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.
One of the challenges in discussing and measuring agritourism is defining it. Are all farm-based retail operations considered “agritourism,” or merely those which offer farm experiences beyond simply purchasing farm products? The boundaries of agritourism activities remains difficult and are discussed further in this article.
Summer is in full swing, and with it, local farmers and fishermen are hard at work producing the fresh, quality agricultural and seafood products we all enjoy. Celebrate the bounty of Northeast agriculture by visiting local farmers’ market and ag retail locations.
Despite a fairly robust general economy, 2018 promises to be a fairly challenging year for many agricultural sectors. We expect Northeast net farm income to decline in 2018, due mainly to weak commodity prices.