deadline: mit food & ag club grant applications due 1/31
Applications for the MIT / Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Innovation Prize are due on January 31st by 11:59PM. MORE INFORMATION HERE ! Now in its 6th year, the Rabobank - MIT Food and Agribusiness Innovation Prize, sponsored by Rabobank and supported by MIT J-WAFS and the MIT Food and Agriculture Club, is the premier business […]
business planning workshop for future farm leaders: jumpstarting the next generation
new michael keaton film features the evolution of macdonalds
In the spirit of the old adage: If you can't beat 'em... learn everything about 'em that you possibly can so that you can beat 'em later.
organic grains and innovation on GH radio
Listen to the podcast here! Ben Dobson grew up in Hillsdale, New York, on a small organic farm and started his first agricultural business in 2001. After two years on his own, he joined forces with his father Ted Dobson and managed the fields at his salad and tomato farm in Sheffield, MA, from 2003 […]
"land restoration economy"
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3EoxRiy01I] This falls under the category: Things I Didn't Know About but Feel Like I Should Have Known About But Are All-the-same Absolutely Fascinating
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JDfr6KGV-k] What creates a high-engagement high-productivity work system? "Create an alignment of strengths that make the weaknesses irrelevant." This short video with Professor Cooperridder, Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, has some powerful insights to offer. We wonder how this kind of thinking could be applied […]
"the farmer's office"
Are you feeling cool, calm, collected? If not, try reading Julia Shenk’s “ The Farmers Office: Tools tips and templates to successfully manage a growing farm business”. Comprehensive, logical, holistic and witty— she lays out the steps and frameworks for a solvent and sustainable farm business. She’s got the chops, and she’s witty. Thats already […]
free webinar on collaborative trade and fair markets
Yellow Seed, a nonprofit organization that facilitates connections between farmers and fair markets, recently partnered with Impact Hub Berkley, a social impact working hub out of the Bay Area, to host six curated working groups to focus on Collaborative Trade. The project was called From the Ground Up: Change Accelerator and aimed to "design healthy, global food supply chains […]
global agribusiness mergers not a done deal
The $130 billion Dow-DuPont merger announced last week has rekindled ChemChina’s $44.6 billion bid for Syngenta which, in turn, may provoke a fourth takeover try by Monsanto. If ChemChina prevails, Monsanto is likely to look for a deal with either BASF or Bayer. If they get their way, the world’s Big Six agricultural input companies […]
china refuses gmo corn from USA, cargill loses 90 million dollars
CHICAGO, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Cargill Inc has suffered more than $90 million in damages from China's rejections of U.S. corn containing a genetically modified trait developed by Syngenta AG, the grain trader said in a lawsuit on Friday. The damages are a "direct and proximate result" of Syngenta's decision to sell its Agrisure Viptera […]
guess which corporations are donating millions towards the future farmers of america (ffa)
According to the FFA website, Monsanto, Pfizer (Monsanto's pharmaceutical business), Cargill, Dupont and Syngenta donated millions of dollars to the FFA in 2013, and have been awarded "Platinum" and "Gold" sponsorship titles by the organization. In 2012, a press release from the FFA stated that these companies (and some others) had donated 16.8 million dollars to help "create […]
new york: buzz with rev. billy's honeybeelujah campaign
Springtime Greetings to the Citizens of Earthalujahville! This spring we run our parallel performances - our nonviolent dramatic activism and our run at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater on May and June Sunday afternoons in New York. The outside and inside stages feed off each other, with information, arrests and whoops of "Earthalujah!" Buzz with […]
young farmers, lobby at state level
Farmer objects to bill on livestock treatment from the Daily Progress By Bryan McKenzie On Davis Creek Farm in bucolic Nelson County near the non-incorporated community of Old Myndus they raise animals for people to eat, but that doesn’t mean the family farmers don’t want the animals to be well treated. In fact, that’s why […]