Beginning Farmer & Rancher News

Farmers Lead on Climate Resiliency

Jerry Peckumn farms in Jefferson, Iowa. To prevent soil erosion, Jerry plants perennials on his steepest land and maintains buffer strips. At a climate forum in Grinnell, he emphasized the importance of finding good ways to incorporate more perennials.

Though he uses numerous conservation practices, he is always looking for ways to improve the resiliency of his land. For many farmers, taking steps to build resilience in the face of a changing climate comes naturally.

Missouri Veterans Learn (and Teach) about Farming

More than 50 military veterans recently attended educational sessions on resources that can help them start farming. Workshops in central Missouri near Fort Leonard Wood and at the Lincoln University campus brought those in the know together with active duty veterans and military retirees. They shared information on farm loans, assistance with disabilities, and markets for alternative crops.

Helping to Overcome Barriers to Latino Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Despite the booming increase of Hispanics and Latinos in Nebraska, a strange phenomenon occurred between 2002 and 2007. A significant number of farmers and ranchers with Hispanic and Latino origins fled the agricultural sector.

We asked ourselves: Why has Nebraska been unable to integrate this new generation of Hispanics and Latinos into the agricultural sector as stakeholders? After all, they had been migrating to and settling in the state since the 1980’s.

Sustainable Farming Ideas and Resources Offered for Veterans

Missouri's Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and the Center for Rural Affairs will host an informational session for Veterans at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Veterans and their families are encouraged to attend on Saturday, August 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The session, Sustainable Farming Ideas and Resources for Veterans, runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014. (Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.) It will be held at the Lorenzo J. Green Building on 900 Leslie Boulevard in Jefferson City.

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