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2008-09-19 21:00:17

By Sam Wood THE ENVIRONMENTAL performance of dairy farming is showing improvement, according to a two-year report on progress and achievements of the dairy industry under the Environmental Plan for Dairy Farming published this week. The plan, which was launched in 2006, brings together representatives of government agencies and the dairy industry to provide a focus for industry efforts to improve the environmental performance of dairy farming, without compromising its economic viability....

2008-09-17 16:51:15

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- It's the time of year when no one can resist the lure of a fragrant apple orchard, a pumpkin-filled farm stand or a lively winery. Now there's a web site that helps travelers connect with these types of exciting rural experiences across the United States. The new site, http://www.ruralbounty.com/, promises to guide its users to "Fresh Farm Fun." As the nation's leading directory of agritourism farms, ranches and wineries, the site offers information on...

2008-09-16 21:00:17

By Chris Kick It is difficult to grab a newspaper or magazine today -- and totally impossible to listen to a TV reporter -- without seeing some doom and gloom article concerning the economy. I have had the distinct pleasure to personally witness the complete opposite during the last couple of weeks. In the rural areas of my three counties -- Ashland, Medina and Wayne -- entrepreneurial optimism abounds. Farm families are expanding their operations in order to accommodate younger family...

2008-09-11 00:00:16

By LAURA DALE Dartmoor farmers have been refused planning permission to build an agricultural worker's home for their son for the second time. Teignbridge councillors voted to refuse planning permission for an agricultural dwelling house on land at Little Bovey Farm just minutes after granting permission for an agricultural worker's home at a Denbury farm. The Vooght family, from Bovey Tracey, expanded their livestock business to incorporate dairy farming and need more accommodation on...

2008-09-02 15:00:14

LOBBYING with politicians is one of the tasks faced by the new team at Federated Farmers of New Zealand - even more important this year with a looming election. The new president is Southland sheep farmer Don Nicolson. He took over the leadership after five years on the board, following the retirement of Charlie Pedersen at the annual meeting in June. Mr Nicolson has a 212-hectare sheep farm (2000 stock units) near Invercargill. He is also chairman of the Local Government Forum (since...

2008-09-02 03:00:18

By Barbieri, Carla Mahoney, Edward; Butler, Larry ABSTRACT Pressure to adopt enhanced production technologies, changing government support policies, increasing and more diverse competition, and changing markets have posed economic challenges to North American farmers over the past two decades. As a response, farmers are adjusting their production model by incorporating agricultural related enterprises. Although there is evidence that farm diversification is occurring throughout North...

2008-09-01 03:00:12

By Wolf, Susan REGION As oil prices seem to hit new records just about every day, the increases affect the way everyone does business, including farms. But careful planning can help to keep profits reasonable, said local farmers. "It's just been unbelievable," said Andrew Flinchbaugh, co-owner of Flinchbaugh's Orchard and Farm Market in Hellam Township, York County. "Historically, we haven't seen this amount of increase before." Fertilizer prices have tripled, and the company's line of...

2008-08-28 03:00:37

By S A second Volunteer Farm to feed the hungry in Virginia is being established near Woodstock in the northern Shenandoah Valley. The original Volunteer Farm in Woodstock has used thousands of volunteers in the past five years to raise fresh vegetables for Virginia's poor. The newest farm will raise cattle to provide meat, said Bob Blair, the founder of the farms. He is also chairman and CEO of the nonprofit World Foundation for Children which oversees the farms. "It is time to grow,"...

2008-08-28 00:00:23

Humberts has sold two farms in Somerset - Southwick Farm at Mark, and Barton Farm, located close to Cannington. Southwick Farm is a holding of about 156 acres. The ring-fenced farm, which is all laid to pasture, is situated in open countryside two miles from the village of Mark and 10 miles from Glastonbury. Serious interest was shown from both the local and national market. Offered for sale at a guide price of pounds1.75 million, as a whole or in two lots, the farm was quickly sold in...

2008-08-19 18:00:25

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Nicole L. C. Bucher of Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, +1-717-787-5085 Century, Bicentennial Farms Honored at Penn States Ag Progress Days HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two families who have been farming for more than 100 years and 200 years, respectively, were recognized today by Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff. The century and bicentennial farms were honored at Penn States Ag Progress Days in Centre County, the states...


Latest Farms Reference Libraries

Hill farming
2013-09-20 13:07:03

Hill farming involves using is a particular piece of land for grazing sheep and cattle. This form of farming is used particularly by the farmers of the UK in the higher elevations. Farmers generally do not have access to winter fodder for their cattle, therefore, sheep farms are typical for such areas. Due to this restricted access, farmers move the herds to lower elevations for feeding. These specific farms are found in the North and South-Western areas of England, as well as the...

Hill Farming
2013-08-05 10:40:24

Hill farming is a particular piece of land for grazing sheep and cattle. This form of farming is used particularly by the farmers of the UK in the higher elevations. Farmers do not have access to winter fodder for the cattle; therefore, sheep farms are typical for such areas. Due to this restricted access, farmers move the herds to lower elevations for feeding. These specific farms are found in the North and South-Western areas of England, as well as the highlands of Scotland. The harsh...

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