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August 11: Batey Farms offers pick-your-own crops like strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries, as well as other produce. The farm is near Murphreesboro, Tennessee.
August 10: Ken Ferrie is an agronomist who supervises the test plots in the Farm Journal Field Test program.
August 9: The Women, Food, and Agriculture Network's mission is to engage women in building an ecological and just food and agricultural system through individual and community power.
August 8: The USDA's Farm Service Agency operates a microloan program to help young and beginning farmers. One example of how the program operates is the story of Little Wild Things City Farm in Washington, D.C.
August 7: Paul Willis of Niman Ranch says his company offers scholarships to young people to help them come back to the farm with less student loan debt.. (Willis was part of a Foodtank panel discussion on making farming more attractive to youth. Video from the panel is available here, and Willis's comments come at about 03:30 into the clip.) Niman Ranch is a producer and marketer of naturally-raised beef, pork, and lamb.
August 4: Greg Thurman is board president of the U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc., a trade association for custom harvesters.
August 3: Chris Galen is the Senior Vice President for Communications at the National Milk Producers Federation. You can read more about the Dairy Pride Act here.
August 2: Dr. Kevin Folta chairs the Horticulture Science department at the University of Florida. The documentary film, Food Evolution, is not expected to be shown in very many traditional movie theaters but groups and individuals can arrange for showings in other venues. You can also watch a trailer for the film here.
August 1: Dr. Aaron Hager is a weed specialist in Extension with the University of Illinois.
July 31: Parts of Montana and North Dakota were recently assigned D4 status--Exceptional Drought. The United States Drought Monitor shows that area to be having the most severe drought in the entire country right now. Doug Kluck, Central Region Climate Services Director with NOAA, says the drought is expected to persist in that area.
July 28: A group of students at Kansas State University took first place in the Demonstration Project category in the Environmental Protection Agency's Rainworks Challenge in 2016. Students were asked to design innovative "green" plans for managing stormwater runoff on their campuses.
July 27: Timothy Griffin from Tufts University in Boston says converting a farm from one enterprise to another doesn't happen overnight. (Griffin was part of a Foodtank panel discussion on making farming more attractive to youth. Video from the panel is available here, and Griffin's comments come at about 26:20 into the clip.)
July 24-26: The Wildfire Relief Challenge is a collaboration between The Farm Journal Foundation, Drovers magazine, and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to raise funds to help pay for materials and labor to restore thousands of miles of fencing lost in spring wildfires. The Buffett Foundation will match the first $1 million in donations made up through July 31.
July 21: The Kellogg Company has farmers tell their stories to help educate consumers about their food at a website called Open for Breakfast.
July 20: Matthew Dillon, Director of Agricultural Policy and Programs for the Clif Bar Company, suggests that land grant universities do more in the way of seed breeding for the benefit of local or regional production. (Dillon was part of a Foodtank panel discussion on making farming more attractive to youth. Video from the panel is available here, and Dillon's comments come at about 14:35 into the clip.)
July 19: A device called the Mighty Mite Killer raises and maintains the temperature in a beehive to the point where parasitic varroa mites infecting the bees are killed, but the bees are not harmed.
July 17-18: Consolidation may be a good thing when it comes to farm cooperatives, according to research by Dr. Keri Jacobs, professor of economics at Iowa State University.
July 14: Follow the world of farm machinery--including collectibles and antiques--at the Machinery Pete website.
July 13: Farm bankruptcy rates are not a dramatic as one might expect, based on research by economists Ani Katchova and Robert Dinterman at The Ohio State University, but they could rise.
July 12: Jim Dickrell, editor of Dairy Herd Management, offers some observations about the return on investment for various precision dairy technologies.
July 11: Minnesota has legislated a program to assist young and beginning farmers by offering tax credit incentives to landowners who rent or sell land or assets to those beginning farmers. The law takes effect in 2018.
July 10: The Spring 2017 issue of The Feed, a quarterly analysis of agriculture by Farmer Mac, includes information about the rising cost of farm labor and the shortage of workers to fill farm jobs.
July 7: The National Pork Producers Council and other farm groups are encouraging support for a farm bill provision to bolster the vaccine bank for foot and mouth disease.
July 6: Mike Steenhoek is executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition.
July 5: The Farmers National Company provides professional farm management services to farmland owners, as well as real estate sales.
July 4: The Rural Mainstreet Index tracks the status of the rural economy in the United States. It's produced by Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.