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NYFC is looking for grain farmers to blog


Apply to be a 2017 Blogger for NYFC

Each year, NYFC recruits a few young farmers to blog about their experience starting a new farm business. Our bloggers chronicle the trials and triumphs of the season and shed light on what it takes to make it in this difficult yet (in our opinion) heroic line of work. In 2017, NYFC is teaming up with King Arthur Flour to share the stories of grain farmers, from seed to harvest for one full season. We’re thrilled to focus on grain, as there is a growing demand for sustainably raised and locally sourced grains but not enough young farmers entering the field to supply it.

Bloggers will receive a stipend and the opportunity to be featured on NYFC’s and King Arthur Flour’s websites and social media channels throughout the project.

Bloggers will write six posts between January 2017 and June 2017, and each farmer will also be featured in a short film produced by NYFC and King Arthur Flour. Filming will take place on the selected farms on dates chosen in collaboration with the farmer between July 2016 and September 2016.

Click here to apply. Deadline is June 28th.

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arkansas farmers say syngenta tainted grain supply to promote gmo

(Original photo by Bob Coleman)

At least a dozen Arkansas farmers have joined hundreds of farmers in 19 other states in almost 800 lawsuits against Swiss seed maker Syngenta over genetically modified corn seed, a case that has been widely reported in the media.

But one of the lawsuits, filed on behalf of two Newport farms, contains a previously unreported twist: an allegation that Syngenta, a global agribusiness, has engaged in a criminal conspiracy to contaminate the U.S. corn crop to force China, other nations that buy U.S. corn and U.S. farmers to accept genetically modified corn.

The suit, field by the Emerson Poynter law firm, which has offices in Little Rock and Houston, alleges that Syngenta violated the Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, which is usually used to fight organized crime.

Emerson Poynter filed the class-action suit in January on behalf of Kenny Falwell and Eagle Lake Farms, farming operations in Newport. It, like at least eight other lawsuits against Syngenta over its genetically modified corn seed, was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

These lawsuits joined hundreds of other lawsuits filed by U.S. farmers since the fall against Syngenta, the Swiss developer and marketer of seeds and agricultural chemicals. To read more, CLICK HERE!

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small scale grain event

Coming up on Friday at Stonewall Farm in Keene, NH.

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Small Scale Grain Fodder & Demonstration Day, Friday August 16th, 9 am-12 pm
Want to witness the next chapter of our farm story take shape? On Friday August 16th, with technical assistance and support from GreenStart New Hampshire, we will be demonstrating our first-ever barley harvest at our leased Bradford Road fields in Keene (weather permitting) with brand new Boaz combine harvesters. All of the barley harvested here will take the resultant seeds and go towards growing barley fodder to feed our +30 dairy cattle. To our knowledge, this will be the first modern, larger-scale barley demonstration in southwest New Hampshire in over 100 years, so you don’t want to miss this opportunity! Stay tuned for our brochure link and more information on the itinerary for the day, which will also include our aged cheddar cheese and farm-made yogurt at day’s end.

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awesome new newsletter on maine grains & oil seeds


This is the first issue of the Maine Grain and Oilseed Newsletter.  In response to the growing number of questions from farmers regarding the production of grains and oilseeds, we decided that it was best to start a newsletter that will, hopefully, provide timely research-based knowledge to Maine’s producers.  This newsletter will be distributed on a monthly or “as-needed” basis throughout the year.  The newsletter will be available through e-mail, and will be posted online ( to make reading on certain electronic devices easier.  If you do not want to receive the newsletter, or know of someone who would like to receive the newsletter, please contact Andrew Plant at to be removed from or added to the email list.

This first newsletter contains information on seed selection, market standards, and assessing the viability of fall-sown winter grains.  We hope you will find this information useful to your production needs.

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bike powered flour!

Prairie Heritage Farm will be peddling and pedaling their heritage and ancient grains at the 2nd annual Red Ants Pants Music Festival in White Sulphur Springs, MT – July 26-29!
On Sunday, they’ll be doing a demo, called Tour de Flour: Bikes and bakers unite! Join the farmers from Prairie Heritage Farm for a demo of bike-powered flour and a discussion about the history of grain and why ancient and heritage grains, and fresh flour, are on the rise. Includes bike-powered flour time trials. If you grind the fastest, you win!

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UMaine Small Grain and Forage Field Day

UMaine Small Grain and Forage Field Day
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

5:30 to 8:00pm (registration starts at 5:15)

University of Maine Rogers Forage and Crops Research Farm
Stillwater, Maine (1.5 miles from I-95 Exit 193)

Please join us to learn about:
  • · Small grain varieties for organic production (wheat, spelt, flax)
  • · Wheat and spelt varieties for later fall planting Continue reading

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grain apprenticeship

A great opportunity for greenhorns interested in grain production and preferably with tractor experience!

We are looking for an apprentice who is interested in learning more about organic grain production, processing, and distribution through a unique collaborative relationship between a farmer, a miller and a baker. The apprentice will work primarily on Oechsner Farm, but will also have opportunities to work with near-by Farmer Ground Mill and Wide Awake Bakery. Continue reading