Rain damages barley crop in Montana

Montana’s barley crop got much the same damage as eastern Idaho barley, seen here during a downpour last month near Idaho Falls. There were hopes the disaster Idaho farmers suffered would be made up with by a successful Montana crop, but that isn’t expected to happen.

BILLINGS, Mont. — That rain on the plain that saturated Montana’s malt barley crop in late August could be tears in the beer of American brewers in 2015.

More farmers are now using social media

In this Aug. 12, 2014 photo, Jackie Dearing uses Facebook to promote organic vegetables and free-range poultry and beef grown at Dearing Country Farms near Bloomington, Ill. The farm sells many of its products through local subscriptions. Farmers have become more involved in social media and have started to notice its importance, both for social interaction and to market their operations. (AP Photo/The Pantagraph, David Proeber)

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — “We have a limited supply of aronia berries right now. We will probably sell out tomorrow.

New go-to career for New England’s young: Farming

In this Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 photo, farmer Ben Torpey, of Greene, R.I., loads a crate of zephyr squash into a truck at Scratch Farm in Cranston, R.I. Across New England, the number of farms has grown by 5 percent since 2007, contrary to the national trend. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

CRANSTON, R.I. — Farming is hip in New England.

Across the region, young people are choosing crops over cubicles, new farms are popping up and the local food movement is spreading.

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