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The TFVA works to provide the latest information for its membership on all aspects of production and management.


Down Payment Help from FSA

Posted by on Jun 7, 2015 in News & Events | Comments Off on Down Payment Help from FSA

Farm Service Agency currently is offering an exciting loan program to assist agricultural producers to purchase farms, construct buildings or other capital improvements. Your bank or lender must finance the first 50% or more of the loan amount at the bank’s rates and terms and FSA can finance up to $300,000 but not more that 50% of the total loan amount and effectually, you would not have to come up with a down payment. FSA’s rate is the direct Farm Ownership rate less 2% with a floor of 2.5% with a term of up to 40 years. If you have been...

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“Polyplanter” Field Day, June 9, 2015–University of KY

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in News & Events | Comments Off on “Polyplanter” Field Day, June 9, 2015–University of KY

“Polyplanter” Field Day, June 9, 2015–University of KY

On June 9th from 10 AM to 1 PM EST at the Berries on Bryan Station Farm, 4744 Bryan Station Rd., Lexington, KY, a great field day opportunity is available for market growers throughout our region. A new experimental machine system developed by John Wilhoit and Larry Swetnam in the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department at the University of Kentucky shows promise as a low-cost way of achieving the precision needed for mechanical cultivation for bare ground vegetable production using trickle irrigation. Learn more about the machine,...

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Weed Management-Field Day University of KY–June 2nd

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in News & Events | Comments Off on Weed Management-Field Day University of KY–June 2nd

Weed Management-Field Day University of KY–June 2nd

The Organic Association of Kentucky will host a field day on Integrated Weed Management at the University of Kentucky Horticulture Research Farm on Tuesday, June 2. The field day, scheduled for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT, will be led by Mark Williams and Tiffany Thompson of the UK Department of Horticulture. The program will provide participants with the information and techniques necessary to develop an effective weed control strategy on their farms. The majority of the workshop will be spent showing how a systems approach is utilized on the...

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USDA Announces Changes to Fruit, Vegetable and Wild Rice Planting Rules

Posted by on May 3, 2015 in News & Events | Comments Off on USDA Announces Changes to Fruit, Vegetable and Wild Rice Planting Rules

USDA Announces Changes to Fruit, Vegetable and Wild Rice Planting Rules

Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced fruit, vegetable and wild rice provisions that affect producers who intend to participate in certain programs authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014. Producers who intend to participate in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs are subject to an acre-for-acre payment reduction when fruits and nuts, vegetables or wild rice are planted on the payment acres of a farm. Payment reductions do not apply to mung beans, dry peas, lentils or chickpeas. Planting fruits,...

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Farm Storage Facility Loan Program UPDATE

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in News & Events | Comments Off on Farm Storage Facility Loan Program UPDATE

Farm Storage Facility Loan Program UPDATE

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) expanded the Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which provides low-interest financing to producers.  The enhanced program includes 22 new categories of eligible equipment for fruit and vegetable producers. Producers with small and mid-sized operations, and specialty crop fruit and vegetable growers, now have access to needed capital for a variety of supplies including sorting bins, wash stations and other food safety-related equipment.  A new more flexible alternative is also provided for...

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Crop Insurance Premium Support

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in News & Events | Comments Off on Crop Insurance Premium Support

Crop Insurance Premium Support

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA service center by June 1, 2015, in order to become or remain eligible for crop insurance premium support. Most farmers already have a certification form on file since it’s required for participation in most USDA programs such as marketing assistance loans, farm storage facility loans and disaster assistance. However farmers,...

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Beginning Farmer Loans

Posted by on Apr 26, 2015 in News & Events | Comments Off on Beginning Farmer Loans

Beginning Farmer Loans

FSA assists beginning farmers to finance agricultural enterprises. Under these designated farm loan programs, FSA can provide financing to eligible applicants through either direct or guaranteed loans. FSA defines a beginning farmer as a person who: Has operated a farm for not more than 10 years Will materially and substantially participate in the operation of the farm Agrees to participate in a loan assessment, borrower training and financial management program sponsored by FSA Does not own a farm in excess of 30 percent of the county’s...

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January 26, 2015. Are You Ready to Start a CSA workshop series, #1

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in CSA, East TN, Free to TFVA members, News & Events, Workshop/Seminars | Comments Off on January 26, 2015. Are You Ready to Start a CSA workshop series, #1

January 26, 2015. Are You Ready to Start a CSA workshop series, #1

January 26, 2015. Are you ready to start a CSA workshop series. These six workshops will be taught by experienced growers and UT personnel and will provide growers with training in planning, structuring, marketing, managing, analyzing profitability and expanding a CSA. January 26, Choosing Your Crops and Varieties, and Scheduling Their Planting in the Greenhouse and the Field, led by Jeff Martin, Plant Sciences, and Adam Colvin, Colvin Family Farm, Spring City, TN. This workshop will help determine crop and variety selection, as well as crop...

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January 8-11 2015. Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference.

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in News & Events | Comments Off on January 8-11 2015. Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference.

January 8-11 2015. Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference.

January 8-11 2015. 3rd National Grafting Symposium: Growing New Roots for the U.S. Vegetable Industry. Savannah International Trade & Convention Center In-depth, interactive, and grower/educator focused sessions on using grafted vegetable plants as sources of income and commercial production tools. Local to international leaders, including propagators and growers who sell and use grafted melon, watermelon, tomato and pepper plants coast to coast, will share their experience and outlook. Join us January 8 for this day-long program that...

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December 15, 2014. Winter Row Crop Production Meeting

Posted by on Nov 28, 2014 in News & Events, UT Extension | Comments Off on December 15, 2014. Winter Row Crop Production Meeting

December 15, 2014. Winter Row Crop Production Meeting

December 15, 2014. The Fayette County Extension Office will host a Winter Row Crop Production meeting on Dec. 15, 2014. This meeting will be held at Olympic Steak and Pizza, 6250 Hwy 64, Oakland, Tenn., starting at 10 a.m. Chuck Danehower, UT Area Marketing Specialist, will cover “Marketing in this Low Price Environment,” Tyler Miller and Ted Lung with Agrilogic will cover “Insurance made Easy,” Joseph Wilder with CFH Financial Services will cover “Estate Planning,” Angela McClure will cover “Soybean and Corn Production Topics,” Larry...

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