The fall Equinox has come and gone once again, leaving us in the final stretch of 2018. In the mountains, the average first frost date is upon us. In the coastal regions, Hurricane Florence and subsequent flooding profoundly altered the course of the fall farming season. Regardless of where in the Carolinas you are farming, you are likely on the cusp of planning for 2019.
Before we dive into this edition, we want to make sure you’re aware of the document we’re maintaining, Hurricane Florence Resources for Farmers. While it’s not exhaustive, we’re doing our best to keep it up-to-date with as many helpful resources as possible for those affected by the storm.
This month’s “Expert Tip” is about post-harvest handling systems to maximize the shelf life and quality of your produce. As you ponder improvements and tweaks to your farming system for 2019, we encourage you to think through your post-harvest handling systems. Small changes to your systems can greatly impact efficiency, marketability, and food-safety of your produce – all of which are directly tied to income potential.
Also in this edition, we’re including tons of grant opportunities – ranging in help with conservation, improvements for livestock/poultry farmers, and energy efficiency – which workshops at the 2018 Sustainable Agriculture Conference our Farm Services team are teaching and most excited for, as well as ways for your farm business to connect with buyers interested in sourcing local foods.
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