driven Life” is a New York Times bestseller, having sold more than 50 million copies. It helps readers dig deep to discover what their mission in life should be. When it came time for Saira and AJ Meneses to change their lives and start their agricultural enterprise, the name seemed obvious: Purpose Driven Family Farm. (more…)

Grassy Cow Dairy starts bottling creamy goodness

2020-05-14T14:14:10-05:00May 14, 2020|Eastern Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

REMSEN, NY — “Sending my perfectly-good milk down the drain is one of the most demoralizing things I’ve ever had to do,” said Leon Atwell. Like hundreds of dairy farmers around the Northeast, Atwell struggles to survive during the COVID-19 outbreak that has caused ongoing interruptions of bulk milk pickups. “Dairy farms don’t have a huge profit margin to begin with, so anything you take away is very detrimental to us,” he said. (more…)

Develop a marketing strategy to target the right customers

2020-05-29T14:42:45-05:00May 14, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Catie Joyce-Bulay

“I like to think of it as ‘the smell of the flower will draw in the bee,’” said Matt LeRoux, describing the importance of creating an identity for your farm business. “We’re not going to survive, especially small farms, if we don’t have an identity. This identity will draw in your target customer.” (more…)

Lamb Farms’ calves thrive with a good start

2020-05-14T14:04:37-05:00May 14, 2020|Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Kendra Lamb grew up on a dairy farm in eastern New York, helping with her family’s 70-cow herd in a tie stall barn. After several moves, completing a degree in animal science at Cornell and a stint with a pharmaceutical company, Kendra is working with dairy cattle again. This time, her work is on a larger scale and she’s in a different role. (more…)

Perfecting your elevator pitch

2020-05-14T13:50:51-05:00May 14, 2020|Western Edition|

by Katie Navarra

The National FFA recently sponsored a series of webinars that offered tips for building an elevator pitch that gets remembered. The biggest mistake most people make when advocating for themselves, their organization or their community is this: They don’t know how to communicate who they are or what they want. That means they are forgettable. (more…)

USDA milk donation program for dairy processors

2020-05-29T14:47:32-05:00May 14, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, dairy farmers are facing the hardship and heartbreak of seeing their milk dumped into manure pits and onto fields as processors are caught with excess supplies. Food service demand for fluid milk and milk products has plummeted amid mass closures of schools, restaurants and corporate cafeterias. The International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation estimate that supply currently outpaces demand by about 10%. (more…)

USDA releases info for producers interested in applying for CFAP

2020-05-14T12:43:31-05:00May 14, 2020|Country Folks Article, Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Courtney Llewellyn

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) hosted a short webinar on May 14 for farmers, ranchers and other producers interested in applying for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). (more…)