Farm Service Agency

Building a Business on Goats and Gelato

In this week’s #FridaysOnTheFarm, meet Gary Carder, veteran and owner of Capream Dairy in Prescott, Arizona. This Grade-A goat dairy specializes in the production of milk, gelato, and cheese, which are sold at retail locations around the state.

With goals to expand the company over the next few years, Capream plans to grow its employee base by creating job opportunities for people in the area. Gary also hopes to partner with local schools to give students hands-on experience with the goat industry.
 

Get Access to Your Farmers.gov Portal

The vision of farmers.gov is to provide farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners with online self-service applications, educational materials, engagement opportunities, and business tools.

Many of these self-service features are available through the secure farmers.gov portal, where you can log in to your dashboard to apply for programs, process transactions, and manage accounts.  

Dairy Producers Receive a Boost from USDA

In farm country outside Buffalo, New York, you will find Frank Valent working with his 80 or so Holstein and Jersey cows to put milk on America’s table. Travel over to Ohio, Frank Burkett III operates a larger dairy operation with around 700 Holsteins. 

These dairymen may manage different size farms, but they have more in common than both being named Frank. Like dairy farmers across the country, both are facing low milk prices, increasing operational costs, and waning consumer demand.

#FridaysOnTheFarm: Pining for the Holidays

In this week's #FridaysOnTheFarm, meet Scott Powell and Christopher Maciborski, evergreen farmers in northern Michigan. The brothers-in-law, and their families, cultivate holiday cheer at Dutchman Tree Farms by providing cut Christmas trees and wreaths for families across the country. 

“We’re thinking about Christmas 365 days a year. I love it,” said Christopher. “The only one who would have a better job is Santa Claus.”

Cultivating Pumpkins and Fall-Time Traditions

Twenty-nine years ago, Helen Huitink and her late husband, Dave, started Pumpkinland, an annual event on their farm in Orange City, Iowa, where people can purchase autumn produce, take a turn through corn mazes, and visit farm animals. Known affectionately as "Grandma and Grandpa Pumpkin," their farm has become a fall tradition for many in their community.

The 160-acre farm has been in the Huitink family since 1911.