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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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Time is ripe to purchase crop insurance

Jake Jacobs, University of Vermont RMA Risk Management Education DEADLINE IS NEAR! The application deadline to purchase crop insurance for spring-planted crops is March 15. In Vermont, this includes corn, forage seeding, sweet corn, soybeans, spring barley and spring wheat. … Continue reading

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Thinking about a new farm business? Is an incubator program for you?

As the average age of farmers nudges 60 years, it’s clear that we need new and younger farmers. Incubator programs have sprouted up to meet this need, typically offering  training and support on a dedicated site, with mentor farmers available … Continue reading

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Risk Management for Beginning Farmers

Jake Jacobs, University of Vermont RMA Risk Management Education USDA has established certain crop insurance benefits designed to help beginning farmers and ranchers start their operations. These benefits include: Exemption from paying the administrative fee for catastrophic and additional coverage … Continue reading

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