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NEFU Member Awarded VAPG Grant from USDA

Congratulations to New England Farmers Union member Carole Soule of Loudon, N.H.  Miles Smith Farm, which Carole runs with her husband Bruce Dawson, was awarded a Value-Added Producer Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program. The program helps agricultural producers grow their businesses by turning raw commodities into value-added products,…  Read more

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Farm Bill 2013, Farmer Profile, Farmers, Funding Opportunities

Maine Coalition to Test Sustainable Year-Round Crop Production

Profitable year-round crop production in Maine may sound far-fetched given the state’s cold winters and high heating costs, but advances in greenhouse design and renewable energy technologies are changing that. Now, as demand for locally-sourced food continues to grow, a coalition of Maine agriculture, energy, and composite industry representatives have partnered with academic institutions to…  Read more

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Alternative Energy, Environment, Farm Economics, Farming Practices

Member Profile: Warren Facey, Our Family Farms

When he was a child, Warren Facey watched as the family farm was sold and subsequently “grew to houses.” Seeing that transformation, he said, made him a preservationist. During his youth, he worked on several farms, until he bought Bree-Z-Knoll Farm in Leyden in 1972—what he jokingly calls, “a 4-H project gone wrong.” He started…  Read more

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Farmer Profile

Apply to Attend the International Young Farmer Summit

The International Young Farmers’ Summit to be held September 4, 2014, in Bordeaux, France, is a great opportunity for farmers and ranchers under 40 years of age to discuss family agriculture with young farmers’ representatives across the globe through the construction and the adoption of an international manifesto. The event is led by the French young farmers’…  Read more

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Beginning Farmers, Farmer Leaders, International Agriculture, International Year of Family Farming, National Farmers Union, Urban Agriculture

Family Farming and the Local Economy: Connecting Farmers and Consumers

By Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union President Local and regional food systems are important parts of America’s and the world’s movement towards increased sustainability within the food sector. Defining sustainability is difficult, but I will use it to mean a system of food production that encourages locally marketed food that directly connects farmers and consumers,…  Read more

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Consumers, International Year of Family Farming, Regional Food Systems
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