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Farmers Embrace Social Media With Felfies

Taking a picture of one’s self, generally by cell phone or webcam and uploading it to social media is known as a “selfie.” The word has moved itself into the English vernacular so much so that the Oxford Dictionary named … Continue reading

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Modern-Day Land Grab: Expiring CRP Contracts Create Opportunity For Fledgling Farmers

Courtesy Martha Mintz, John Deere’s THE FURROW Magazine, There was no shotgun start or race to stake a claim, but when Conservation Reserve Program contracts started expiring, a good old-fashioned land rush kicked off in Blaine County, Mont. “Ten years … Continue reading

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USDA Announces $10.5 Million in Grants to Producers

About $10.5 million in grants is available to producers through the Value-Added Producer Grant program. The program strengthens ties between agricultural producers and their local communities by creating and expanding marketing opportunities, developing specialty or niche products and creating new … Continue reading

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FSA Salutes Veterans and Welcomes the Opportunity to Now Serve Them

Rural communities remain the backbone of America. The food that fills the stomachs of millions of American are grown in these communities and more than 44 percent of military recruits who sacrifice to serve this country, come from rural areas. … Continue reading

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Grant Money + Mushrooms = Profit for Farmers

A grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has farmers in the Northeast growing a lot more mushrooms. The $116,000 grant provided to the University of Vermont and Cornell University found that growing shiitake mushrooms outdoors on logs can be … Continue reading

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FSA Keeps Third Generation in the Dairy Business

By Sarah Kern, Minnesota Farm Service Agency When Eric Johnson finished high school, he didn’t see cows in his future. “I wanted a new adventure and I wanted to try something different after being on the farm my whole life,” … Continue reading

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Study Shows USDA Program Does Work to Benefit the Land

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) is doing what it was designed to do — improve agricultural viability, encourage on-farm conservation and help farmers gain access to land — according to a study by … Continue reading

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28-Year-Old Farmer Makes a Living off of Unwanted Farmland

John Shepherd is sort of a legend in Blackstone, Va. He is sought out for his expertise restoring poorly managed, eroded farmland and making it fertile and usable. He’s done it so many times that at age 28, he has … Continue reading

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From an Idaho Youth Loan to National Youth Leader

By Candy Moore, Idaho Public Affairs/Outreach Coordinator Shane Kerner applied for her first USDA Farm Service Agency Rural Youth Loan at age 14. Now, at age 20, she not only reached adulthood, but financial independence to grow what was once … Continue reading

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Millennial Generation Breaking the Bank Before Hitting the Farm

The organic generation wants to farm but not the traditional way. They are more interested in small-scale operations, but access to land and capital are shocking many of them into reality. Many have opted to work in large agribusinesses but … Continue reading

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