Category Archives: Regional Posts

Growing and Grafting a Dream

By Madeline Alewine, FSA, Oklahoma Meet Dick Hoffman of Hoffman Pecan Farm in Payne County, Oklahoma. Dick and his wife, Jean, started the operation in 1962 with a few pecan trees and 80 acres. Over the course of 58 years, … Continue reading

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Creating Opportunities for Farm and Sea

By Leila Naylor, FSA, Rhode Island Meet Catherine Puckett, a lifelong mariner and seasoned shellfish farmer of Block Island, Rhode Island. She began her journey working for Block Island Shellfish Farm before purchasing the operation 13 years later. A single … Continue reading

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Building Drought Resilience to Continue the Ranch

By Donnie Lunsford, NRCS, Texas Meet the Hightowers, a West Texas farming and ranching family that raises cattle and cotton. Shelly, and her late husband Rickey, were determined to carry on the family’s ranching legacy for their children. The family … Continue reading

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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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