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.

Staying Competitive in Maturing Local Food Markets

“As local food markets mature and competition increases, it’s becoming harder for experienced farmers to maintain market share and new farmers to break in”, says Rose Wilson, business development expert.  In a maturing market, while overall direct sales of Vermont farms are increasing, the rate of growth is decreasing. Continue reading

Posted in Facts & Figures, Financial Mgmt, Marketing, Resources for Beginning Farmers, risk management

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

Posted in Farm Equipment, production information, Resources for Beginning Farmers, Scaling up

Why Consider Crop Insurance?

Jake Jacobs, UVM Agricultural Risk Management Education Coordinator 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, UVM Agricultural Risk Management Education Coordinator 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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