Category Archives: Resources for Beginning Farmers

Does Crop Insurance pay in Vermont?

The severe dust storms that occurred during “The Dust Bowl” in the 1930’s caused catastrophic damage to the American and Canadian plains ecology. In response to the devastating agricultural losses due to those drought conditions, Congress established the first Federal … Continue reading

Posted in Insurance, Resources for Beginning Farmers, Risk management

What Are USDA Risk Management Programs? 

by Jake Jacobs, UVM Crop Insurance Education Coordinator Farming is risky business. No matter how well your farm is managed, or the steps you take to reduce the risks in your operation, unexpected events can cause losses that may severely … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Mgmt, Insurance, Resources for Beginning Farmers, Risk management

Spotlight on Golden Well: A Farm offering much more than vegetables

Early season rains are one of the pragmatic reasons why Nicole and Ryan have been looking differently at their farm, which they purchased in 2015.  For two years running, their farm, Golden Well, suffered a loss. In 2016, the bridge … Continue reading

Posted in Farmer Profiles, Financial Mgmt, Goals, Land access, Marketing, Quality of Life, Resources for Beginning Farmers, Scaling up

Growing a business: Part 2 of Spotlight on Good Heart Farmstead

By Suzy Hodgson, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture With five years of farming behind her, Kate Spring, Good Heart Farmstead, has the experience to respond to feedback from CSA members and to balance her job with her farmer partner … Continue reading

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Getting Your Farm Going – USDA Website is Here to Help

By Jake Jacobs, UVM Crop Insurance Education Coordinator If you are looking to get a start in an agricultural enterprise, bring on your ideas and enthusiasm! USDA’s new farmer website is dedicated to programs and resources just for new farmers … Continue reading

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