Grow a Farmer Fund raising money for low-interest loans to farmers

There’s nothing better than fresh produce from a local farmers’ market. Whether it’s juicy tomatoes or perfectly globular pumpkins, farm-to-table foods are seasonal delights. But the reality is that small-scale farming is hard work and earning a living from it can be even harder. From land prices to equipment, animal housing to securing bank financing, … [ Read more]

The next tool in the fight against bovine emissions… Oregano?

Raising livestock is a gassy business. In fact, a third of methane generated by human activity comes from livestock, beef cattle contributing a substantial amount of that total via belching. While the solution to cutting methane emissions from livestock ought to include consumers eating less beef, researchers are also searching for ways to reduce emissions at the … [ Read more]

Jer-Lindy Farms and Redhead Creamery win dairy sustainability award

Jer-Lindy Farms and Redhead Creamery were recognized with a 2016 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award for Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability, at a ceremony in Chicago on May 11. The 200-cow Brooten, Minnesota farm and artisan cheesemaker—a partnership between two generations of Jennissen family—were acknowledged for a number of sustainable practices, including reducing the farm’s energy use by 20 percent, not … [ Read more]

Community Supported Agriculture: What it is, how it works, and why it’s worth considering

Tis the season for fresh, locally grown produce, farmers’ markets, restaurants boasting seasonal menus, and community gardens bursting at the chicken wire. Another way to enjoy just-picked, seasonal goodies is to join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. No, you don’t have to till the land and harvest the crops (although the farmers would probably … [ Read more]

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Idaho research suggests barley growers can reduce water usage without reducing yields

More news on the water conservation front: research at the University of Idaho Extension suggests that barely growers can judiciously cut their irrigation at certain phases of the crop’s growth without affecting their overall yield or quality. This is the first year of barley agronomist Chris Rogers’ research with the popular MillerCoors barley variety Moravian 69. … [ Read more]