The Traverse Bay Economic Development Corporation and Michigan Good Food Charter are working to develop local food production and distribution systems to source 20% of the food for the Traverse City area within a 100-mile radius by 2020. The plan also states the meat portion of supply should be pasture-based. According to Jason Rowntree, Assistant Professor, Beef Cattle and Forage Utilization at Michigan State University, to achieve this pasture-based livestock supply, producer and culinary education must be greatly enhanced. This story features Rowntree's NCR-SARE Research and Education project,...Read More
Folks with an interest in grassfed beef production are invited to attend a pasture walk and workshop at the Jane and Joe Jewett farm near Palisade, MN on Monday, October 22 from 9:30am-2:30pm.
Jane Jewett has an NCR-SARE Farmer-Rancher grant to document finishing weights and time to finish for grassfed beef steers. Three other farmers in Minnesota are cooperating on this project, and preliminary results will be presented. Betsy Weiland, Minnesota SARE co-coordinator, will present information about the SARE grant programs.
Scott Kittleson from the Aitkin NRCS...Read More
Source: MSU Extension, Mandy Pratt
Michigan State University (MSU) Extension recently received a three-year grant to test the feasibility of a value-added grass-fed beef chain in northwestern Michigan and is seeking interested producers to participate.
The grant is funded by NCR-SARE (LNC12-345). This research will help pave the way from the pasture to the dinner plate and will involve not only the farms but also butchers, chefs and consumers to develop a new sustainable industry for Michigan.
The Traverse Bay Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Good Food Charter of the Traverse...Read More
The story below features a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day, sponsored, in part, by NCR-SARE.
Source: Wallaces Farmer
Health-conscious consumers are driving a growing demand for organic, locally produced food. Emmetsburg farmers Harn Soper, Jarret Herke and Tony Pille invite you to Soper Farms to see how they are taking advantage of this new market by adding an organic vegetable and grass-fed livestock enterprise to their farm as well as their efforts to reduce energy consumption and chemical inputs while increasing profitability. Learn more about their endeavors...Read More