Increasing food system efficiencies
October 21, 2014
Having our food and eating our food
are not the same.
fall harvest season can bring to mind the ability of U.S. farmers to produce
abundant supplies of safe, wholesome foods. Additionally, shopping at the
market I see aisles stacked from floor to nearly the ceiling with seemingly
endless choices of food. However, let’s remember having all this food available
to us does not mean we
Mid-Atlantic Consumer Demand for Ethnic Produce is on the Rise
October 20, 2014
Why is demand increasing for ethnic produce in the mid-Atlantic? U.S. Census data indicates New York City, Washington DC, and Philadelphia are among the top ten cities that are majority-minority in population, meaning ethnic minorities account for more than half of the population (Census 2010). U.S. Census data also shows that the mainstream population only increased by 9.7% from 2000 to 2010 as
Results from a survey on success factors for value-added dairy enterprises
October 17, 2014
by Sarah Cornelisse, Sr. Extension Associate, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education.
A Journal of Dairy Science article from 2013 reports out findings from a survey conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky aimed at identifying "indicators of success for those considering on-farm processing." The researchers sent out a 12 question survey to 120 value-added dairy
Margin Protection Program for Dairy Producers (MPP-Dairy)
October 1, 2014
Under the 2014 Farm Bill dairy producers now have the
opportunity to participate in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy Producers or MPP-Dairy. According to the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency’s website, “the Dairy Margin
Protection Program replaces MILC and will be effective not later than September
1, 2014, through December 31, 2018.” The margin protection
Penn State Extension Farm Executive Workshop: Building Management and Leadership Excellence
September 17, 2014
Everything we have previously learned about economics and
business management must be applied on our farms. From conversations with
farmers we believe this is the challenge for today’s farm managers and leaders.
The difference in profitability of the top 20% and the bottom 20% of commercial
farms continues to grow every year. Even the best and most successful farm
businesses have issues.