Farm and Food News

Bigger Isn't Better

By Steph Larsen

Everybody these days seems to love the idea of family farmers and ranchers, and most consumers would argue that livestock producers deserve a fair price for what they sell.

Big livestock producers shouldn't get paid more just for being big.

Land Matching Programs Grow

A decade ago there were 20. Today there are 33. As the average age of US farmers has risen (now 57.1) and the number of farmers under age 35 has plummeted (only 5%), new land matching programs have sprung up to reverse the trends.

Take Advantage of Extended Deadline for CSP

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently extended the application deadline for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) until January 7, 2011. This is a welcome extension for farmers and ranchers who hope to apply for the CSP for next year but needed additional time to complete applications, especially coming off the busy harvest season.

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