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Agriculture Business / American Farmland Trust
« on: June 17, 2017, 10:23:43 PM »
Home of the American Farmland Trust:

No Farms, No Food
American Farmland Trust Tackles the Biggest Threats
to our Nation’s Farmland and Family Farmers

Every meal on our plates…
Contains ingredients grown on a farm. We all need farms to survive.
Aside from energy from the sun, what else do we need in order
to have food for ourselves and our families?
We need land to grow the food... healthy soils to nourish the crops
and livestock... clean water on farms... and farmers to make it all happen.
But, the land, soil, water, and people we need to grow our food are ar risk.

35 years go, visionary farmland conservationists founded
American Farmland Trust.
Our innovative policies and programs – and staff around the
country – lead a national movement to save the land, soil,
water and people needed to feed America. And the world.
Join us. No Farms, No Food.


Agriculture Business / Information and Technology
« on: June 17, 2017, 05:03:50 PM »

New Tool Permits Farmers to Watch Crops by Satellite

Unlike us humans, soybeans and wheat can’t turn to acupuncture or aromatherapy when they’re stressed out.
And, yes, plants can certainly feel stress. Stress that’s caused by too little moisture and exacerbated by high temperatures. “Agricultural stress occurs when crops do not have adequate soil water during their growth cycle,” explained agricultural researcher Christopher Hain. “Even if the stress doesn’t lead to failure of the crop, it can have significant impacts on end-of-season yield.” Now a new tool is letting the U.S. agriculture

The U.S. is predicting droughts sooner with satellites

Christopher Hain leads this project. In 2016, Hain moved to
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center as a research scientist.

Ohio dairy farmer builds dairy from scratch.

Video in which Paul Keener talks about his experience building a dairy farm.

Big & Little Ag / Rethinking Urban Farming
« on: June 11, 2017, 04:29:20 PM »
(Ed's Note:) While urban farming may seem a long way from
traditional agriculture, professional food providers don't overlook
or trivialize any aspect of the field.
Curtis Stone is something else!

Urban Farming - Curtis Stone

How to Make $100,000 Farming 1/2 Acre You Don't Own

$75,000 on 1/3 acre. Profitable Urban Farm Tour. Green City Acres.

How to Crush it at the Farmers Market

The Five Most Profitable Crops I’ve Ever Grown
Published on Jun 6, 2017

These are the top 5 most profitable crops I've ever grown
in my 8 years of farming. Check out the Greens Harvester:

Registration, Contact, Feedback / Feedback and Comments
« on: June 11, 2017, 04:21:13 PM »
Add comments and feedback to this thread, or,
register and start your own.

Assessing Locations / Finding, Assessing, and Securing Farm Land
« on: June 08, 2017, 10:38:36 PM »
A comprehensive source of information for
entry farmers.  This is a .pdf. You might have to open
and refresh to get the browser to size it.

Finding, Assessing, and Securing Farmland

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
Authored by Becca Weaver, New Entry

with help from Leigh Kalbacker and Chelsea Bardot Lewis
Reviewed by Jennifer Hashley and Eva Agudelo,
New Entry, and Kathy Ruhf, Land For Good
May 2012

This guide will help you answer :

What kind of land am I looking for?
What sort of land tenure situation is right for me?
How do I get started with my land search?
What should I look for during a farmland visit?
How do I negotiate with a land owner and sign an  agreement to use the land?

Organic and Local / Considerations for the Beginning Organic Farmer
« on: June 08, 2017, 05:47:27 PM »
Sustainable Businesses

Considerations for a Beginning Organic Farmer
Interested in organic farming? Here's what you should be thinking about first. By Jennifer Chait
September 19, 2016

In general think about what organic farming means to you and why this would be a good (or not so good) career fit. It can help to create an imaginary first year plan. This plan doesn't need to be concrete, it can be just an exercise to give yourself a chance to see what being a farmer might look like in theory.

Organic and Local / Food for Thought: Rethinking Small Scale Farming
« on: June 08, 2017, 04:24:44 PM »
[Ed's Note] We can almost hear the country mice saying, "Isn't that just like the city mice, to blame their health problerms on the country mice!"  Nonetheless, as we look into this, we find some surprising things taking place.

Here are some things to think about:

How on earth did food get so complicated? After all, on the face of it, it’s really quite simple: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants,” explains food activist Michael Pollan. But somewhere along the way, it all went horribly wrong.
Take the US, the land of big gulps, super-sized meals and fast food restaurants. Since the 1970s, childhood obesity rates have tripled. Obesity-linked conditions – high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea – are also on the rise among young Americans.


Sperling's "Best Places" is a  web site like city-data. It provides
information about towns and rural areas to people looking to
relocate, retire, or move to and work.
Also, like city-data, it depends largely on user input. Users
post their thoughts about places they know about, with
no personal gain implied.
It is another good starting point for many users.

Organic and Local / Alt - Ag
« on: June 08, 2017, 11:38:11 AM »
Alternative solutions popping up, everywhere.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 800 million people grow food in and around cities. That’s roughly 20% of the world’s urban population farming in one form or another.
Urban agriculture is common in many developing countries where people spend a far higher share of their income on buying food, but the practice is also becoming more popular globally.
Farms are springing up between high-rises, in shipping containers and on rooftops in cities around the world – and at a surprising scale. These urban farms are not only providing fresh produce for local people but also employment.

Big & Little Ag / Small Farmers' Journal
« on: May 24, 2017, 11:05:21 PM »

We can’t help but notice the inordinate space given to issues of small farming, today. There is a certain romance associated with rural life and farming, in general. Beneath the surface, though, something life changing is going on.

March 2, 2017

Another record year for organic agriculture worldwide
The positive trend seen in the past years continues: Consumer demand is increasing, reflected in the significant market growth of 11 percent in the United States, the world’s largest organic market. More farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic, ...

The Measures of Quality of Life
What Most Interests Americans in the Countryside?
Topics of Most Interest to the Rural Community?

Is it good food, clean air, or good water? How important are
such things as traffic congestion, good schools, availability
of health care, or friendly neighbors? Home prices, jobs
availability, cost of living? What are the priorities,
and what obstacles stand in the way of all of us in
the pursuit of happiness?
Here is a link to a surprisingly enlightening web forum.

Ed. Note:
Someone started a rural life thread on City-data dot com, and it took off.
Note: Warning. You can get lost for hours in this thread.

The Center for Rural Affairs — Lyons, NB — and Other Links

The Center for Rural Affairs, Lyons, Nebraska,  expresses it better  than I can, in the series,  “Leadership for  Rural Communities,” available here:

Registration, Contact, Feedback / Registration
« on: May 20, 2017, 12:20:41 PM »
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