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Retail Agriculture: A Consumer-Driven Market Trend

By Gary Matteson - Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Many farmers and ranchers have benefited from the trend in local foods, finding ways to sell direct-to-retail and capture a higher profit margin. Young, beginning and small farmers in particular have been able to enter into farming at the smaller scale of direct-to-consumer sales in the local foods marketplace, like farmers’ markets, roadside stands and through community supported agriculture (CSAs). Read More »

Emerging Trends in Agriculture

By Olga Zvinyatskovskaya - Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The urban farming movement is growing rapidly and will continue to do so as more people become aware of the benefits of growing and eating local foods (Source: National Young Farmers Coalition). In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says around 15 percent of the world’s food is now grown in urban areas. Read More »

Succession Planning: Keeping the Farm in the Family

By Andrew Zenk - Thursday, June 14, 2012

Father's Day: a time to celebrate all of the dads, grandpas and great grandpas in our lives. It's also a time for many in agriculture to be very thankful for the privilege of working side-by-side with their family. No doubt, some days are tough, but those able to work with family are a very lucky group. This is an opportunity that should be carefully protected, which requires planning, open lines of communication and discipline. Read More »

95 Years: Farm Credit's Founding Fathers

95 Years: Farm Credit's Founding Fathers

By Jim Putnam, Farm Credit East - Wednesday, June 13, 2012

As 1916 began, it would have been far-fetched to expect that the United States would finally establish a permanent system to provide dependable, reasonably-priced credit to farms and rural communities throughout our nation. By July 17, however, the Farm Loan Act of 1916 (FLA) had been overwhelmingly passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson. This was the birth of the Farm Credit System, which is today the largest, most dependable source of credit to American agriculture. Read More »