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  • 28 Jul 2020 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Farmers cultivate new business models as the pandemic forces them to adapt
    The Roanoke Times
    When the schools shuttered because of the coronavirus pandemic, Jerry Conner began to worry about the fate of his farm. Four Oaks Farms, a hydroponic operation in Wirtz, counted Franklin County Public Schools and Roanoke College among its customers. And the farmers markets where Conner also sells his lettuce and greens were scrambling to adapt. He estimated those two avenues make up about 80% of the farm’s sales.


  • 21 Jul 2020 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PSU to offer 'road map' for agri-tourism after study
    Morrisons Cove Herald
    A team of researchers led by a Penn State agricultural economist will receive $500,000 over three years to study agritourism in the United States and to develop research-based information and guidance for farmers looking to diversify their incomes through agritourism activities. The goal of the grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to develop and disseminate practical information that will allow rural communities and owners of small and medium-sized farms to benefit from the growing consumer interest in on-farm experiences, said Claudia Schmidt, assistant professor of marketing and local/regional food systems in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

  • 14 Jul 2020 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    COVID might provide agritourism with a bounce
    Brownfield AG News
    A Colorado State University economist says COVID-19 might not have a large, negative impact on agritourism. Stephan Weiler tells Brownfield more people have been taking road trips for vacation during the pandemic. "People are talking about taking road trips as opposed to flying and agritourism is largely car-based," he said.


  • 7 Jul 2020 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Agritourism farms get creative
    Lancaster Farming
    Agritourism farms sell their farm products, but their biggest-selling commodity is the farm experience itself. So, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, these farms had to decide how to market their experiences in different ways. As such, farmers across the country have gotten more creative than they ever thought they'd have to. Hugh McPherson, from Maple Lawn Farms in New Park, Pennsylvania, hosts the Maize Quest Corn Maze and Fun Park on his farm.


  • 30 Jun 2020 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Developing a waiver of liability for on-farm tours and other activities
    AG NET West
    Farmers are being encouraged to develop liability waivers for on-farm tours and other activities. Executive Director of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau, Tawny Tesconi recommends that growers meet with legal counsel to develop a waiver specific to their operation. Tesconi noted that as health officials begin allowing more on-farm tours, tastings, and other activities, growers would be best served by protecting themselves with a waiver.

  • 23 Jun 2020 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    7 Tips For Writing Job Posts That Attract Candidates
    NAFDMA
    During NAFDMA’s “Hiring Online” webinar that recently took place, we covered a lot of ground with regards to utilizing online job sites and social media effectively. This webinar recording is now available in NAFDMA’s Online Store, but you should also check out the following LinkedIn resource to get a better understanding of how to compose the job posts that attract the candidates you’re searching for. These 7 tips can help you develop a job description that will increase the chance of you landing the perfect candidate.

  • 16 Jun 2020 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Agritourism challenges: COVID-19 causes changes in businesses
    AgriNews
    As with most industries, COVID-19 has impacted agritourism businesses this year. The NAFDMA International Agritourism Association hosted an online roundtable to share stories and discuss solutions to challenges. Michelle Brown, co-owner of Brown Hill Farms in Pennsylvania, had no clear guidelines on how to proceed with her new 4-acre tulip patch this spring.

  • 9 Jun 2020 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    U-pick farms reopening with safety features
    Capital Press
    Customers flocked to Detering Orchards' U-pick strawberry patch Saturday for the season's opening. Sunday, dozens more people picked until plants were bare and the farm was forced to temporarily close its patch, said Detering Orchards' retail manager Cindy Dixon.
  • 2 Jun 2020 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Strawberry farm adjusts with drive-thru shopping
    Lancaster Farming
    Fifer Orchards held a drive-thru this week to keep customers connected to the family and farm that has been operating since 1919. Because of COVID-19, Fifer’s has been limiting sales to online ordering. Customers order produce online, pick a time slot and then show up to be ushered into a parking spot and handed a bag of goodies by friendly mask-wearing staff. They never have to leave their cars and there's no hand-to-hand contact. Spring is a busy time here, and the strawberries and asparagus are both in full swing and heavy demand right now. However, there are no pick-your-own strawberries this season.

  • 26 May 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CNY farm sells out drive-in movie event, plans more
    Syracuse.com
    Now that drive-in movie theaters are allowed to resume operating in New York state, a Central New York farm has been given the go-ahead to host its first ever pop-up drive-in movie event. And it's already sold out. Arlington Acres in LaFayette, New York, will show "The Goonies" on a big screen after sunset on Saturday, May 23.


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