Category Archives: Features

Family Dairy Shows Resiliency in Uncertain Times

By: Leila Naylor, FSA, Rhode Island Meet the multi-generational family owners of Wright’s Dairy Farm and Bakery, one of the oldest dairy operations in Northern Rhode Island. They focus on cow comfort, value-added products, and accommodating the needs of their … Continue reading

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Growing Interest in Gardening

By Dana Rogge, USDA Ashley DeBord is the owner and operator of Glory Gardens and Greenhouse LLC in Eubank, Kentucky. Managing her business during the pandemic led to adjustments in how she operates and created a bevy of new customers. … Continue reading

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Conservation, Crops, and a Corn Maze

By Christopher Willis, USDA Katie and Dallas Peebles are the owners and operators of Peebles Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Augusta, Arkansas. The Peebles bought the farm in 1996 and have transitioned to agritourism over the last 16 … Continue reading

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USDA Now Accepting Applications for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Online Tools and Call Center Available to Assist Producers By: Richard Fordyce, Farm Service Agency Administrator You can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which provides direct payments to farmers and ranchers to offset impacts from the coronavirus … Continue reading

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Roots Run Deep

By Chris Groskreutz, NRCS, Michelle Stone and Buford Sanders, Georgia Forestry Commission  Meet Johnny Bembry of Pulaski County, Georgia. The Bembry family has made a living on their farm for over 200 years, adapting and evolving how they manage the … Continue reading

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Meadowlark’s Market Advantage

By Jessica Claypole, FSA Meet Eric and Amy Kinman, owners of Meadowlark Farm, a regenerative farming operation located in rural Gasconade County, Missouri. Rooted on eight acres, Meadowlark Farm began with just six head of heritage breed feeder pigs in … Continue reading

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Transforming with Conservation

By: Aaron Blackburn and Hanna Collins, FSA Bill Cooper, is a cattle farmer from Wythe County, Virginia, where he raises Angus cattle on the same land that his family has operated since 1941. Bill lives on the farm with his … Continue reading

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Steward of the Land

By: Anna Kearney, FSA Christopher Sumpter Jr. is a fourth-generation farmer from Borden, South Carolina, where he raises Hereford and Black Angus cattle. Chris is continuing his family’s legacy, running a cow-calf operation and working daily in the pastures. Preserving … Continue reading

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Trailer Made for Farmers Markets

By Lynnette Wright, FSA Phil and Dawn Keppler of SK Herefords in Medina, New York, raise registered and commercial Hereford beef cattle on their farm, as well as corn and hay. Located about halfway between Rochester and Buffalo, their location … Continue reading

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Pushing Forward to Live the Dream

By Danny Hoots, FSA Tommy Turner Jr., is a new farmer who operates near Eudora, Arkansas. Many doors of opportunity opened for Tommy when he graduated college, but it was the dream of farming that called him back home. Where … Continue reading

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