In the hustle and bustle of planting, it can be incredibly easy to overlook safety risks. The United Soybean Board and University of Illinois offers quick tips written by Sonja Begemann for staying safe this planting season. Electric Fence Safety comes from Rob DeClue of the Chenango County Soil and Water Conservation District and the New York Grazing Coaltion’s Grazette newsletter.
The USDA, through its Farm Service Agency (FSA), offers Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage for most fruit & vegetable crops, and pays benefits on qualifying crop losses due to eligible weather events.
On Friday, May 13, 2016, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) filed the Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) Proposed Rule with the Vermont Secretary of State. This filing represents the start of the formal rulemakings.
The state Agriculture Agency has submitted its formal draft of new rules requiring small farms to follow the same management practices currently required of medium- and large-sized Vermont farms. The formal draft rules contain a narrower definition of farms that would be subject to annual inspections to check