Buying mushrooms from the garden? Here’s how to know if they’re safe to eat

Two older people smile while holding a cardboard tray of mushrooms.

Backyard mushroom businesses are popping up in sheds and shipping containers across Australia, but the fascination with fungi presents a new challenge – proving they’re safe to eat. Main points: Mushroom startup growth is driving the need for a food safety program. Australia has never had an outbreak of pollution caused by mushrooms The program … Read more

The Georgia Ag Forecast for 2023 is open.

TIFTON, GA – Registration is now open for the 2023 Georgia Ag Conference, which will be held Jan. 27 at the University of Georgia Tifton Conference Center on the UGA Tifton campus. There will also be a live virtual option. Presented by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and UGA Extension, the annual … Read more

15 special crop block grants were awarded in 2022

Image by Devon Breen from Pixabay. The Kansas Department of Agriculture has been awarded $780,776 through the 2022 Special Crop Block Grant Program. Funding for the program was provided by the US Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Marketing Service. The objective of the SCBG program is to increase the competitiveness of specialty crops. According to … Read more

A Stafford farmer introduces ‘farm life’ to regional students

Jeff Adams likes to use the farm as an outdoor classroom and has plenty of room for more students. “I’m trying to fill a void that public schools don’t fill,” Adams said. Adams, 68, owns Walnut Hill Farm in the 400 block of Kellogg Mill Road in Elm Springs, Stafford County. He is a former … Read more

The goal of the study is to help Georgia farmers transition to certified organic farming.

To answer the growing demand, University of Georgia researchers have begun a study looking at ways to help Georgia farmers transition to growing certified organic vegetables on unused farmland or pasture. Kate Cassity-Duffy, an assistant professor of horticulture at UGA and one of the study’s researchers, said dormant land is often more available and affordable … Read more

‘Long and hard… but very rewarding’: Farmers reflect on high rainfall, tonnage and costs in one year.

Regardless of location or industry, 2022 is set to be a big year for Western Australian farmers. Main points: Farmers describe the 2022 season as unusual, rewarding and challenging. In many cases, high rainfall, tonnage and pricing all contributed to a busy crop year. Looking ahead to 2023, industries are hoping for stability and another … Read more

Crossnor communities teach, feed and encourage children to farm and garden

Lynn Brandon Gardens that educate and inspire children and those who care for them are a central theme at Crossnore Communities for Children. On this bucolic plot of land, a 100-acre farm seems far from the city (yet just minutes from shopping and amenities). Miracle Grounds Farm and Food Forest gives a seasonal purpose to … Read more

CJ Hicks students learn about agriculture, thanks to the Georgia Farm Bureau

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NNYADP calls for regional agricultural research proposals

PLATTSBURGH – The farmer-led Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) has submitted farm-based research proposals for small grants to fund projects that benefit a variety of agricultural production sectors, including Clinton, Essex. , Franklin, Louis and St. Lawrence counties. NNYADP grant guidelines, research proposals and the application form are posted at under the … Read more