This case all started because Hawkes Co., Inc. (Hawkes) was interested in purchasing a piece of land in northern Minnesota to mine high-quality peat. What is peat? I was wondering the same thing! Peat moss is used in agriculture, horticulture, and forestry. Peat is a brown, soil-like material consisting of partly decomposed vegetable matter, used mainly in horticulture as a growing medium. It stimulates plant growth by improving seepage and root development, increasing soil buffering, and preventing the leaching of nutrients.Read More
What is sustainability and how does it relate to agriculture?Read More
If the title looks familiar to you, it’s because back in August Paul wrote a post about a case out of New Hampshire where the court asked the question: should all agritourism activities on the farm be considered agriculture in nature? The court in New Hampshire ruled that weddings were not an accessory to a Christmas tree farm and thus not considered agritourism for agricultural purposes. Paul’s full post and overview of this particular case can be found here. Today I am going to tell you about a case in Massachusetts where the court there found that weddings do constitute agritourism for agricultural purposes. I know you might be confused, but I will enlighten you.Read More
We would like to take a moment to wish you all happy holidays and happy New Year! We would also like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for checking out the site and helping make 2014 a success. We will be taking a break from posting over the next week or so, but we will be back going strong in 2015. Make sure to head on over to the blog after you ring in the New Year! Sign up to receive updates in the Welcome post above. Also, click on the Contact tab and let us know of additional areas you would like to see covered in 2015. Again have a happy holiday season and see y’all in 2015!Read More
Here are some news stories and updates from the past week. Enjoy the weekend!Read More
This article was drafted with the assistance of Dr. Shannon Ferrell from Oklahoma State University.
You see it all over the Internet, local and national news stations, but what actually is “big data” and what do you need to know about it as pertains to agriculture? In short, “big data” is aggregated data (a bunch of information) gathered from numerous farming operations. For example, if you are growing corn, this could be data of how many seeds you planted per acre, how many acres, when, and where, and then combined with all other corn growers in your geographic region. This data is then shared with an agriculture technology provider (ATP), such as Monsanto or John Deere, through a cloud-based system.Read More
The second layer to Maryland’s two layer program for nontidal wetlands protection is the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Act. As you might recall, nontidal wetlands are inland freshwater areas that are typically covered or saturated with water for long periods of time. Under the Critical Area Act, all farms located within the 1000-foot strip of land around the shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Coastal Bays. Unlike the Nontidal Wetlands Act, agriculture is not a blanket exemption.Read More