Source: No-Till Farmer, April 2011
By Martha Mintz, Contributing Editor
SOME DIG DEEP to identify the yield robbers on their farms. Jules Willott only
had to dig 3 inches.
After years of letting his fertilizer rep take his soil samples, the Mexico, Mo.,no-tiller decided to do the job himself. What he discovered as he dug his soil samples was a shallow compaction layer.
"There was good, loose soil for 3 inches, then a 1.5-inch layer that was hard and then good soil below that," Willott observed. "Our roots were getting through, but I think it must have slowed them down a little."...Read More
Source: Worthington Daily Globe
WORTHINGTON — Students in Worthington High School’s Ag 10 and Floriculture classes received a challenge Monday morning — to find a way to feed a growing world population with finite resources, and do so in a manner that protects the land and sustains it for generations to come.
Sustainability is a buzz word in today’s world of agriculture, and Monday marked the first class in a three-year project to get today’s youths thinking about tomorrow’s global food and fiber needs. Rolf Mahlberg, former WHS and Minnesota West Community and Technical College ag...Read More
Source: Vinton Today
By Pattie Upmeyer, Benton County Extension
Midwest Aronia Association will hold their 1st Annual Conference, bringing together the largest gathering of aronia pioneer, growers, and producers in the United States, on April 8th & 9th, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Featuring speakers from the US and Poland, information will be presented on the science, growing, and marketing of the aronia berry. Recent research into the nutritional and healthful value of aronia melanocarpa indicates high levels of antioxidants, prompting regional, national, and world-wide interest in cultivation...Read More
Source: Hot Springs Star
HOT SPRINGS - A workshop for entrepreneurs interested in marketing food products will be held March 28 in Hot Springs. This session was rescheduled from Feb. 25 due to weather. The day-long workshop is sponsored by the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service, and costs include lunch and materials. Scholarships are available to Horizons communities and through SARE.
Registration for the day begins at 9 a.m. at Canyon Cottage on the grounds of the State Veterans Home in Hot Springs. It will conclude by 4:30 p.m. To register for a lunch count, please call the Fall River...Read More
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WOMEN FARMLAND OWNERS IN BOONE COUNTY AREA INVITED TO FREE PROGRAM
FOCUSED ON CONSERVATION APRIL 14 AT THE IOWA ARBORETUM
BOONE—Women who own or manage farmland in Boone and neighboring counties are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion and field tour on Thursday, April 14, from 8:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Iowa Arboretum near Madrid. The program is called Women Caring for the Land.
Women own or co-own 47% of Iowa’s farmland, and often express strong conservation values in meetings...Read More
The 2011 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program’s (NCR-SARE) Professional Development Program Call for Preproposals is now available online at http://sare.org/ncrsare/PDP/pdp.htm
NCR-SARE's Professional Development Program (PDP) provides funds for professional development projects that provide sustainable agriculture training to agricultural professionals and educators in the Cooperative Extension Service (CES), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), other governmental agencies, and educators in the profit and non-profit sector serving the food...Read More
A Guide to Which Programs are Most Likely to Partially Reimburse You for Cover Cropping
Source: Corn & Soybean Digest
Need help with cover-crop expenses? It’s available through a virtual smorgasbord of government and state programs.
The alphabet of programs – EQIP, CSP, SARE, MRBI, GLRI and more – offer qualifying growers $20-50 or more/acre in assistance. They are available through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and some state entities and are especially a hit on no-till and strip-till operations. (Program descriptions and application instructions are available...Read More
Source: Kansas Farmer
If you've been thinking there might be an agritourism application for your farm or if you are interested in Farmers Market direct marketing, then a Feb. 26 conference in Clyde is one you don't want to miss.
The "Direct Marketing Tools for Farmers Markets and Agritourism Enterprises" Conference will cover different aspects of of agritourism, profitability, marketing and high tunnel production.
Conference speakers include farmers market managers, fruit and vegetable farmers and others experienced in agricultural marketing and agritourism.
The conference will be held...Read More
NCR-SARE is seeking nominees for five seats on its Administrative Council (AC) as follows:
- Kansas – farmer/rancher*
- Indiana – extension representative
- South Dakota – research representative
- At large** – USDA-NRCS representative
- At large – agribusiness representative
*Should be actively engaged in farming or ranching in Kansas.**At large representatives should be from one of the 12 states that comprise the North Central SARE region. Those states are IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, and WI.The term for each of these SARE Administrative Council slots...Read More
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