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Scaling up veg rowsScale up vegetable production by growing better, not bigger

Scaling up to meet the demand for local food is all the rage these days, especially in the world of fresh produce. Local foods are showing up in places we never imagined 20 years ago, and farmers are getting pressure from all sides….  Read more.

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gorgeous sunset over farm fieldOrganic community debates check-off program

The 2014 Farm Bill has opened the door for the creation of an Organic Research and Pro­motion Program, a.k.a. an organic check-off.  Read more.

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 Pollinator High Quality CRP by Paula Klientjes Neff UW Eau Claire and Xerces SocietyOn-farm conservation needed to boost beneficial pollinators

2014 has been a banner year for pollinators in the media and public policy. Almost daily, we look around amazed at the flood of news articles about bees….  Read more.

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IMG_4462Organic farmers need unified ‘voice’ as organic sector grows

Organic farmers understand the benefits of building coalitions to nudge along local, state, regional and national policies that support organic agriculture.  Read more.

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Study examines how sharing equipment can help farmers scale up

Fruit and vegetable growers throughout the Midwest are familiar with the labor vs. machin­ery trade-off. More interest and demand for local food are causing growers to consider expand­ing their operations….  Read more.

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GrassSoilHope_coverTravel through ‘Carbon Country’ to see climate-friendly eco-practices

In 2010, I came across a fascinating map called the Carbon Ranch that detailed every possible activity for sequestering carbon in the landscape. The map had no boundaries and included urban, rural, wild and cultivated lands.  Read more.

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DCF 1.0Research moves forward on ‘organic-ready’ open-pollinated corn

It has been known, at least since the 1950s, that popcorn cannot set seed if pollinated by yellow field corn. Another closely related plant called teosinte also shares this Ga1s pollen incompatibility gene.  Read more.

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Young farmers benefit from mentors’ experience

Caleb and Lauren Langworthy have been on their own land for only a couple of years, and know that the ground work they do now will make their job easier in the future. One line they share to keep going on an especially onerous task….  Read more.

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Tincture remedies help farmers treat livestock organically

Many drugs found in modern medicine cabinets have been based on derivatives from natural plant or animal sources. An alternative to utilizing derived medicines is the use of tinctures….  Read more.

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Cultivating Beans on Driscoll FarmGenetically engineered corn creates tipping point for family to go organic

Farmers, like professional gamblers, are used to taking risks. The weather typically is the biggest risk factor in farming. When genetically engineered crops entered the game, though, some farmers found the risks too great.  Read more.

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Dairy farmer shows how he transitioned CRP land to corn, soybeans, grains

Marvin Lynch, an organic dairy farmer from Cascade, Iowa, hosted a field day July 15, to share how he transitioned CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) land into organic production.  Read more.

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Additional Content in PDF

  • Field days give farmers chance to share ‘lessons learned’
  • Letter from Executive Director
  • News Briefs
  • Classifieds
  • Calendar of Events