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Getting Serious About Selling at Farmers Markets

So you planted too many tomato and zucchini plants (again), the hens in the backyard are laying eggs faster than you can make omelets, and your neighbors are clamoring for your fresh, homemade bread with strawberry preserves. So you've got great products and a little demand for them, maybe you should take advantage of the interest in local foods and start selling at a farmers market! There are...

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Seasoned Growers Succeed with Community Supported Agriculture

Happy CSA Day ! If you haven't heard of Community-Supported Agriculture, or CSA, it is basically a subscription-style marketing format commonly used by fresh market vegetable growers where customer-members pay upfront for a weekly "share" of produce from the farm during the growing season. It is a unique opportunity for small farmers and...

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Securing the Future of Your Farm

Illinois farmers are getting older. I guess everybody else is, too, but what I mean is that the average age of Illinois farmers increased to 57.8 years according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture . As a matter of fact, "70 years and over" was the 2 nd most...

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Pilot crop insurance program for specialty crops and diversified farms

You probably already know that most conventional farmers purchase crop insurance to manage the risk that they face in planting and growing a crop each year...especially things like drought, flood, hail, and devastating pests or pathogens.  They have many policies and products to choose fr...

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