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  • Sep 16, 2014 A Kentucky Professor Works to Improve Irrigation Efficiency, Soil Health in High Tunnels
  • Seasonal high tunnels have emerged in the past few years as an important tool for farmers wanting to extend their growing seasons. Right now, thanks to a Conservation Innovation Grant from USDA, a University of Kentucky professor is studying them – and how they can be made more efficient. Krista Jacobsen, an assistant professor of [...]

  • Sep 10, 2014 USDA Teams Up with Vermont Beef Producers to Provide Local Market Data
  • It wasn’t too long ago that beef was far less traveled, and families often put a side of beef away in the freezer for the winter. Modern day conveniences make beef and the beef buying experience more suitable to a faster pace of life, but old traditions are hard to let go. Across the board, [...]

  • Sep 04, 2014 Conservation Tools Help ‘Pick-Your-Own’ Farm Thrive
  • A farmer’s field is dotted with people busily picking blueberries off bushes and loading them into large red buckets. But they’re not at work. They’re picking for their own pantries. Butler’s Orchard, located near Washington, D.C. in Germantown, Maryland, is a 300-acre family-owned farm that grows more than 180 crops including 25 different kinds of [...]

  • Sep 03, 2014 NRCS Assistance Helps Local Food Pantry Provide Year-Round Produce for Low-Income Families
  • For the past several years, USDA has been making a concerted effort to increase consumer awareness of food origins. That’s an easy task in Greenview, Missouri, where patrons of the Share the Harvest Food Pantry need only look in the parking lot to see where their fresh produce comes from. Practically right outside of the [...]

  • Aug 21, 2014 Just Like a Peach, Without the Fuzz
  • They looked like apples to the twenty-seven children who were waiting patiently in line for lunch as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) at Old Plank Estates in Butler, PA. But in fact, Freedom Farms, a local farmers market, brought a bushel of fresh picked nectarines for the children in honor of [...]


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