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Census Drilldown: Beginning Farmers and Ranchers | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Census Drilldown: Beginning Farmers and Ranchers | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition | Market Farming | Scoop.it
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Farmers are aging and there just aren't enough young farmers coming along behind.

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Season Extension Topic Room / Learning Center / SARE

Season Extension Topic Room / Learning Center / SARE | Market Farming | Scoop.it
Discover a wealth of educational materials developed out of SARE-funded research on season extension.
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Lots of SARE reports on season extension projects -- mostly about high tunnels. Good stuff!

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Community farmers' markets a 'win-win-win' - Capital Press

Community farmers' markets a 'win-win-win' Capital Press Memorial Day weekend semi-officially marked the beginning of summer, but in many parts of the country, summer seasonal farmers' markets have been open for one or two months and people are...
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USDA - APHIS - Newsroom

USDA - APHIS - Newsroom | Market Farming | Scoop.it
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Genetically engineered wheat, which Monsanto field tested from 1998 to 2005, is not approved for commercial production in the US, yet an Oregon scientist found Roundup Ready wheat on a farm there. Stay tuned on this one --  it could be a huge problem for wheat farmers because other countries don't want GE wheat.

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The Only Real Way to End GMOs | Maria's Farm Country Kitchen

The Only Real Way to End GMOs | Maria's Farm Country Kitchen | Market Farming | Scoop.it
The other day I was feeling overwhelmed, depressed, and defeated about the whole GMO thing. There is SO MUCH evidence that GMOs, and the chemicals that are used in concert with them (like Round up), are destroying our health and planet.
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Most of the commenters at the end of the article point out that LOCAL food is a valid alternative to certified organic. Just ask the farmer how she/he grows.

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Pollinator Partnership

Pollinator Partnership | Market Farming | Scoop.it
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Enter your zip code and learn which plants will benefit pollinators in your ecoregion.

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Scenes From a Pot Farmers’ Market

Scenes From a Pot Farmers’ Market | Market Farming | Scoop.it
Northern California
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With the popularity of farmers markets, you knew this had to happen.

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Why Do G.M.O.'s Need Protection?

Why Do G.M.O.'s Need Protection? | Market Farming | Scoop.it
Congress should put the public interest first, especially when there’s more to learn about genetically engineered crops.
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N.C. State, UT Scientists Secure $2M to Improve Produce Safety | Plants For Human Health Institute

N.C. State, UT Scientists Secure $2M to Improve Produce Safety | Plants For Human Health Institute | Market Farming | Scoop.it

The goal of the project is to provide safe, alternative, sustainable and effective treatments to reduce foodborne illnesses caused by E. coli, Listeria and Salmonella contamination in organic produce.

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A great research project that tries to marry the interests of food safety and organic production by looking for antimicrobials such as compounds in essential oils.

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Drive to Feed the World

Drive to Feed the World | Market Farming | Scoop.it

The Chew on This Tour is a unique, interactive road show traveling the nation to heighten awareness about one of the biggest problems facing our world today: hunger. The tour will be stopping at feed mills, universities, fairs and civic events around the country. Our spokesperson Bill Goldberg, former NFL lineman and champion wrestler, answers questions about world hunger and sustainable food production.

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Coming soon to YOUR town? Corporate ag is taking its anti-organic message on the road in this rig. They are trying to usurp the word "sustainability" from the sustainable ag movement. They argue that there are no benefits to organic agriculture, free-range eggs, and so on. Read their "facts" and be ready to discuss.

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FLAG Home Page

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Farmers' Guide to Farm Internships is now available from Farmers' Legal Action Group. Download it for free.

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If you hire interns, you will want to read this booklet. It addresses wages, housing, overtime, workers comp, and all the other issues related to people who work on your farm. In general, the guide says, farm interns must be treated and paid like regular employees.

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Fish to Farm to Table

Fish to Farm to Table | Market Farming | Scoop.it
Sweetwater Organics provides a glimpse into the future of sustainable farming.
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An urban aquaponics veggie operation in Milwaukee. Very interesting!

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MOFGA seek applicants for executive director | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association is looking for a new executive director. The association remains under the leadership of an interim director following the death of Russell Libby.

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Sustainable farming needs math as much as mulch, says one veteran

Sustainable farming needs math as much as mulch, says one veteran | Market Farming | Scoop.it
Farming has been "a rip-off system ever since day one," says California's Tom Willey -- and if we're going to improve that system, we'd better understand what makes it tick.
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'Plowing Old Ground' exhibit puts focus on Vermont's organic farming pioneers - Brattleboro Reformer

'Plowing Old Ground' exhibit puts focus on Vermont's organic farming pioneers - Brattleboro Reformer | Market Farming | Scoop.it
'Plowing Old Ground' exhibit puts focus on Vermont's organic farming pioneers Brattleboro Reformer This photograph by John Nopper of Jack and Anne Lazor of Butterworks Farm of Westfield is part of Plowing Old Ground: Vermont s Organic Farming...
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Gathering Together Farm | Featured in Johnny's 40th Anniversary Farm Visits & Grower Profiles

Gathering Together Farm | Featured in Johnny's 40th Anniversary Farm Visits & Grower Profiles | Market Farming | Scoop.it
Read how Gathering Together Farm started -- seed production and market garden produce hand in glove.
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Gathering Together Farm is inspiring on so many levels! Check out the profile I wrote for the Johnny's website.

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They are also a great company to work for.
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Monsanto Wins Case on Genetically Altered Soybeans

Monsanto Wins Case on Genetically Altered Soybeans | Market Farming | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that farmers could not use the company’s patented genetically altered soybeans to create new seeds without paying the company a fee.
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It’s Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest

It’s Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest | Market Farming | Scoop.it
Forget meadows. Seattle's food forest will be filled with edible plants, and everything from pears to herbs will be free for the taking.
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CCOF Certification News - Spring 2013

CCOF Certification News - Spring 2013 | Market Farming | Scoop.it
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Kudos to CCOF for trying to make organic certification less paperwork-intensive.

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Read About Circle Fresh Farms | Johnny's Farm Visits & Grower Profiles | February 2013

Read About Circle Fresh Farms | Johnny's Farm Visits & Grower Profiles | February 2013 | Market Farming | Scoop.it
Read about Circle Fresh Farms, an innovative growers consortium based in Denver, Colorado. Browse all of Johnny's 40th Anniversary Farm Visits & Grower Profiles
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Poll Shows What Americans Think Of GMOs

Poll Shows What Americans Think Of GMOs | Market Farming | Scoop.it
Americans are largely uncertain over whether genetically modified foods are safe for the environment or safe to eat, but the vast majority say that foods containing genetically modified ingredients should be labeled, according to a new...
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Letter to Cantaloupe Industry on Produce Safety

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing this letter to firms that grow, harvest, sort, pack, process, or ship cantaloupe, to further our common goal of enhancing the safety of cantaloupe.
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The FDA announces plans to inspect cantaloupe packinghouses this year. In two major outbreaks the past two years, 400 people got sick and 36 died from microbial contamination of cantaloupe. This article contains links to more specific information about preventing contamination of netted melons.

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USDA Releases Report on the Growing Importance of Food Hubs in Rural America | USDA Newsroom

USDA Releases Report on the Growing Importance of Food Hubs in Rural America | USDA Newsroom | Market Farming | Scoop.it
NEW ORLEANS, La., February 26, 2013 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan today announced the release of a report which provides a comprehensive look at the economic role, challenges and opportunities for food hubs in the nation’s...
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Organic Kentucky

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Organic Association of Kentucky's conference Feb. 28-March 2 in Berea, KY.

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This looks like a great conference, with pre-conference farm tours and Vandana Shiva, the Wiedigers on high tunnels, and Atina Diffley. A star-studded market farming event!

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