Jeff Pope

Executive Director

Ways to Connect

Fall Arrives In The Region

6 hours ago
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Fall brings final harvests, end of irrigation, and preparation for the onset of winter.

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An August 14th Wall Street Journal article points out the environmental problems that occur when a large number of livestock are confined to a small area.  Too often, manure from confined animal operations end up polluting nearby rivers and streams, whether it occurs in New Zealand or the U.S.  While these operations produce milk and meat at lower cost than small-scale livestock farms and ranches, the costs to the environment are externalized. 

NAFTA Negotiations Worry Farmers

Sep 7, 2017
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Farmers and farm commodity organizations are concerned that NAFTA negotiations aren't considering  the importance that trade with Canada and Mexico has for the U.S. agricultural economy. 

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Young people who want to get into a farm or ranch operation today face many barriers, including the cost of land and equipment, finding operating capital, and often, lack of experience.  For several decades, young people have been discouraged from getting into farming and ranching careers by the common wisdom, "that if you can't inherit it or marry into it, you can't farm.  However, there is a trend that has started over the past few years that changing that old saw.  We are seeing both young, and sometime, not so young people finding ways to fulfill their dreams.

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