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2008-08-06 21:00:24

By Jeff Massie, The Sun, Midwest City, Okla. Aug. 6--Farmers markets are sprouting up faster than a stalk of organic corn. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) information released by www.okgrown.com, the number of U.S. farmers markets has reached the 4,500 mark. Oklahoma has risen from 28 local stores to 49 in recent years. Aug. 3-9 has been proclaimed "National Farmers Market Week" by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer. With the growing encroachment of urban...

2008-07-14 09:00:48

By Anne Riley University of Maryland doctoral student Farhaana Nyamekye has no plans to forgo a degree in mathematics education to become a farmer, but that didn't stop her from hand-picking more than a pound of blueberries at Larriland Farm in Woodbine on Tuesday. "I don't trust what's in the supermarket," said Nyamekye as she plucked a berry from the bush and dropped it in her plastic bag. Nyamekye, a first-time patron, cited steroids and hormones as two factors that pushed her away from...

2008-07-07 15:00:35

By Matthew Wilde, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa Jul. 7--WATERLOO -- If Northeast Iowans purchased locally grown food for their Fourth of July barbecues, chances are the feasts were cheaper. The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts food will increase 4.5 percent to 5.5 percent this year as retailers continue to pass on higher commodity and energy costs to consumers. Last year grocery bills increased 4 percent led by eggs dairy and poultry. On Wednesday, for example, Hy-Vee...

2008-07-06 15:00:20

By Jessica Legge, The Times West Virginian, Fairmont Jul. 6--FAIRMONT -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service looks for the country's 2008 net farm income to reach a record level. The USDA forecasted that this year the average farm operator household income would rise 6.3 percent to $89,434. Most specialties are expected to experience an increase in 2008. But in the June 2008 edition of "The Market Bulletin," a publication of the West Virginia Department of...

2008-07-03 09:00:55

By Tom Faure, Chattanooga Times/Free Press, Tenn. Jul. 3--Each Tuesday in summer, Signal Mountain Farms owner Thomas O'Neal opens his tent-covered stand at the mountain's Bachman Community Center and fills it with green diva cucumbers, dark-purple cabbage, yellow squash and about 60 other varieties of produce. Customers mingle among quickly filling boxes, remarking how "beautiful" the vegetables are. Mr. O'Neal walks around genially, refilling the racks with certified organic produce and...

2008-06-25 18:02:38

By Aubrey Woods, The Tribune, Seymour, Ind. Jun. 25--CORTLAND -- Ben Thompson knows when he completes his education in agricultural economics at Purdue University next spring that he has a full-time job waiting for him when he returns to the family farm. And while no one can be certain of the changes facing farmers in the future, Thompson said he knows one thing for sure. "I want to be a part of laying the foundation of agriculture for future generations," Thompson said Tuesday....

2008-06-18 18:00:20

By MARC SHAPIRO Staff Writer County farmers' markets and produce stands are open for another season, including the one at the Centre at Glen Burnie that begins today, bringing fresh produce to consumers at affordable prices despite economic woes taking a toll on growers. "Profit is very thin because costs are so high," said Jim Schillinger, the fourth-generation owner of Schillinger's Farm in Severn. His company's stand opened yesterday with prices that do not reflect the rising...

2007-03-15 12:00:26

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While touring the state's latest Century Farm Award recipient today, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff stressed the importance of farm safety, especially with spring planting season just around the corner. "Farming is a very dangerous but essential job that contributes to the well-being of all Pennsylvanians through the production of food and fiber," said Wolff at Brymesser Farms in Cumberland County. "As our farmers head to the fields...

2007-03-09 18:00:23

ARDEN HILLS, Minn., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Land O'Lakes Board of Directors completed its election of officers during the national food and agricultural cooperative's annual meeting held Feb. 21-22 in Minneapolis. Pete Kappelman, a dairy producer from Two Rivers, Wis., was re-elected as chairman of the board for 2007. Kappelman and his brother own Meadow Brook Farms, a 420-Holstein and 1,200-acre operation in Manitowoc County, Wis. Kappelman joined the Land O'Lakes Board of Directors...

2006-07-07 21:44:34

By Jonathan Cohen NEW YORK (Billboard) - The 19th annual Farm Aid benefit will be held September 30 at the Tweeter Center in Camden, N.J., just across the Delaware River from downtown Philadelphia. Farm Aid co-founders Neil Young, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp will perform, as will Dave Matthews. Tickets go on sale July 14 to members of the FarmYard club and July 22 to the general public. Young announced the details Thursday during a press conference at Philadelphia's Reading...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.