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It all started with a produce table at the end of the driveway and payment by the honor system.  Now that was some 20 years ago when the Vanderwende family of Greenwood, DE had left over 4-H produce they could not eat.  Today, the Vanderwende’s still sell produce by the side of the road, but. Read More »

Kurt Fuchs, former Assistant Director of Government Relations for Maryland  Farm Bureau has been hired by MidAtlantic Farm Credit and will fill the role of  Government Affairs Officer. He succeeds Kenny Bounds who was promoted to  Regional Manager in March. Westminster, MD – September 18, 2012   Sandy Wieber, VP of Marketing at MidAtlantic Farm. Read More »

Need money to market your produce or for a farm-based renewable energy project? Check out this announcement from MARBIDCO, Maryland’s Ag and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation:   For Immediate Release Contact: Stephen McHenry, Executive Director, (410) 267-6807   Maryland Value Added Producer Matching Grants Now Available From MARBIDCO   ANNAPOLIS (September 6, 2012) — The. Read More »

NEWS RELEASE: Farm Credit Bank Leaders Say Drought Won’t Limit Access to Credit for U.S. Agriculture     Sept. 12, 2012 – On behalf of the Farm Credit System, the chief executives of the nation’s four Farm Credit banks issued a joint statement today pledging to stand by farmers, ranchers, cooperatives and other agricultural borrowers. Read More »

We knew you’d come back when we’re talking about the positive aspects of farming and the agriculture industry.   Here are a few more reasons to add to our list: Agriculture is profitable. – Since 1995, the top 20 percent of agricultural producers have had a 10 percent return on assets proving that farmers are. Read More »

As agriculturalists, we know the importance and relevance of our industry in the economy.   Sometime the media offers perspectives that only portray negative aspects of agriculture and farming, which causes mistruths.  But, of course we know that there are still many reasons to be excited and optimistic about the future of our industry, whereas it. Read More »

One of the most commonly overlooked features of money is its fungibility.  It’s an odd word, and seemingly strange concept, but one that is actually very straightforward and has the ability to save your money if you understand it.   Merriam-Webster describes “fungible” as “being of such a nature that one part of quantity may. Read More »

The dairy business is a tough one these days and many dairy farmers are looking for ways to keep their operations viable.  For Chuck and Paula Fry, owners of Rocky Point Dairy in Tuscarora, Maryland, that includes adding an ice cream parlor to their 200 milking cows and 1,500 acres of corn, soybeans, and cover. Read More »

When you apply for a car loan, mortgage, or any other financing, the loan officer tells you that they must pull your credit score.  But really – what does that mean?  And how is it figured?  Let us explain a bit more about scoring and how it affects your ability to receive credit in today’s. Read More »

Not everyone has a green thumb for growing fruits and vegetables, nor the time or place to do so.  But for Bill and Lori Mackintosh, owners of Mackintosh Fruit Farm in Berryville, Virginia, they have done just that – taken their love for growing things (and obvious green thumbs) into a successful business.   Bill. Read More »