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Organic farming practices work with soil’s natural processes

The idea that nutrients are depleted from soil when crops are harvested is not correct. Nutrients are removed when plants are harvested, but this doesn’t mean the soil has no nutrients left.  Read more.


Winter is coming: Steps to prepare dairy herd for barn life

Like it or not, winter is coming and the cows won’t be grazing much longer. With good management of pasture land, cows might be able to graze into late November and December, at least to some extent.  Read more.


Approval of new GM crop-herbicide combo leads country in wrong direction

As organic farmers and supporters, we know instinctively and from experience that our method of agricultural production is the right direction for a healthy future. Read more.


Research shows ‘sandblasting’ works to control weeds

The unlikely hobby of growing apricots in Minnesota may have led a research agronomist to a new way to control in-row weeds on organic farms: blasting them away.  Read more.


Updated book outlines everything market farmers need to know

As I got started in the world of market farming back in the early 1990s, Lynn Byczynzki’s magazine, Growing for Market, was a constant companion. Whether I scrounged back issues….  Read more.


Biopesticides offer effective, progressive pest management

Through organic soil management practices, farmers foster a very important soil microbial and biochemical resource for successful biological control of potential pests affecting their crops or livestock.  Read more.


Urban farmers face unique challenges to certification

Urban agriculture means different things to different people. Community gardens, backyard plots, and educational youth gardens seem to be the most common associations with the term.  Read more.


Integrated systems approach needed to control fire blight without antibiotics

There is no cure for fire blight (FB), and there is no single “silver bullet” (including antibiotics) that will prevent FB infection. Successful non-antibiotic FB control combines….  Read more.


Transplants at Gardens of Eagan, Northfield, MinnesotaPlan now to grow healthy transplants for next season

This year I worked with a team of colleagues to start a teaching and incubator vegetable farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We developed an initial crop plan….  Read more.


EQIP pastureNew commodity programs help farmers manage risk

The most recently passed farm bill has put in place a variety of options to the Direct Counter Cyclical Payment program and the ACRE program. The Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) programs are offered….  Read more.


Pack your plaid for annual MOSES Conference

The MOSES Organic Farming Conference—where plaid is the preferred fashion—takes place Feb. 26-28, 2015 at the La Crosse Center in downtown La Crosse, Wis.  Read more.


Additional Content in PDF

  • Intensive, full-day courses offer chance to learn more about farming topics
  • Pack your plaid for annual MOSES Conference
  • Letter from Executive Director
  • News Briefs
  • Classifieds
  • Calendar of Events