The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) is a nationwide rebate program that, as its name suggests, helps farmers cover the cost of becoming USDA Certified Organic. Juan Raygoza of Terra Preta Farm in Weslaco, TX describes the
By Andrew Barsness | As profit margins shrink, farmers need to farm more acres in order to remain profitable. But like many other young farmers, I'm pursuing a different route, focusing on diversification, value-added products, and specialty crops.
By Andrew Barsness | It’s critical to get the crop off of the field and transported to a buyer or a storage facility when it’s in that Goldilocks moisture range.
By Andrew Barsness | The crops are thirsty. My farm is on the outer edge of the area affected by the severe drought in the Dakotas, and it’s been over a month without any significant rain.
By John Wepking | This spring has been marked by extremes: long periods of frequent rain and then weeks without a drop. Without cover cropping and crop rotation we’d certainly be losing this battle.
“Bootstrap Blogger” Series Brings to Life the Experience of Today’s Young Farmers As They “Get Up To Speed” and Reveals That Farmers Are the Original Entrepreneurs HUDSON, NY, February 25, 2015 - Starting today, the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) will
By Joseph Dittman of Wild Ridge Farm Our farming livelihood rests on the success of seeds. But how strange to hold something so small in the palm of my hand and realize I’m investing a lion’s share of days, dollars,
On May 2, USDA released the full 2012 Census of Agriculture data report. Performed every five years, the census takes an in-depth look at all aspects of US agriculture, and informs law and policymakers for years to come. In my
By Seth Douglas of Lemonade Springs Farm Lemonade Springs Farm is run by myself, Seth, and my partner, Kathleen. We are in our second full season. The farm is located in Watsonville, California, about a mile inland in the heart
We’ve kicked off the spring with an exciting win at the USDA! Thanks to feedback from our coalition, the Farm Service Agency is making key changes to its facilities loan program that will increase access to diversified farmers. Want to