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Small-scale farmers need better access to crop insurance and weather information to boost resilience, said Bruce Campbell, an ecologist who leads the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
â€śAgriculture is for everyone, but many people donâ€™t realize just how important women are to an operationâ€™s success,â€ť she said. â€śTheyâ€™re the wife, the finance person, the mother, the go-fer, the shuttle-bus driver. â€śTheyâ€™re also often the owner-operator, and have been the largest growing segment of the food/ag business sector.that.â€ť
â€śEPA knows its effort to regulate perfectly well-run farms cannot withstand legal scrutiny, and the agency doesnâ€™t quite know how to deal with that,â€ť AFBF President Bob Stallman said. Both AFBF and the West Virginia Farm Bureau joined the suit on the side of Alt.
Hybrids that live longer are not going to die earlier and dry fast. Management decisions such as planting date, plant population, amount of nitrogen used, and use of foliar fungicides all affect the rate of dry down and grain moisture at harvest.
Some of the state farm bureaus have also given less weight to views on the farm bill in their midterm endorsements because the current legislation will last until 2019. The Iowa Farm Bureau's questionnaire for statewide candidates this year didn't include a single question about the farm bill because it had already passed, said Bell.
Even though the latest industry estimates value local food sales at $7 billion annually, three-quarters of small farmers have sales below $50,000 a year. While the farm to table movement has brought a slew of new customers to farmers like Smith, sales volumes are often too low to translate into living wages.
The number of farmers markets in Ohio has tripled since 2004, to 311, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That follows a national trend of more than 100 percent growth in the number of markets in the past decade.
The fire was reported just after noon, according to the Licking County sheriffâ€™s office. According to police and fire scanner traffic, at least 23 units had responded to the facility in northwest Licking County and contained the fire to one building that was to house chickens.
â€śI think you can ban the use of certain fertilizers, coming up with segregation systems where fertilizers are used is a possibility, too. You have to go where the science leads you,â€ť Mr. FitzGerald said.
He was gravely injured Tuesday when a tractor flipped over on him at his familyâ€™s farm, near Youngstown, Ohio.