Volume 24, Number 5
IN PRINT/ON-LINE/IN THE NEWS
ERS Reports on Alternative Beef Production Systems
USDA Economic Research Service's new report, Alternative Beef Production Systems: Issues and Implications, notes that U.S. beef markets are undergoing rapid change as alternative production systems evolve in response to consumer demands and compete with conventional grain-fed beef production. The 34-page report examines the specific production technologies behind alternative production systems and products, including organic beef, grass-fed beef, and locally sourced products.
Online Grazing Publication Debuts
On Pasture, an online publication that translates research and experience into grazing practices that can be implemented right away, debuted in late March. Editors Rachel Gilker and Kathy Voth say they will be sifting through piles of research and grazing practices, translating them into ideas that can work for readers, and then putting together the simple steps for getting started. The inaugural issue is available free online.
The Purdue University Sea Grant program produced a video that provides a very good overview of aquaponics - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26xpMCXP9bw
Marketing Aquaculture Products is designed to be a very practical and extensive guide to help farmers get their products to market. Through it readers will discover why many businesses fail, how to market their products as well as themselves, how to deal with distributors and retailers, how to plan their marketing strategy, and how to use the Market Maker website http://national.marketmaker.uiuc.edu/. (It is important to note that Missouri does not participate in the Market Maker program.) This 61-page publication is available as a PDF on the NCRAC website www.ncrac.org/files/MarketMaker-Pub-0034.pdf and hard copies are available from NCRAC for $25.
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