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Growing for Profit
Monthly Program starts February 18, 2014

This monthly program is designed as an introduction to basic production techniques on a wide variety of topics from pasture management and livestock production to growing vegetables and alternative enterprises. As you consider your options for your farm, learn what is involved and get the resources available to help you be successful.

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USDA Celebrates Rural Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs During National Small Business Week

National Small Business Week began with a proclamation from President Obama recognizing the small businesses across the Nation which, especially in our rural and small-town communities, making vital contributions to communities and the American economy. Individually, the impact of a small business may seem minor in comparison with conglomerates. Click here to read more: http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/05/13/usda-celebrates-rural-small-businesses-and-entrepreneurs-during-national-small-business-week/. [...]

Congress at Work: Farm Bill, etc.

With so much attention surrounding the launch of the Healthcare Marketplace Exchange and the cancellation of millions of health care insurance policies, very little significant legislation has passed as a result. For example, remember how 2013 was going to be the year to tackle tax reform? Even the current farm bill –scheduled to expire in [...]

Visit us at the Florida Small Farms Conference!

Visit the Small Business Development Center (SBDC at UNF) at Booth #419! The SBDC at UNF is here to assist small farmers in becoming more successful in meeting the challenges of tomorrow.  The center can assist small farmers with starting a farm, buying or selling an existing operation, or growing a farm to the next level.  The [...]

Helping Produce Businesses in Many Ways

Accurate and timely information, access to new markets, and financial protection are critical to the success of any business. In the produce industry, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides services to cover all three of these items. By providing current price and volume information, AMS Market News helps produce businesses, transportation companies, and others [...]

Census Provides Opportunity to Grow the Future of Agriculture

The 2012 Census of Agriculture, the only source of consistent and comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the nation, is currently being mailed to millions of farmers and ranchers across the United States.  Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the Census provides detailed [...]

2012 Census of Agriculture Provides Producers Thanks and Hope this Holiday

As our nation’s farm families gather this Thanksgiving to count their many blessings and reflect on this year’s harvest, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) urges producers to ensure their farm or ranch is also counted in the 2012 Census of Agriculture. The Census is a crucial tool that provides farmers with a voice in [...]

USDA Urges Holiday Shoppers to Sample Local Businesses

Saturday, November 24, 2012 is Small Business Saturday.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, in partnership with the White House and the Small Business Administration, proudly supports this important effort by asking everyone to shop at small businesses whenever possible.  Presently, there are 28 million small businesses throughout the United States, representing 44 [...]

USDA Delivers Funding for Hurricane Sandy Recovery Projects in 11 States

 As part of federal efforts to provide necessary support to those affected by Hurricane Sandy, the Agriculture Secretary announced that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has provided $5.3 million in Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program funds to 11 states affected by the storm. EWP—an emergency recovery program—responds to emergencies created by natural disasters by [...]

Drought and Drought Assistance

Throughout much of the country, communities are struggling with one of the worst droughts to strike the U.S. in decades. The lack of rain and high temperatures have done considerable damage to crops — particularly those in the Midwest. USDA and other federal agencies are taking steps to help farmers, ranchers, and small businesses wrestling [...]

No drought aid for farmers, ranchers as Congress breaks for summer

Congress adjourned for the summer on Thursday without passing a relief package for farmers and ranchers suffering through the most widespread drought since the 1930s.  Congress has agreed to take the issue up again after Labor Day.  Most farmers devastated by the drought are getting help from federally assisted insurance policies.  But a number of [...]

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