In March we wrote about the new resource from USDA Contracting in Agriculture: Making the Right Decision, Information for Farmers from USDA.
As a follow up to the guide, the Drake University Agricultural Law Center and National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition are co-hosting a webinar on contract agreements. The webinar is open to everyone, and advanced registration is recommended, but not required.
Here are the webinar details:
When: Wednesday, May 31, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST
Who: Anyone that is interested in contract agriculture
What: Today, a significant portion of livestock, poultry and other crops are being raised under production contracts. But production contracts can be complicated & confusing. How will a contract affect the future of your farm?
This webinar will help farmers, advocates, and law students understand production and marketing contracts for contract growing: the benefits, the risks, and the legal considerations.
Neil Hamilton of Drake Law School will be the presenter.
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How: Webinar Registration
NOFA-NY has announced their 2nd Annual Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference will take place on Friday, March 1st in Auburn, NY. The conference will consist of business, dairy, and field crop workshop tracks, including a half-day intensive workshop on the “Transition to Organic Dairy Management.” A pre-conference field day on February 28th at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, will focus on “Cereal Grains Seed Production and NYS Certified Foundation Seed Program.”
Register by February 15th for a $5 discount. Visit www.nofany.org/dairyconference for more information about the conference, including specific workshops and speakers.
The application period is open for the Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) Fund-a-Farmer Project: a micro-grants initiative that assists farmers in improving animal welfare. The Fund-a-Farmer Project grants up to $1,500 for projects that (1) help farms transition to pasture-based systems, (2) improve the marketing of their humane products, or (3) more generally enrich the conditions in which farm animals are raised. Last year, FACT awarded $13,000 to nine farms across the country.
Working, independent family farmers who raise pigs, broiler chickens, laying hens, dairy cows and/or beef cattle are eligible to apply for any of the grants. Projects involving goats and sheep are only eligible for marketing grants. Apply online at www.fundafarmer.org. Applications are due by May 1, 2013, and grants will be awarded in August 2013.
Cooperative Extension faculty and educators from northern New England are offering a workshop on January 17, 2013 in South Deerfield, MA, for dairy and livestock operations. Interactive presentations and discussions will give producers strategies for maximizing the impact of every dollar invested in their operations, including the following topics:
- Reducing shrink on your farm
- Alternative nutrient sources and nutrient management
- Beating high feed costs
- Maximizing forage quality
- High forage dairy diets
- Selecting profitable corn hybrids
- Modern vaccination program
- Other locally relevant topics
Register and find more information at: http://extension.umass.edu/cdle/events/cost-reducing-strategies-livestock-and-dairy-operations. Contact Mallory Ottariano with any questions: 413.545.5221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Farmers’ Legal Action Group has created a useful guide with tools for struggling dairy farmers. Click here to download the PDF.