New York: State Assemblyman Tony Jordan, R-Jackson, was preparing to introduce legislation allowing maple syrup producers to tap trees on state-owned land, with revenue from the leases going to fund agricultural conservation easement programs.
Mark and Susan Ramaeker own and operate Ramaeker Organic Farm near Columbus, Nebraska. They employ a crop rotation including wheat, popcorn and soybeans integrated with plantings of alfalfa to increase fertility and control weed problems.
Beginning farmers and ranchers face significant challenges, including access to land and capital (thanks to rapidly increasing land values and cash rents). They also face barriers in accessing federal programs designed to assist them with getting started.