In November, the Maine unemployment rate was 2.8%, according to the Maine Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research and Information, down from 3.5% for November 2018. Low unemployment, combined with stricter federal H-2A visa federal regulations imposed by the Trump administration on hiring foreign workers, an aging resident population and other factors, contribute to the difficulty of finding seasonal farm workers. Read more

Thank you to those who visited the Lancaster Farming booths at the Pennsylvania Farm Show and Keystone Farm Show. Hundreds of visitors entered our prize drawing, and the following are the five lucky winners: Read more

Agronomist Aaron Gabriel, of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program, told how to identify and control such pests during a recent farmer discussion group meeting in Salem, Washington County. Read more

Mary Trossbach, along with her brother JC, and her cousin Travis, are the owners and founders of their farm’s newest enterprise, Trossbach Family Meats. They are the fifth generation to work their family’s land, which has been in production since the early 1900s. Read more