Join ASAP, along with the RAFI, NC Cooperative Extension, and the Farm Service Agency for a series of FREE workshops designed to help farmers manage risk on the farm. Register online or by phone at 828-236-1282.
Today, we are featuring an organization that shares our vision to protect agricultural genetic diversity. The Livestock Conservancy is sponsoring the very first annual National Heritage Breeds Week! National Heritage Breeds Week will be held May 17-23, 2015. Saturday, May 23rd has been designated as National Heritage Breeds Day.
In 1999, The Baltimore Sun ran a three-part series on the poultry industry and the farmers caught up in the abusive contracts and paralyzing debt that have since become all too common in contract poultry production. The series began with “The Plucking of the American Chicken Farmer,” which detailed the ruination of poultry farmers and pinpointed how some major companies were even cheating their growers. Collectively, the series presented 10 months of investigative work conducted by reporters Dan Fesperman and Kate Shatzkin.