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Kentucky Farmer Seizes Opportunity to Put Down Roots of His Own

By:  Kentucky Farm Service Agency For the first 25 years of Daniel Hayden’s life, he has dedicated his time working on other people’s farms. He fed cows, cut hay, hauled tobacco and for the past five years, managed his parents’ … Continue reading

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Pitching Aquaculture and Microloans Is a Marine Veteran’s New Mission

Raising clams has always been a part of Michael McCarthy’s life — until Sept. 11, 2001. “That was my motivation,” said McCarthy, who was working with the New York/New Jersey Harbor relay program, purging and harvesting clams, when terrorists crashed … Continue reading

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Greater Protection Now Offered for Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Growers

Greater protection is now available for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. New provisions under Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program will provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops such as vegetables, fruits, … Continue reading

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FSA Loans Provide Boost to Young Farmers

Young people in their 20s and 30s are farming and the USDA Farm Service Agency is getting them started. Andy Birch, 27, put his dreams of owning a dairy farm on hold due to low wholesale milk prices throughout the … Continue reading

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Agriculture Census Provides Look Into Organic Farms, Producers

New data released from the 2012 Census of Agriculture shows that certified organic agriculture producers are younger, beginning farmers who sell directly to consumers and produce on-farm renewable energy.  Earlier this year, the Census reported that total organic product sales … Continue reading

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New Web Resource Available to Beginning Farmers, Ranchers

A new resource is available that provides a centralized, one-stop resource for beginning farmers and ranchers to explore USDA initiatives designed to help them succeed. The USDA New Farmers website provides information on how to increase access to land and … Continue reading

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Secretary Announces Programs to Conserve Natural Resources and Help Beginning Farmers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced two programs this week to help producers protect the land through conservation and assist beginning farmers in obtaining land. Beginning June 9, farmers, ranchers and landowners can sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) … Continue reading

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USDA Announces Funding for Producers to Become Energy Efficient

Funding is available to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to make energy efficient improvements or install renewable energy systems. Up to $12.3 million in grants and $57.8 million in loan guarantees is being provided through the USDA Rural Energy … Continue reading

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2012 Census Shows Increase in Young, Beginning Farmers

More young people are getting into farming as a full-time job. The 2012 Census of Agriculture data shows an 11.3 percent increase in young and beginning principal operators who reported their primary occupation as farming. The USDA National Agricultural Statistics … Continue reading

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USDA Announces Additional Resources for Small, Midsized Farmers and Ranchers

Small and midsized farmers will have additional support and resources available to them soon. This week Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $7 million in university research awards for small and midsized producers and $8.8 million in technical assistance for small, … Continue reading

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