Given ongoing trade discussions with multiple countries, it can be hard to keep up with what’s going on between the United States and our major trading partners. The first article gives readers a rundown of some recent events in the global agricultural trade arena. The second article recognizes organic farming’s rapid growth, with organic sales tripling from $322 million in 2012 to $1.1 billion in 2017. This growth has prompted expanded crop insurance coverage for organic producers. If your farm is organic or transitional and you don’t have crop insurance, it may be time for a second look.
A successful manager is required to master many aspects of the farm business. To help the next generation develop the necessary business and financial skills, Farm Credit East is hosting multiple GenerationNext seminars across the Northeast this fall into winter, and currently seeks interested young leaders to attend.
Maine is home to many successful agricultural and natural resource businesses, and Farm Credit East, the largest lender to Northeast agriculture, reaffirms its commitment to supporting the state’s producers. The customer-owned financial cooperative provides $713 million in loan commitments to its Maine customers, including $38.4 million in loan commitments to 327 small farmers across the state.