Contracting in Agriculture–new resource from USDA

eating 2If you are a farmer considering entering in an agricultural production contract, check out the new guide: Contracting in Agriculture: Making the Right Decision, Information for Farmers from USDA.
http://sustainableagriculture.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2016-Drake-FSA-NSAC-Production-Contracts-Guide.pdf

The Drake University Agricultural Law Center has assisted the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition in updating this resource.  It is now available on the Farm Service Agency and National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition websites.The full brochure can be found at the bottom of the New Publications section on the NSAC website. http://sustainableagriculture.net/publications/

This guide is designed to help you understand production contracts – and to help identify the questions you should consider as you decide whether contracting is right for you. At the end of this guide you will find a list of other sources of information about contracting, including the USDA website, which may help you decide whether contracting makes sense for you and your business.

Survey for Farmers on “Intermediated Markets”

Image courtesy of AgBiz Assist

Image courtesy of AgBiz Assist

A new study, funded by USDA, and led by Syracuse University, New York University, the Pennsylvania State University, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) seeks to examine local and regional agricultural production and intermediated markets.

The study will examine the opportunities and risks of four main marketing opportunities for farmers—direct-to-consumer, direct-to-institution, direct-to-retail, and selling to intermediaries (such as distributors or food hubs), who in turn sell the products as local food. We are interested in all farmers’ perceptions of these markets, whether currently selling to these markets or not.

The survey has several intended benefits for farmers, including the identification of technical assistance and information needs to help scale up farms for marketing to intermediaries. A national outreach and technical assistance program, conducted by NCAT’s ATTRA Program (National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service) will be developed based on the results of this research.

The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. It includes questions to gather basic information about your farm, production, and marketing practices, and your technical assistance and training needs.

Here is the link to the survey: https://nyu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_81Z2uih9NPHcnTD

This survey is voluntary, but your input is critical. Your participation in this research is confidential; your responses will not be linked to your contact information in any way.

We appreciate your time! Thank you.

*This project was supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant #2016-68006-24739 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.