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Who’s the Boss Mastering Marketing - April 2016 A primary attribute often given for being self-employed is “I’m my own boss.” But, business guru Peter Drucker stated, “The purpose of a business is to have a satisfied customer”. So, whether you’re a farmer, producer, or other type of small business owner; who’s the boss in your business?  Is it you, your customers, or both?
On-Farm Breweries Are a Growing Agritourism Area, But Keep In Mind Legal Requirements Recently, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation to allow for the development of on-farm breweries.  This area of the law (at least in Maryland) is still new and developing as it relates to breweries.
How do CSA Operators Manage Risks In Their Operations? CSA operators utilize various methods to manage risks in their operations.  One way can be through the membership agreement, but other ways can be utlized.  Recently, a report was issued by Mayhah R.
Understanding Grapevine Frost/Freeze Damage   Timely Viticulture Updated: April 7, 2016
Marketing— The Root of All Profits Mastering Marketing - March 2016 I’ve written, taught, and executed marketing ideas and plans for some time now. But, after pages and pages of text and theories, I’ve found marketing really boils down to a couple key concepts executed over three similar categories.  And, marketing is truly the root of all profits in any business.
Generate More “Word of Mouth” Referrals Mastering Marketing - February 2016
Understanding Agricultural Liability: Premise’s Liability You face many risks in your farming operation, including weather, crop prices, and environmental issues beyond your control. If you own or lease farmland, you also may encounter the liability risks associated with individuals coming on to your land, whether invited or not.
When Keeping Your Landlord Happy Backfires Photo by Edwin Remsberg This post should not be construed as legal advice
Crop Development Sampling It is critical to properly monitor and assess the fruit characteristics and maturity to make the appropriate management, harvesting, and winemaking decisions to produce the best quality grapes and wine possible. The first step to assess ripeness and quality is to take a proper sample that best represents the actual ripeness stage of the variety in that vineyard.
Does Hosting Weddings Count As Agriculture? One State Says No Photo by Edwin Remsberg This post should not be construed as legal advice (or marriage counseling)
IRS Releases Final Rules on Portability Photo by Edwin Remsberg
Jump Start Your Fall Marketing Season Now Mastering Marketing - August 2015
Frequently Asked Questions: Does Selling the Farm Terminate an Existing Lease? Photo by Signazon This post should not be construed as legal advice
Disease Management - Botrytis Botrytis is the major disease on a grower's radar screen Infections can occur early in the season during bloom and later in the season from bunch closing on to harvest.
Microbreweries and the New Class 8 Farm Brewery License Microbreweries and craft beers are a growing trend nationwide. In order to encourage more development in this growing industry, the state of Maryland has created a few new liquor licenses that make small-scale brewing easier.
Understanding Agricultural Liability: Legal Risk Management Considerations This fact sheet can serve as another tool in a farmer’s risk management plans by providing information on how farmers can protect themselves from legal challenges from a nuisance or violation of an environmental permit. The information discussed in this fact sheet will not eliminate threats of lawsuits. Elimination of 100 percent of legal risk is not possible.
Early Season Insect Management: Flea Beetles Identification and Biology Grape Flea beetles, Altica spp. (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), are small (4-5 mm), oval shaped, metallic blue-purple beetles that jump when disturbed. Grape flea beetles overwinter as adults and become active on warm April days when grape buds begin to swell. Adult beetles are most numerous following mild winters.
Early Season Insect Management: Climbing Cutworms This general term applies to the larvae (caterpillars) of a large number of butterfly/moth species (Lepidoptera) in the noctuid family that feed on buds, young shoots and leaves. Cutworm damage most commonly occurs in vineyards with weeds under the trellis or mulch, and in sandy or light colored soils.
Early-Season Disease Management Growers should apply a series of protectant fungicide sprays to new shoots to protect them from several diseases, beginning shortly after bud break.
Garlic Problems in 2015 April 15, 2015
Food Safety Modernization Act Series Photo by Edwin Remsberg
Frequently Asked Questions: Can I Use a Residential Lease to Rent Farmland? Photo by Edwin Remsberg This post should not be relied upon as legal advice

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