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Finding the Future of Agriculture

Originally posted to http://blogs.usda.gov/2013/08/26/finding-the-future-of-agriculture by Ed Avalos, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, on August 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM
During the North American Indian Days Celebration in Montana, Under Secretary Ed Avalos (foreground), witnessed the pride and commitment of youth as they celebrated their cultural and agricultural roots.During the North American Indian Days Celebration in Montana, Under Secretary Ed Avalos (foreground), witnessed the pride and commitment of youth as they celebrated their cultural and agricultural roots.

Agricultural producers in rural America represent less than 1% of the U.S. population, yet they produce almost 75% of the food we eat in this country and much of the food eaten throughout the world. Among that 1%, the average age of the American farmer is 57 years old—making it imperative for us to engage and encourage young people to pursue agricultural careers.

Earlier this summer, while visiting Browning, Montana, I had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Billie Jo Kipp, President of the Blackfeet Community College (BCC) and Mr. Terry Tatsey, Director of Agricultural Programs at the college.  Their efforts and commitment to educate local students and keep young people in agriculture is inspiring.

At BCC, programs like the Native Science Field Center use outdoor classrooms to give students hands-on experience in cataloging native plants and their relationships to nearby water sources.  The experience, supported through the Blackfeet Community College Extension, is a marriage of cultural and agricultural studies. It passes knowledge between generations and encourages young people to pursue a future in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers as well as agricultural fields.

The trip also gave me a chance to participate in the North American Indian Days Celebration. Here I met with tribal members, attended a 4-H livestock sale, participated in the rodeo and witnessed the pride and commitment of the young people as they showcased both their cultural and agricultural traditions.  At USDA, we are committed to providing American Indians and Alaska Natives equal access to all of our programs.  Our Office of Tribal Relations works with Indian Country, providing support across all USDA programs for tribal consultation, sacred site efforts, cross-agency federal programs and the recently created White House Council on Native American Affairs.

On my recent visit to Wisconsin, I had the honor to attend the opening day festivities at the Wisconsin State Fair.  Originating in the early mid-1800s, state fairs are a celebration of foods and the rural communities that produce them.  They are a showcase of rural America—shining a spotlight on farmers, ranchers, dairy producers, agribusiness and the communities that surround them.

Having been in agriculture in one form or another all of my life, going to the state fair is still exciting and fair season is one of my favorite times of the year. Along with attending a dairy show, touring the agriculture pavilion—not to mention stopping to enjoy some potato pancakes, sweet corn and a traditional crème-puff—I was able to attend the Wisconsin fair’s lamb show.  This gave me an opportunity to visit with some of the state’s young producers who were striving to win their class and make the sale.

These young people represent the future of agriculture, and are just one example of the up-and-coming farmers and ranchers who will feed our nation in the years ahead. Through programs like USDA’s Start2Farm initiative, funded through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA),  and opportunities like the Specialty Crop Block Grants (SCBG) and Farmers Market Promotion Program, managed by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), we are committed to creating opportunities in rural America.

By cultivating a passion for agriculture in students and supporting beginning farmers and ranchers, we will help build the future of agriculture and show that we do not take for granted the work they do to feed us all. We are dedicated to keeping families on the farm and creating opportunities for future generations.

When visiting the Wisconsin State Fair, Under Secretary Avalos (third person, back row) attended a lamb show and had the opportunity to meet with some of the farmers and ranchers who will feed our nation in the years ahead.When visiting the Wisconsin State Fair, Under Secretary Avalos (third person, back row) attended a lamb show and had the opportunity to meet with some of the farmers and ranchers who will feed our nation in the years ahead.

– See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2013/08/26/finding-the-future-of-agriculture/#sthash.VUjt3tEf.dpuf

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Last Call: Beginning Farmer Training

Read about CASA’s upcoming beginning farmer training on 28 August.

http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/668864/5fc95b64b6/285306643/e8c9e585b1

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A Vegetable Production, Marketing & Water Quality Progam September 10, 2013 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Virginia Cooperative Extension and Page County

Grown Invites you to:

A Vegetable Production, Marketing & Water Quality Progam

September 10, 2013 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Public House Produce: 357 Liberty Bell Lane, Luray, Virginia

Directions: 211 to Cottage Dr go 1 mile and make a right on Liberty Bell Ln, first house on the left

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Allen Straw: Horticulturalist & Extension Specialist, VA Tech

9:00 a.m. – David Sours: Public House Produce offers over 80 varieties of fresh produce, free range brown eggs.

11:45 a.m. – Linda Campbell: Khimaira Farm offers Dairy and meat goat breeding stock; goat meat; tomatoes, peppers and other seasonal produce; eggs; chickens

Page County Grown Lunch

1:00 p.m. – Jeff Jennings: Long Acres Produce offers sweet corn, melons, peppers and tomatoes.

No pre-registration or fee

For more information contact:

Kenner Love Email: klove@vt.edu  540/675-3691or

 Tim Ohlwiler Email: tohlwile@vt.edu  540/341-7950

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VSU Agriculture Research Station Showcases Latest Research at Field Day Thursday August 29, 2013

VSU Agriculture Research Station Showcases Latest Research at Field Day

Thursday August 29, 2013

9:00AM to 11:45AM

VSU Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road, Petersburg, VA 23806

Online Registration Only: http://coopext.wufoo.com/forms/august-2013-field-day/

THIS IS A FREE EVENT & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Come learn about ongoing research at Virginia State University Randolph Farm located in Petersburg, VA. Research and Extension presentations will raise small farm producer awareness about small farm production and marketing.

STOP 1

Everything from Niche to Pollination

Drs. Reza Rafie, Steven Pao, and Mark Kraemer will discuss niche specialty crops, food safety, pollination and natural enemies. Clif Slade of VSU Small Farm Outreach Program describes the 43,560 per acre project

STOP 2

Chickpea Production and Marketing

Drs. Harbans Bhardwaj, and Yixiang Xu share information about chickpea production and processing. William Crutchfield, Cliff Somerville of VSU Small Farm Outreach Program discuss local farm participation in a collaboration with the Sabra Dipping Company

 STOP 3

Meat Goats, Nutrition, Feeding and Parasite Control

Drs. Adnan Yousuf, Michelle Corley and Vitalis Temu will highlight Small Ruminant Research, Forage Ecology and Management. Dr. Stephan Wildeus presents current research on hair sheep reproduction.

 STOP 4

Can “Weeds” and “Forages” make Big Bucks?

Drs. Laban Rutto and Maru Kering share information regarding crops viewed as “weeds” or “livestock feed” being considered for functional food market. Theresa Nartea, Extension marketing specialist and invited Virginia local food industry leaders discuss how small farmers can capitalize on functional food markets in Virginia.

 THIS IS A FREE EVENT & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

For questions contact:

Mollie Klein, mklein@vsu.edu or 804-524-5960

 

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Farm Equipment Sale: Western Loudoun County – VA.

Trinity Church Farm is closing.  The following list identifies the items that the owners are selling and their price.  All inventory is in Western Loudoun County, VA or Jefferson County, WV

 For more information contact Shyla or Steve Kennedy at 703-470-3739, or email either at TrinityChurchFarm@gmail.com

  • 40 metal hoops  6’x3’  $2 per hoop

  • Hoop bender from Johnny seeds.  $50

  • Small wire hoops  qty 70 for $25 or $1/each

  • 37 wooden tomato stakes  1×1  $22 for all

  • Chemilizer –  brand new, still in the box. W/1 to 100 ratio   $200

  • Bypass for above Chemilizer $50

  • Black ground fabric (typically used in greenhouses and landscapers hoop houses) cover  6′ x approx 300ft.  $80

  • Sod staples for above metal. 6″ x 1″ approx 950   $30

  • 8 mil  approx 7000″ 50 GPS drip tape  $125

  • Grn / Blk  oval hose to drip tape adapters approx 50.  $70. They were 1.55 apiece

  • Solartrol fence energizer  6 volt  model 200  -2  two years old  $150

  • Blk and Wht  electric rope fence. Approx. 1000ft (very conservative estimate – should be closer to 1300ft) $50.

  • 4 Slinky gates for electric rope fence.  $12 ea.

  • 6′ metal T posts  used.  $10 for each  have approx 50-60.

  • Plastic clips for t-post. Approx half of a 5gal bucket full.  $15

  • White poly/fiber rods for rope fencing.  .   Approx  30 to 40 rods  $2 per rod Wire clips already attached to most of the rods to complete a 5 row fence with ropes 2’ apart.

  • 5 light fence tester brand new In box   $8

  • Electric fence warning signs  $3 for all  4

  • 375 T post metal clips.   $25 for all

  • Yellow produce berry bins. Approx 23″ x 16″ x 7″.    $8 a piece.

  • 1pint green pulp berry boxes.  $12 for remaining box containing approx 210 containers

  • Black plastic sand bags brand new in box.  12×24 one complete case of 250 another of approx 175.  $50 for entire inventory across both boxes or $40 for new box and $25 for half box

  • 2gal pump sprayer fairly new $20

  • 3” plastic pots  brand new in box   550 pots.  $50 for all

  • Earth way  seeder. With bonus seed molds  $85

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Cattle producers’ information day: crossbreeding cattle

Virginia Beginning Farmers & Ranchers

Campbell VCE, Knoll Crest Farm,  and The Virginia Hereford Association would like to invite cattle producers to an information filled day focusing on crossbreeding cattle.  We will finish  up with a pasture tour with Dr. Chris Teutsch.

17659 Red House Rd.

Red House, VA 23963

August 24th, 2013

9 a.m. Registration

 We will also host a 4-H Livestock Judging Event.  If you have a team interested please contact Charlie Williams 540-460-6194

 Paul Bennett, MC

Knoll Crest Farm

Tommy Coley

Eastern Region Manager, AHA

Taylor Clark

Extension Agent, Mecklenburg County

Jack Ward

Chief Operating Officer and Director of Breed Improvement, AHA

Warren Weibert

Owner, Decatur County Feed Yard

Plan to join us for a fun filled informative day!  With cattle judging contests, speakers, exhibits and pasture tours you’ll be sure to find something of interest and some valuable information that can enhance your cattle operation!

Barbeque Beef Lunch will be provided

 

Hope to see you there!!

GPS Directions

14998 Red House Rd.

Red House, VA

Virginia Hereford Association

10420 Rumsey Lane, Dayton, VA  22821

540-848-4834

secretary@virginiaherefords.org

 Schedule

9:00-10:00 a.m.   Registration

10:00-11:30 a.m. Cattle judging contest opens.

Panel Discussion featuring-

Paul Bennett, MC

          Knoll Crest Farm

Tommy Coley

Eastern Region Manager, AHA

Taylor Clark

Extension Agent, Mecklenburg County

Jack Ward

Chief Operating Officer and Director of Breed Improvement, AHA

Warren Weibert

Owner, Decatur County Feed Yard

 11:30 a.m.   1:00 p.m.

Lunch

Cattle and Table Exhibits

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 

Craig Huffines

Executive Vice President – AHA

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Door Prize drawings.

Break Out Sessions- VHA, Bull Development, Junior Program

Pasture Tour : Chris Teutsch

Extension Specialist, Forage/Livestock

 Registration

Please Pre-register by mail, phone or email.

 Name:___________________________

 Address:_________________________

 City:____________________________

 Zip: _____________

 Email: __________________________

 Phone:__________________________

 Number Attending: __________

 Mail Form to:

VCE Campbell County

C/O Todd Scott

P.O. Box 67

Rustburg, VA  24588

 Email:  todds08@vt.edu

Call:  434-332-9538

 Youth Judging Team Coaches contact: Todd Scott or Charlie Williams:  540-460-6194

 

 

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Beginning Farmer Field Day at Virginia Tech’s Kentland Farm

SAVE THE DATE:

Friday, August 23rd

2pm-7pm with Dinner Served

Discussion Topics will Include:

  • Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program
  • Virginia Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services Marketing
  • Bee Keeping
  • RAM Pump Demo
  • GPS Apps
  •  Cost = $10.00 per person (includes Dinner)

Full Registration Coming Soon

More Info: Kelli H. Scott 540-382-5790 or kescott1@vt.edu

Here is a Facebook link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/150479631813367/

 

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Demand For Meat Goat Grows in Minnesota – What About Virginia?

Alright, Minnesota isn’t Virginia (Goat meat industry growing exponentially in MN by Scott Seroka), no argument there but the increasing demand for chevon/cabrito in the Land of 10,000 Lakes is similar to the increase in demand for chevon/cabrito in the Commonwealth State.  From my perspective an increase in the demand for meat means a possible increase in farm profits.  Perhaps you agree – perhaps you don’t.  Thoughts?

Jim

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TIL: The World Eats 70% More Goat Meat Than Bacon, Needs New Priorities

Goats again folks.  Okay – you can use the same statistical number to support contradicting arguments but the bottom line here is chevon/cabrito is a food to consider.  Thoughts?

Original Post July 9, 2013 // 7:00 am // By:  http://foodbeast.com/content/2013/07/09/til-the-world-is-eating-more-goat-than-beef/#.UefZvdgphJE

We’ve always put bacon at the top of our meat hierarchy (because 100% bacon burgers, duh) and up until now we thought the rest of the world agreed with us. No other meat could really compete with the versatility, the taste, the sheer perfection of a good hunk of fried pork . . . right? Wrong. Apparently, the globe has decided to flip the bird at bacon and make way for a new champion. A bearded champion that really, really likes head butting you in the kidneys and eating your old t-shirts. Yeah, we’re talking goats.

Turns out that goats are taking over the global meat market. This sounds pretty bizarre to those of us who are used to seeing a beef or bacon-based dish on every menu, but goats are a lot more popular in parts of the world where eating beef is a giant no-no. Goat meat is kosher and halal, meaning it fits the dietary restrictions of two major religions and is a heavyweight player in the international meat game. In fact, goat meat makes up 70% of red meat eaten worldwide. Add that to the fact that goat cheese is experiencing a rise in popularity (seriously, this stuff is on everything from pizza to cupcakes) and you’ll start to get a clearer picture of the billy-bearded domination happening.

It’s cool, though. We’re always down to embrace some solid burger diversity, and we don’t think bacon is in danger of disappearing any time soon. Until that day comes, long live the goat burger!

 

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Agribusiness Trumps Local Food’s Green

Yowza!   For those who like an article that is sure to create heated discussion – I’ve found a few moments of enjoyment for you.  “An Environmentalist on the Lie of Locavorism.” by Will Boisvert is a good one.  Read it at http://observer.com/2013/04/the-lie-of-locavorism/?show=all

I have to smile thinking about the back and forth dialogue this one will start.

 

 

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