Apple marketers, and their grower and packer suppliers, are entering a new world where their ability to add value for their retail customers will determine which companies survive, and which disappear. Desmond O’Rourke, President of Belrose, Inc., provides insight on the changing external environment, food retail and industry structure of the apple industry.
According to mainstream views, the Northeast’s short growing season limits the ability of the region to meet consumer demand for year-round, locally grown produce. However, the rapid emergence of Controlled Environment Agriculture enterprises is challenging this view. Dr. Jie Li and Dr. Miguel Gomez of Cornell University's Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management discuss the growth and economic viability of this emerging system.
Farm Credit East recently presented the results of the 2017 Northeast Dairy Farm Summary. It was a mixed bag – average earnings increased due to a rise in milk prices, but cash flow came in at breakeven for the third year in a row. Read more here.
Farm Credit East recently surveyed a range of Northeast producers to find out their expectations and concerns for the year ahead. The results of this survey provided a gauge of the current temperature of Northeast agriculture.