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Interested in Ranching for Profit? Potential Business School Coming to New England.

Ranch Management Consultants (RMC) are currently gauging interest to hold the business school of ranching in New England. If interested, take this four question survey: Information on the school:   RMC has a long, successful track record of equipping ranchers like you with the tools and insights to transform your ranch into a sustainable business. … Read More

How to Write a Custom Grazing Contract

by Meg Grzeskiewicz, On Pasture Strong, written contracts can prevent some of the Boneheaded Business Blunders I made in my early years of ranching. My previous two articles have covered every brutally specific detail that I should have included in my former land lease contracts. This month I’m running down everything that needs to be … Read More

Helpful Disease Survey Data for Local Corn & Soybean Farmers

As Northern New York farmers scout corn and soybean fields for any diseases that may impact crop health and yield, they can use five years’ worth of survey results as a guide to newly-emerging and common crop pathogens in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. The corn and soybean disease survey project … Read More

Gaining and Retaining Customers from On-Farm Events

By Marie Anselm Many farms have considered hosting special events on-site as a marketing strategy to attract new and existing customers. Any kind of farm can host an on-farm event, not just those that have regularly scheduled agritourism activities. A special event could include a farm that is usually closed to the public hosting a harvest dinner, or … Read More

An Indigenous Corn Makes a Comeback

By Lisa Waterman Gray Inside an antique farmhouse at the Ganondagan State Historic Site just east of Rochester, New York, a stainless steel coffee roaster hums as it parches Iroquois White Corn with heat, increasing its digestibility. Once the process is complete, after about 20 minutes, Iroquois Corn Project volunteers and staff will use a stone grinder to create corn … Read More

Operation Mountain Grown: Veterans Growing Food, Jobs and Futures in Coal Country

By Suzanne Pender For a remote, mountainous area in West Virginia, McDowell County has gotten a lot of attention lately. The late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain filmed a segment of his television show there, and West Virginia native Elaine McMillion Sheldon, filmed her Peabody Award winning documentary “Hollow” there (her recent documentary short “Heroin(e),” also … Read More

Nuts for Nuts: Seeding a Nut Industry in the Northeast

By Mark Phillips In the Spring of 2017, 35 people gathered at Back the Lane Farm in Stephentown, New York, for a workshop with Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture, to witness the design and implementation of a permaculture inspired chestnut and hazelnut orchard. As the founder of New Forest Farm in Viola, Wisconsin — a commercial scale, perennial agricultural ecosystem that … Read More

Summer ’18 Quarterly Resource Spotlight

A Guide for Farmers Who Want to Supply Low-Income Communities While Maintaining Financial Sustainability  This manual offers strategies and insights to help you run a small farm business that supports the needs of low-income communities.   As much as farmers want to support the community, the community needs our solidarity. About 50 million Americans are food insecure, with half of … Read More

Tracking Farm Hazards with Farm MAPPER

By Matthew Alfultis In the event of an emergency, farming operations can be a challenge for first responders due to the size of each operation and the unique risks they pose, which can vary from farm to farm. With the average farm spanning 444 acres, it can be difficult to navigate personnel to an exact location. Imagine trying to guide a response team past … Read More

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