Denae Friedheim, interim director and farm manager of the Student Organic Farm (SOF) at Michigan State, has been experimenting with types of salad greens suited for late fall and winter harvest in the Lansing, MI area. She and other staff at the SOF have learned how to time seeding and transplanting so that farm marketers and winter CSA growers can provide fresh salad mixes for their customers straight through the winter. [Read more…]
by Deb Dalton, Information Specialist, NYCAMH
In recent months, there has been a lot of talk in the media about farmers and mental health.
Take a look at some recent offerings:
- A recent webinar aired online, titled: Communicating With Farmers Under Stress, hosted by The North Central Region – Rural Support Network Team.
- A piece from Radio Iowa, November 2017: “Expert says psychological stress on farmers often overlooked.”(www.radioiowa.com)
- A research publication: Suicide among agricultural, forestry, and fishery workers: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis. Scand J Work Environ Health. 2018;44(1):3-15.
- A December 2017 article in Successful Farming: “Calming the Storm”; farmers and ranchers need to find a way to manage the stress in their lives before it takes a toll on their mental and physical health. (Prater, Lisa)
- “Rough Ride” / Salena Zito. New York Post Dec. 17, 2017
- A December 2017 article in The Guardian: “Why are America’s farmers killing themselves in record numbers?”
Winter is often welcomed for its slower pace. For many farmers, it is a time of reflection, whether it’s thinking about retirement, purchasing land or contemplating future land use. Land trusts are helping farmers across the country with these tough decisions. [Read more…]
Plant diseases are caused by three categories of pathogens. Ranked in the order of prevalence, these disease-causing agents are: fungi, bacteria and viruses. [Read more…]
Customer Resource (or Relationship) Management (CRM) programs are becoming increasingly more sophisticated to provide a layered strategy for developing and sustaining customer loyalty. [Read more…]
It’s that time of again, reflection, resolutions, new starts and, sigh, word slides — sooo many word slides.
I see your heavy eyelids, blank looks, frequent trips to the bathroom and intensive texting with others. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
The optimal time for picking fruit involves the convergences of ripeness, storage ability, market demand and the whims of Mother Nature. If any of these are ignored, rotten apples just might be the end result. [Read more…]
While working as an Extension Agent, people always asked me what crop(s) should they grow? When I would suggest some, they would ask, “Is there a market for it?” I would answer, “Yes, the market is what YOU make it”, meaning that you have to seek out your own markets for yourself. [Read more…]
by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
Barcodes can help vegetable plant breeders stay better organized and be more efficient. Michael Mazourek, the Calvin Knoyes Keeney associate professor of Plant Breeding for Cornell University, presented “Getting Started with Barcode-based Digital Data Collection for Vegetable Breeding”, a recent webinar hosted by eXtension, National Institute of Food and Agriculture and USDA. [Read more…]
Look again. See any tiny white casings of discarded skin? Or maybe some sticky, yellowish “honeydew” droplets? And if you do discover the critters, can you identify them? And why would that be important? [Read more…]