Pros and Cons of Selling Direct On the Farm

Rather than bringing fresh produce and meat to the customer, such as at a farmers’ market, some agripreneurs opt to have the customer come to the produce, perhaps picking it up at a stand or perhaps by participating in a CSA program. While there are definitely advantages to this style of marketing food, such as…… Continue reading Pros and Cons of Selling Direct On the Farm

The Agricultural Adjustment Act in the Great Plains: Part 2

Adjusting Livestock Production In an effort to reduce hog numbers, payments were also distributed to farmers who would destroy their piglets and pregnant sows. About 6 million piglets were slaughtered under the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA). A cattle-purchasing program was similarly implemented under the Drought Relief Service in areas where the Dust Bowl had hit the…… Continue reading The Agricultural Adjustment Act in the Great Plains: Part 2

New Rules Take Medicated Livestock Feeds Off the Shelf

The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) was developed to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock production. The purpose is to fend off antibiotic-resistant diseases in humans.  The Centers for Disease Control estimate that 2 million people in the United States suffer from antibiotic-resistant bacteria infections every year.  The concern is that extensive use of antibiotics…… Continue reading New Rules Take Medicated Livestock Feeds Off the Shelf