Category Archives: Food

Rules for Antimicrobial Drug Use in Food Animals

On October 1, 2015, United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules changed for the use of certain antimicrobial drugs (antibiotics) commonly used in livestock production. Craig Lewis, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Veterinary Medical Officer, Office of the Center Director Center for … Continue reading

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Increase soil fertility by adding chickens in field rotations

Building soil fertility and organic matter is a standard practice in organic agriculture. Organic farmers count on healthy soils to increase crop yields and crop quality as well as their farm’s long-term sustainability. Farmers build soil fertility by feeding soil organisms, … Continue reading

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Sustainable production leads to success at Little River Farm

How many young farmers met their financial goals during their first year in business? Bob Payne and Camille Abdel-Nabi started their 3-acre farm with solid training and experience in organic growing, high energy and a good business plan. Bob has an … Continue reading

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Building a Great Farm Team

Good hiring decisions help farm owners/managers and farm workers build an efficient, productive and happy team. Where does a farmer find good employees? How should farmers select the right apprentices, farm workers or farm managers to build a successful farm … Continue reading

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Beginning farmer training for military veterans

Military veterans prefer hands-on learning with people they trust. Veterans want to “do” rather than listen to lectures. Successful educators build relationships with veterans and create Beginning Farmer training techniques that address veterans’ unique learning style. Effective educators offer training … Continue reading

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Bittersweet Farm raises heritage pigs

Brian Bennett of Bittersweet Farm has been living with pigs for over 30 years. Each year, he raises 10-12 liters of certified organic pigs with 6-8 piglets per liter. The pigs live as families outdoors not packed together in huge … Continue reading

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How Skinny Dip Farm grows winter storage crops

Each fall, the farmers market offerings and CSA shares from Skinny Dip Farm include cabbages, leeks, winter squashes, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and a variety of root crops including potatoes ( fingerling and good storing varieties like German Butterball and Sangre), … Continue reading

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