Author Archives: Suzy Hodgson

About Suzy Hodgson

Suzy works on and writes about issues at the intersections of risk, climate, economics, food, waste, and energy. She is based at UVM Extension's Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Bed formers and Raised Beds – One size doesn’t fit all

Vermont springs and summers are as variable as ever. While rainy spells make raised beds a preferred option,, the growing season is just as likely to have prolonged dry hot periods where irrigation is necessary to keep plants from experiencing … Continue reading

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Why Consider Crop Insurance?

Jake Jacobs, University of Vermont Risk Management Education The immediate answer to the question – why consider crop insurance –  is simple: agricultural production is risky business. If weather were more predictable, agricultural producers would have no problem planning for … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Mgmt, Goals, Insurance, Resources for Beginning Farmers, risk management

Second Career Farmers Reveal Secrets

On average, people change careers three times in their lifetimes, and that’s not counting about ten different jobs across those careers. Whether through choice or circumstance, people are on the move to different employment opportunities, and it’s not surprising to find … Continue reading

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Safety Net Widens for the Whole Farm

Jake Jacobs, University of Vermont Risk Management Education Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) allows producers, who previously had limited access to a risk management safety net, to now insure all of their farm’s commodities at one time. This coverage protects crop … Continue reading

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Working your Way on Farms

Considering farming as a career? If you’re like a great number of aspiring farmers, you’re on the look-out for ways to build hands-on skills and knowledge about running a farm enterprise. On-the-job learning — working on a farm, especially one … Continue reading

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