4/22/2014 3:52:00 PM
At a recent seminar, panelists concluded that there is no cookie-cutter template for farm transition, and that each plan must be customized to meet the needs of the generations, partners and stakeholders involved. Family business meetings need to be held off-site with agendas and minutes, creating a paper trail as a means of communication for all parties.
4/22/2014 3:39:00 PM
In recent years, it has become fashionable to point the finger of blame at agriculture and farmers for many environmental issues. However, in reality farmers have been some of the best environmental stewards in the U.S. in the past couple of decades. Consider the following environmental facts about U.S. agriculture and the CRP program.
4/22/2014 11:27:00 AM
You might say that soil is the original green machine. Working with the Earth’s soil microbes saves you a lot of money. At no cost, soil’s tiny, underground critters convert sunlight, water, carbon dioxide and crop residue into crop income.
4/22/2014 9:32:00 AM
Farmers take great pride in the land they use. And while every day is "Earth Day" to farmers, it's still good to take some time on the official Earth Day to think about soil health, and the impacts of how we treat our soil affect us. Read these stories this Earth Day, and take some extra time to think about things like compaction, soil microbes, organic matter, conservation efforts, runoff, tillage and erosion.
4/18/2014 8:11:00 PM
Such efforts could lead to more conservation stipulations in land lease agreements.
Women own a great deal of U.S. farmland, and one national women’s sustainable farming group aims to help these landowners learn more. Women, Food and Agriculture, a national community of women involved in sustainable agriculture, provides the information and confidence they need to take action and work with tenants to improve soil and water conservation on their farmland.