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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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Revenue Growth Ideas for Farmers and Growers

There are a couple of good articles in The American Grower publication that cover different ideas for increasing farm revenue.  There is a very good article on U-pick farming that covers almost every aspect of this strategy, including what products work best and what crops to avoid.  One online comment cautioned about lawsuit liability.  The [...]

Farm to School Fact Sheets

Check out these short and sweet Farm to School Fact Sheets  ==>>  http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/fact-sheets

Farming Smart – Saving Money

This is a great article and video explaining the benefit of smart farming and using the data and tools at your disposal to save money and decrease chemical use when it is not needed or beneficiary.  An old Dutch proverb says: “Meten is Weten” which means: “Measuring is Knowing”  This is an example of measuring, [...]

How to Secure a Farm Loan

There is a good article this month in the  Florida Grower about securing a farm loan.  http://www.growingproduce.com/farm-management/how-to-secure-a-farm-loan/  Remember that your Small Business Development Center consultants can help you develop your Business Plan and financial projections in preparation for your meeting with the loan officer.

Meet us at the Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference

The purpose of the annual Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference is to provide farmers with up-to-date, research-based, in-depth educational information. The conference aims to facilitate solutions-based collaboration by encouraging networking and an open dialog among members of Florida’s small farms community.  Attendees participate in workshops, hands-on demonstrations, and organized networking activities, enabling them [...]

USDA Announces New Support for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

  USDA Announces New Support for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers   Department Implementing New Farm Bill Programs, Unveiling New Centralized Online Resource to Support Next Generation of Farmers   DAVIS, Calif., June 23, 2014 – U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced the implementation of new Farm Bill measures and other policy changes to [...]

Farmer’s Market Links

This post will be dedicated to some Farmer’s Market Links as we try to streamline the infrastructure between the grower and the plate. I also like the branding for the Live Oak Farmer’s Market – 3 parts, easy to remember and easy to understand – Make It – Bake It – Grow It! Farm to [...]

Five Tips to Secure Your Farm’s Financial Future

Frank Giles posted a great article in a recent Growing Produce Newsletter called  Five Tips to Secure Your Farm’s Financial Future. The 5 tips are: Build a Team and Plan Expect the Unexpected Save Today Mitigate Risks Purchase Asset One of the great takeaways of this article is the importance of a team.  Most farmers [...]

The Fresh Market Vegetable Farm

“Growing produce is not the biggest hurdle facing most fresh market vegetable growers; earning a reasonable living poses the greatest challenge.”  That is how a report from the University of Wisconsin begins.  The researchers of this report followed 19 vegetable growers for three years.  Their farms ranged from 1 to 70 acres.  The report compiled [...]

Digitizing Our Agricultural History; 77 Years of Annual Statistics Now Online

Did you know that more than 11 million Americans worked on farms in 1930, of which 8.3 million were family workers? Compare that to the fewer than 1.5 million workers employed in agriculture during the peak harvest months of 2011. Every year, the Department of Agriculture releases a reference book of major agricultural statistics for [...]