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Organic: What does the label mean?

Decoding food labels: part 1Food labeling in the United States can be difficult to understand. The USDA organic seal is regulated and can only be used on products that meet specific criteria.   Under the organic label umbrella, there are actually four different...

Right to Repair

New Farmer Challenges Series: part 1The percentage of farmers in the United States has dropped to three. Three percent of the population farm, and that number is decreasing. One of the biggest challenges new farmers face is cost.   New equipment costs hundreds of...

The Hay Market

How our farm produces HayHay production in Idaho begins in the fall, when seed is planted and watered before winter forces dormancy. The spring heat and rain bring the plants out of dormancy and creates the perfect conditions for high-protein dairy-quality hay.When...

The benefit of small farms

American Agriculture Market ControlProfit margins on a farm don’t increase or decrease drastically based on number of acres farmed. Farmers rely on scaling to become profitable. Growing hay in southern Idaho requires just under 500 acers to be profitable.  Big dairies...

Food Preservation Methods

How you can eliminate food waste at home.In my last post, I talked about food waste, and how the United States doesn’t have a problem with food supply, but has a problem with food waste. One of the best ways to combat food waste is with food preservation. Here are a...

Employees

Agriculture depends on it's employees, but farmers struggle to legally fill job openings. United States Agriculture is heavily dependent on migrant workers. Some cross the border and stay for the summer, returning to their country of residence in the off season....

Water in the Pacific North West

How the PNW is tackling climate change and it's effects on salmon and orca populations.Water from the snake river is diverted by 27 dams and delivered to farms through canals. A report titled “Rebuilding Interior Columbia Basin Salmon and Steelhead” details of a...

The Food Cycle

The Food Cyclecacan Those who find themselves driving through southern Idaho will notice that there are few people and many cows. Cows on feedlots, ranges, and dairies are visible from the freeway. What do cows eat? On the range, it’s obvious: grasses and other...

Welcome to the farm!

500 acres. That's what we have. That land supports our family. It also supplies a goat dairy with feed each year. Without our farm, and farms like ours, there would be significantly less food available in the United States, but this is changing quickly. 500 acres...