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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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Food System Solutions in New England

According to many American food system workers and consumers, our food system is broken. Organic farmer Diana Kushner of Arcadian Fields Farm in Hope Valley, RI explains it this way: “1) Local … food does not cost too much, industrial … Continue reading

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Terroir matters at Oxbow Brewing Company

The Oxbow Brewing Company motto is “loud beer from a quiet place.” Local yeasts and bacteria influence many of their beers. Local fruit and honey will influence future beers. Co-owner Tim Adams, Director of Brewing Operations at Oxbow Brewing Company, … Continue reading

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Multispecies rotational grazing maximizes soil fertility and health

Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm (polyfacefarms.com) in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley recommends rotational grazing to caress soils and confuse pathogens. The Salatins delight in diversity and prefer portable, flexible animal infrastructure. They blend and rotate livestock and pasture species to puzzle … Continue reading

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Tomato variety trials

13 tomato varieties were tested during the 2013 growing season. The trials were conducted at four Rhode Island farms and funded through a 1-year $15,000 Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Partnership Grant titled “Realizing the potential of high tunnel … Continue reading

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Five generations of farmers at 4 Town Farm

This 150-acre, family-owned, diversified produce farm is located near Providence, RI. 4 Town Farm customers value a “farm experience,” not just fresh food, fabulous flowers or perfect plants. Farm Experiences – Pick Your Own Visitors enjoy an authentic farm experience … Continue reading

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New England Farmers Union (NEFU) held fourth annual convention

The New England Farmers Union (NEFU) hosted its fourth annual convention “Celebrating our Agricultural Diversity: People, Practices & Products” in historic Newport, RI. Nearly 100 NEFU members participated in this one-day convention in December 2013. New Hampshire organic farmer and NEFU President, Roger … Continue reading

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