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Figuring out Farmers Markets

  By Shelby Watson-Hampton Shelby and her husband farm alongside her aunt and uncle on their family farm and vineyard in Southern Maryland.   The morning sun shines down warm as you stroll amongst the tables and vendors, eyeing the fresh juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers…

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Are We a Corporation or a Family? That’s easy. Both!

By Diane Karr Diane is a sixth-generation farmer who raises row crops and beef cattle in Nebraska. She and her husband raise soybeans, corn and grain sorghum, which are mainly used for livestock feed, along with wheat and beef cattle. Families come in all shapes…

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97: The Percentage of U.S. Farms that Are Family-Owned

By Dana Dagman Dana, along with her husband and his parents, farm 2,500 acres of barley, corn, soybeans and wheat in Enderlin, North Dakota. “Corporate farms” and “factory farms” are labels many people give to farms using modern equipment and technology. Following that definition then,…

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A Guide to Beef Labeling Rules and Regulations

By  Kelsey Pope Navigating the confusing world of beef labels and packaging can be difficult, so I want to talk a little about how that world is regulated. My family and I manage 700 head of Red Angus cattle in eastern Colorado. In the United…

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3 Meat-Marketing Claims Explained

By Annie Carlson, third-generation farmer from Mercer, North Dakota Along with my husband and three children, I own and operate Morning Joy Farm, a pasture-based, local-market farm. We produce pastured eggs, chickens, turkeys, pork and grass fed lamb and market it directly to local customers…

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Dairy Diary – Family Farm vs. Factory Farm – Day 3

Since we have a technologically advanced farm, it might be easy for people to assume we are a factory farm. This couldn’t be further from the truth. We are a family farm.

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Top 5 Food Questions Consumers Ask Dieticians

Farmer, Wanda Patsche asked a number of dietitians what food questions they most commonly receive. Here are the top five they shared.

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Planting Season

What is planting season like for a family farm? Learn more about family farms and the work it takes to prepare for the rest of the growing season on a farm.

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How We Select Seeds for Our Farm

Are farmers forced to grow a certain brand of seed or are they able to make that decision on their own? Diane Karr, CommonGround volunteer, mom and farmer from Nebraska, discusses how farmers purchase and select the seeds for the crops they produce.

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Road to Successful Farming has Four Stops

What does it take in order to make a farm successful today? GMOs? Networking? Technology? Stewardship? Read this discussion from an Indiana farmer.