Farm Progress

Cornell University Small Farms Program seeks Northeast grower input for lucrative mushroom enterprises.

John Vogel, Editor, American Agriculturist

March 13, 2018

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LOG ON: Specialty mushroom production doesn’t require a major startup expense.CAChase/iStock/Thinkstock

You may not think of growing specialty mushrooms on logs, in barns, high tunnels or greenhouses as a viable for-profit enterprise. But with fresh shiitakes wholesaling for $10 to $12 a pound and dried mushrooms going for $6 to $8 an ounce, it’s worth a closer look — especially if you’re milking a small dairy herd headed for a dispersion sale.

You don’t need a huge investment to reach these lucrative markets. Learn more about commercial specialty mushroom cultivation at

Northeast grower input sought
The Cornell University Small Farms Program is seeking survey input from farmers who have grown and sold specialty mushrooms commercially during 2017 in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. The goal is to get a pulse on the state of specialty mushroom production in the Northeast, and track this budding industry’s growth.

The survey asks about harvest numbers, sales and marketing strategies. Producers are asked to respond by March 23 at CUSFP's Mushroom Growers Survey 2017.

All answers are kept confidential. No individual responses will be shared publicly, assures Steve Gabriel, Cornell Extension educator and coordinator of the Northeast Mushroom Growers Network.

“In addition to collecting sales and production data, we’re also interested in capturing the research and education needs of the mushroom growing community,” says Gabriel, who also is a forest farmer and mushroom grower.

After the results are compiled, the program will offer a summary of the data via a public webinar, which can be useful to individuals and institutions for grants, market assessment and other uses for a growing industry. Got questions? Contact Gabriel at [email protected].


About the Author(s)

John Vogel

Editor, American Agriculturist

For more than 38 years, John Vogel has been a Farm Progress editor writing for farmers from the Dakota prairies to the Eastern shores. Since 1985, he's been the editor of American Agriculturist – successor of three other Northeast magazines.

Raised on a grain and beef farm, he double-majored in Animal Science and Ag Journalism at Iowa State. His passion for helping farmers and farm management skills led to his family farm's first 209-bushel corn yield average in 1989.

John's personal and professional missions are an integral part of American Agriculturist's mission: To anticipate and explore tomorrow's farming needs and encourage positive change to keep family, profit and pride in farming.

John co-founded Pennsylvania Farm Link, a non-profit dedicated to helping young farmers start farming. It was responsible for creating three innovative state-supported low-interest loan programs and two "Farms for the Future" conferences.

His publications have received countless awards, including the 2000 Folio "Gold Award" for editorial excellence, the 2001 and 2008 National Association of Ag Journalists' Mackiewicz Award, several American Agricultural Editors' "Oscars" plus many ag media awards from the New York State Agricultural Society.

Vogel is a three-time winner of the Northeast Farm Communicators' Farm Communicator of the Year award. He's a National 4-H Foundation Distinguished Alumni and an honorary member of Alpha Zeta, and board member of Christian Farmers Outreach.

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