In the news feature below, Joan Williams of Arlington demonstrates how goat milk is pasteurized to make a soft cheese called chèvre.
Source: The Brookings Register
BY: Vicki Schuster
There’s an extra dozen kids – give or take one or two – running around Joan and Gordon Williams’ farm these days. They aren’t human – they’re the “goat kind” of kids, a mixed herd of Alpine and Saanen dairy goats. They’re there because Joan Williams has a dream – a cheesy dream.
Over the past decade, Joan has been adding to her herd of goats at the family...Read More
Source: The Messenger
MARSHALLTOWN - They were as diverse as the farming operations they came from, or wanted to start.
Forty people attended an afternoon-long session called "Farmville - For Real" on Friday at Marshalltown Community College during the first of a two-day annual conference for Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Some were young farmers just getting a start. Others were older farmers looking to expand their operations into new revenue streams. Others were ending "town careers" and wanted to retire into farming. Before they left, each operation had the chance to sit down...Read More
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Farmers wanting to get into the agritourism industry can better understand the risks and potential liability they will face by attending a workshop being held next month in conjunction with the Indiana Horticultural Congress and Trade Show.
The workshop will be on Jan. 18 at the Wyndham Hotel, 2544 Executive Drive, in Indianapolis near the old airport terminal.
Participants will learn about risks and liability associated with such agritourism activities and operations such as hayrides, workshops, seasonal festivals, petting zoos, bed-and-breakfast...Read More
Need help with your NCR-SARE grant proposal?
If you are a farmer who is a member of a historically socially disadvantaged group*, you are invited to use a grants advising service of the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.
MFAI’s GrantAdvisor can help you apply to grant and cost-share programs of your state or the federal government that could help you improve your farming business. These can be programs of any federal or state agency, not just the USDA. We will assist individual producers or associations of farmers who have never received a federal grant or cost-share...Read More
Source: Agriculture.com by: Raylene Nickel
Soil comes to life in the classroom of vocational agriculture teacher Marcus Lewton at South Heart High School, South Heart, North Dakota. His creative teaching tools, contained in a soil-quality tool kit, unveil to students the microscopic citizens of the soil, such as fungi and bacteria. Students also learn the critical role of all microorganisms in soil and plant health. For high school senior Michael Zarak, whose parents farm and ranch near South Heart, learning about soil builds a foundation for the future.
“It’s important for young people to...Read More
Source: Columbia Daily Tribune
By Cathy Salter
With our own meadow garden now fully at rest, Kit and I continue to find our kitchen filled with greens and vegetables. Seems impossible this could be so given the fact that December is on the horizon. But this is the magic of belonging to a winter subscription farm, or CSA (community-supported agriculture). From October to April, Jennifer and Keith Grabner from Wintergreen Farm deliver a box of fresh greens and vegetables to our door late every Friday afternoon.
I first met Jenny when she and her colleague Lesli Moylan began a schoolyard garden...Read More
Source: Wilmington News Journal
The strong demand for organic food presents a growing opportunity for Ohio farmers. The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) and the Ohio State University Organic Food & Farming Education and Research (OFFER) program will present “Organics 101: An Introduction to Organic Crop Production.” This educational workshop will be held at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation in Bowling Green on Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All Ohio farmers who are looking for information on organic crop production are encouraged to attend this workshop. The program...Read More
The story below features Whole Farm Cooperative, a grocery store of locally grown foods
By Carol Stender
The Whole Farm Cooperative is a grocery store of locally grown foods.
Apples, ground beef, cabbage, bacon, potatoes and turkey can be found in the Long Prairie-based cooperative.
The cooperative started more than 10 years ago when a group of farmers wanted to expand their markets. They sought to supply ground beef from cull cows to St. John's University, the College of St. Benedict and St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.
They called their proposal...Read More
Source: Ag Weekly
BY RON JOHNSON, Agri-View DAIRY EDITOR
Is there a way to “create value around grass-fed milk?”
Scott Rankin, a UW-Madison food scientist, asked that question last week during a “grass-fed dairy tasting.”
It was the second annual event, and it drew several dozen invited guests to the Arlington Agricultural Research Station. Guests heard informational presentations and participated in side-by-side tastings of foods made with “conventional” milk and that made with milk from cows that had primarily been grazed.
The 36-month project has a year to go. It’s funded with...Read More
NCR-SARE, in cooperation with the Nebraska Great Plains Resource Conservation & Development Council (RC&D) and Iowa Golden Hills Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D), conducted public listening sessions at three locations in east-central NE and southwest IA to discuss increasing the sustainability of their agriculture.
The NCR-SARE listening sessions serve as an opportunity to bring together people with differing viewpoints within a community of place to share their perspectives of sustainability and agriculture. Reports resulting from the listening sessions serve as a respected...Read More