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Author describes the economy, ecology of small farm decision-making

Michael Madison shares what’s worked for him over the last 30 years in a new book from Chelsea Publishing: “Fruitful Labor: The Ecology, Economy, and Practice of a Family Farm.”

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Best in the Midwest: Centennial farm excels in open-field tomato growing

The family farm has roughly 2,400 acres under cultivation, and tomato plantings make up less than 10 percent of the farm’s total area. But it was excellence in open-field tomato growing that was recently recognized by its processor, Red Gold.

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Author describes the economy, ecology of small farm decision-making

Many are the challenges of the small farmer. Smaller production numbers keep the economy of scale low, and farmland prices make expansion difficult... more »

Best in the Midwest: Centennial farm excels in open-field tomato growing

The family name is Rice, and on the surface, they seem unlikely heroes for tomato growers. The Rice family has farmed near Wanatah, Indiana for... more »

Farmers’ markets can grow with VegU approach

Every day, USDA works to develop tools for farmers and ranchers that support their financial success. The USDA Farmers Market on the National Mall is ... more »

California strawberry growers face tough labor and business climate

For the California strawberry grower, the natural environment makes up for the state’s manmade business environment. Roughly four out of every fi... more »

Food safety tactics key for hydroponic production

The number of small-scale, hydroponic producers is growing fast because of the demand for locally-grown food, but with 48 million cases of foodborne i... more »

Criminal charges in toolbox for FSMA enforcement

Food producers face increased responsibility under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), including the possibility of criminal charges. Shawn Ste... more »

Drone industry launches into specialty agriculture market

Drone scouts are poised to make precision agriculture even more exact as drone technology advances. Drones have already arrived at farms, according... more »

Hydroponic vegetable growing works in Ohio

There’s a learning curve to growing hydroponic vegetables, but teaching your customers is as important. “Inviting our chefs and other customers... more »

VGN survey results show farm staffing struggles

For the second consecutive year, the majority of growers who responded to a labor survey conducted by Vegetable Growers News reported they experienced... more »

Swanson Pickle’s next generation stepping up with improvements

A new crop of Swansons are learning to manage risk and transition at the family’s farm and processing facility in Michigan’s Muskegon County. T... more »

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