Announcements

Respirator Fit Tests: How To

New requirements under the Worker Protection Standards (WPS) mandate that all pesticide handlers, who are applying pesticides requiring the use of a respirator, have an OSHA approved respirator fit test. These tests include; A medical evaluation and questionnaire A check up with a physician if deemed necessary based on medical history Training on the proper […]

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USDA and SCORE Launch Innovative Mentorship Effort to Support New Farmers and Ranchers

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with officials from SCORE, the nation’s largest volunteer network of expert business mentors, to support new and beginning farmers. Today’s agreement provides new help resources for beginning ranchers, veterans, women, socially disadvantaged Americans and others, providing new tools to help them both grow and […]

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Host a Better Field Day

You’ve done some interesting work: You had a great idea, tried it on your farm and got surprising results. Now, you want to share those results with other farmers and ranchers. The only problem is, you’re busy and constantly pressed for time. Who has time to plan a field day? Thankfully, SARE’s new Farmer Field […]

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FSMA Required Records and Record Templates

Under the Food Safety Modernization Act non-exempt farms must maintain records of several aspects of the farm. These records include management of compost, test results of irrigation and wash water, training of employees, and more. The Produce Safety Alliance has compiled a list of these required records with details about each, and templates to use […]

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Cover Crops Work? Show Me!

All across the United States, farmers are increasingly using cover crops to suppress weeds, conserve soil and control pests and diseases. But agricultural educators know that savvy farmers are reluctant about risk and often want to see cover crops in action before making significant change. SARE’s Library of Cover Crop and Soil Health Images is […]

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Plum Production in Maine

Bulletin #2034, Plum Production in Maine The resurgence in demand for locally-grown fresh fruit has created an opportunity for Maine’s famers to grow and sell plums. Many varieties of plums with excellent fruit quality and market potential are adapted to Maine’s cold climate. As a summer fruit, they are ready to harvest when most farmstands […]

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Webinar – Connecting with Institutional Markets: Strategies and Programs for Producers

For many farmers and ranchers, branching into institutional sales alone might seem daunting. Some producers may rely on independent distributors or co-ops to engage with these markets. This newly archived webinar on the ATTRA website, NCAT and partners discuss topics including developing partnerships, direct marketing, wholesaling, forward contracting, utilizing MOU’s, and briefly, food safety. Though […]

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