How Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law Affects You

On July 1, 2016, a law will go into effect in Vermont that promises to impact Americans in all 50 states.  It is Act 120, a labeling law requiring food manufacturers to disclose the presence or possible presence of GMOs in their products. Obviously, big food companies can’t easily tailor their food labels to theContinue reading “How Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law Affects You”

Kansas Department of Agriculture Licensing Guides

Agripreneurs have to be careful to keep up with the legal aspects of their businesses.  Fortunately, the Kansas Department of Agriculture has put together a series of licensing guides to help innovative business owners see at a glance what permits and licenses will be necessary. The PDF downloads cover many types of businesses: Agritourism. Aquaculture.Continue reading “Kansas Department of Agriculture Licensing Guides”

The Seal of Kansas

When Kansas was accepted into the Union, the state constitution declared that a seal would be necessary. Governor Charles Robinson brought this requirement to public attention on March 30, 1861. Committees in both the State House and the State Senate were appointed to draw up a design. But for several months, nothing could be decided.Continue reading “The Seal of Kansas”

Salad Bar Beef

A book by Joel Salatin is guaranteed to inspire brainstorming, and Salad Bar Beef is no exception. Salatin repeatedly points out the fact that humans tend to overcomplicate things, and the current state of the beef industry is proof—ruminants designed to eat grass are fed costly grains in a confinement system. So what does he proposeContinue reading “Salad Bar Beef”

Pastured Poultry Profits

Poultry is a fairly easy enterprise to start with, and it doesn’t require a great deal of space, either.  If you are considering raising broilers, either for sale or for home consumption, you may also want to consider reading Pastured Poultry Profits by Joel Salatin. A wealth of information on a wide range of topicsContinue reading “Pastured Poultry Profits”

Starting & Running Your Own Small Farm Business

That first year of entrepreneurship can be rather daunting, no matter what your business is.  Fortunately, Sarah Beth Aubrey walks you through the process in ten steps. The ten steps outlined in Aubrey’s book, Starting & Running Your Own Small Farm Business, are: Build a plan. Test the waters. Get the money. Choose your businessContinue reading “Starting & Running Your Own Small Farm Business”