Farm Beginnings: A Few Spots Still Available in LaCrosse, WI

Many skills are required to start a successful farm: passion, clear goals, production experience, financial and marketing know-how, and more. The Farm Beginnings class is a 12-month training session that helps beginning farmers clarify their goals and strengths, establish a strong enterprise plan and start building their operation. The course uses a mix of farmer-led classroom sessions, on-farm tours, and an extensive farmer network.  Continue reading ‘Farm Beginnings: A Few Spots Still Available in LaCrosse, WI’

Agriculture Manager at Island Resort in Seychelles, Indian Ocean

Frégate Island Private is a top end luxury private island and resort in the Seychelles Islands of the Indian Ocean. We are currently seeking a highly motivated, hands-on, passionate and practical agriculturalist or organic gardener to manage our agriculture department here on the island.  Apply immediately. Continue reading ‘Agriculture Manager at Island Resort in Seychelles, Indian Ocean’

Farm Apprentice Position with Chewonki Foundation, Mid-coast Maine

Chewonki Foundation, Inc., is a year-round, nonprofit environmental education center based on a 400-acre peninsula in mid-coast Maine. Our programs include a semester school for high school juniors, summer camps for boys and girls, co-ed wilderness expeditions for teens and adults, environmental education for independent and public school groups, and traveling natural history programs. Position Available: Fulltime, January 12, 2015 – January 11, 2016. Apply by November 2, 2014. Continue reading ‘Farm Apprentice Position with Chewonki Foundation, Mid-coast Maine’

Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Crop Insurance

On October 3, USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced that premium subsidy levels established for the new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) crop insurance policy will be in line with the premium subsidies available to producers selecting whole-farm units under the Revenue Protection plans of insurance.  If a farmer has two or more crops and meets the minimum diversification requirement they will receive the higher premium subsidy. (reprint from National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/wfrp-increased-subsidy-level/?utm_source=roundup&utm_medium=email) Continue reading ‘Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Crop Insurance’

Graduate Research Assistant Position, Food Issue Area Network

The Issue Area Networks (IANs), funded by the Office of Public Engagement, were designed to strengthen the alignment of the University’s community-engaged activities around societal issues, activities which are currently operating independently across various offices, units, and departments.  Apply by November 4, 2014. Continue reading ‘Graduate Research Assistant Position, Food Issue Area Network’

Expansion of USDA-Backed Credit Options for Beginning & Family Farmers

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden on 10/07/14 announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will improve farm loans by expanding eligibility and increasing lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers. As part of this effort, USDA is raising the borrowing limit for the microloan program from $35,000 to $50,000; simplify the lending processes; updating required “farming experience” to include other valuable experiences; and expanding eligible business entities to reflect changes in the way family farms are owned and operated. The changes become effective Nov. 7. Continue reading ‘Expansion of USDA-Backed Credit Options for Beginning & Family Farmers’

Comment Period: Importation of Potato Mini-Tubers from the United Kingdom

APHIS is making available for public comment the draft pest risk assessment (PRA) “Importation of Potato Mini-tubers for Propagation from the United Kingdom into the United States; A Qualitative, Pathway-Initiated Pest Risk Assessment” for the importation of potato mini-tubers intended for propagation. Submit comments by November 12, 2014. Continue reading ‘Comment Period: Importation of Potato Mini-Tubers from the United Kingdom’



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