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Biodiversity Critical to Maintaining Healthy Ecosystems

Researchers have found clear evidence that biological communities rich in species are substantially healthier and more productive than those depleted of species. Using new scientific techniques, U.S. Geological Survey research ecologist Jim Grace and a group of international scientists have resolved a long-standing debate about   whether species diversity is necessary for a healthy ecosystem. Scientists … Read More

Co-Managing Farm Stewardship with Food Safety GAPs and Conservation Practices: A Grower’s and Conservationists’ Handbook

Food safety has become a prominent issue for growers, and conservationists who assist them, in planning and installing stewardship practices. With FDA’s Produce Rule published in November 2015, many growers are taking steps to make changes to their management plans so they come into compliance, while others are upgrading what they have already put into … Read More

USDA Expands Microloans to Help Farmers Purchase Farmland and Improve Property

On January 19, 2016, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans will be especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in farming, and … Read More

Learn better grazing methods for health and profit

Grazing Management (BF 231) Improve Your Triple Bottom Line Through Better Grazing an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Thurs. March 17 – April 21, 2016, with webinars each Thurs evening from 6:30-8pm Grazing means more than simply turning livestock out onto a green area and hoping for the best. With planning and … Read More

Interactive Video Guide to Organic Certification

The Road to Organic Certification is a user-friendly, interactive movie that leads farmers through a specific set of objectives with the end goal of becoming certified organic. Topics include choosing a certifier, starting the application process, record keeping, and more! Visit to watch the videos and begin your journey towards organic cerfitication.

7th Annual Agroforestry Symposium

The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri presents: The Future of Pollinators: Why Agroforestry Matters January 28, 2016 | 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Bond Life Sciences Building – University of Missouri Unable to attend in person? Join us through live streaming: Symposium Schedule 8:00 a.m. Coffee and Registration 8:30 a.m. Introduction Dr. … Read More

Learn to Use High Tunnels to Extend Your Growing Season

Season Extension with High Tunnels (BF 220) Know Before You Grow an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Tues. March 22 – April 19, 2016, with webinars every Tuesday evening from 7:00-8:30pm. Adding weeks to either end of your growing season can mean attaining a premium for having products available well before … Read More

Develop Skills to Assess and Manage On-Farm Risk and Business Structure

Taking Care of Business (BF 103) Understanding the Business, Tax, and Regulatory Implications of Your Farm an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Mon. March 7 – April 11, 2016, with webinars every Monday evening from 7:00-8:30pm. This course is designed to help aspiring or beginning farmers better assess and manage a … Read More

Build a Business Plan for Your Farm

Planning to Stay in Business (BF 202) Writing Your Business Plan an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Thurs. February 4 – March 10, 2016, with webinars every Thursday evening from 6:00-7:30pm. Whether you intend to borrow money or not, heading into a farm venture without a business plan is like setting … Read More

Learn about Farm Scale Commercials Mushroom Production

Farm Scale Mushroom Cultivation (BF 150) Growing Shiitake and Other Mushrooms for Fun and Profit an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Tues. February 23 – March 29, 2016, with webinars held each Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:00pm. Mushrooms are an emerging niche crop with many benefits, including improving farmer stewardship of forested … Read More

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