This year, the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program celebrates its 25th anniversary. The program aims to promote sustainable farming by funding research into different areas of sustainable farming such as cover cropping and rotational grazing, as well as operating competitive grant programs for farmers. SARE was the first USDA program dedicated to sustainable farming and remains the centerpiece of the USDA’s sustainability efforts.
NYFC got the rare opportunity last week to sit down with the USDA’s new Deputy Secretary, Krysta Harden, in Clermont, NY, when she was in-state for the Young Farmers Conference at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture.
We’re excited to announce that Temple Grandin, author, activist and animal behavior expert, will be answering your questions on the NYFC Farmers Forum!
We hope your Thanksgiving holiday was lovely – filled with delicious (and local!) food and wonderful community.
Now that the food safety comment period is closed, this seems like an appropriate point to express our thanks for the amazing outpouring of enthusiasm and organizing zeal that spread like wildfire across the country to gather comments and host events for the food safety campaign.
Policy is one of those subjects that people either seem to love or hate. Some farmers have no interest in getting involved with policy, even though it might directly affect them. And clearly, most policy makers at higher levels of government have little interest or relation to farming. Bridging this divide to create policy that is responsive to the needs of dairy farmers across the United States is something that we both are active with and is a frequent topic of discussion on the farm.
The most direct interaction I have with the government in the dairy business comes through the New York Sate Department of Agriculture and Markets. Every month, the inspector comes to collect product samples to be tested for bacteria counts, and runs through the checklist to ensure we’re following cleanliness standards.
Hi all, it’s a rainy day in the Hudson Valley and the cows are inside, we made our rotation last until October 27th in our first season. Not bad…but room for improvement.
Last week 500 ranchers, farmers, scientists and advocates convened in Albuquerque, NM for the 12th annual Quivira Conference “Inspiring Adaptation.” The theme was apt following yet another year of extreme drought in the West and unprecedented floods in Colorado’s Front Range. It would be easy, given all this, to be all doom-and-gloom. But one of the many ways in which the Quivira Coalition excels is in its ability to offer tangible solutions to seemingly-unsolvable problems.
Ed. note: We were excited to be a part of the successful young farmer mixer in Pennsylvania a couple weeks ago and are thrilled to see their group continue to develop. We asked Emily Best, farmer extraordinaire and event organizer, to spill the beans on what went in to the organizing. Want to put together something like this in your area? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Let’s get this out of the way: I am not a natural at this whole organizing thing. It stresses me out. I spent the 1.5-hour drive to the mixer filled with anxiety: what if no one shows up? What if 100 people show up? What if people come but they think it’s a bad idea? What if I didn’t do enough? Obviously irrational concerns, but for an introverted, first-time organizer, the worries piled up.
When it comes to marketing on our farm we are in an entirely different boat than my fellow Bootstrap contributors. One of the most beneficial aspects (for us at least) of belonging to a cooperative is that sales and marketing is built into the model and not something that we as farmers need to be concerned with on an everyday basis. I personally LOVE this.