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Farmers, breeders collaborate on new organic sweet corn

Seven years ago, Minnesota farmer Martin Diffley decided that sweet corn offerings in his seed catalogues weren’t cutting it. He had noticed a decline in vigor in most of the sugary enhanced sweet corn varieties available….  Read more.


John Jeavons shares his vision for sustainable farming future

Director of the nonprofit Ecology Action, author, educator, agricultural researcher and farmer, John Jeavons has spent the last 43 years developing and teaching a truly sustainable….  Read more.


Organic farms hurt by pesticide drift lose more than money

The incursion of unwanted toxic materials on organic land does more than just hurt the bottom line of the organic farmer; it sets back the progress….  Read more.


Let your animals balance their mineral requirements

Before domestication, cattle lived a lifestyle similar to that of bison in the early American West. Many different plants with different nutrient and mineral profiles were available.  Read more.


Book shows how to boost beneficial insect populations on the farm

My first introduction to the Xerces Society was at the MOSES Organic Farming Conference a few years ago when I attended an Organic University session with Eric Lee-Mader…. Read more.


Small grains in crop rotation offer many benefits

Multiyear crop rotations are a central tenet of organic crop production, and for good reason. Maintaining crop diversity harnesses ecology to build soil, disrupt pests and improve….  Read more.


Research identifies potato varieties that do well on Midwest organic farms

The potato is an important staple food—globally the fourth largest food crop after maize, wheat and rice. For many of us, potatoes are also a beloved comfort food. Read more.


Cottage food laws allow producers to create, sell value-added products

Whether you operate your farm as a CSA or sell at farmers’ markets, transforming a bumper crop of tomatoes or cucumbers into value-added jars of salsa and pickles can boost….  Read more.


Producers agree VAPG application process worth effort

Applesauce, tea, and maple syrup are among the goodies growers are making with the help of the USDA’s Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) program. Read more.


Experts share tips for placing value-added products in stores

You have a great product and you think you are ready to market it on a larger scale. Now what? Getting products to expanded markets was the focus of a panel discussion….  Read more.


Second-career farmers offer advice to others entering field

Shoppers at People’s Food Co-op in Rochester, Minn. quickly snap up locally grown sweet potatoes produced by Sandy and Lonny Dietz at Whitewater Gardens Farm in Altura, Minn. Read more.


taxforms_43_1Value of good recordkeeping shows at tax time

As a farmer, you are faced with a greater number of uncertainties than most business owners.  While you have the everyday challenges related to employee management, time utilization, equipment malfunctions….  Read more.


Take holistic approach to poultry welfare in organic system

Good animal welfare is an integral part of organic livestock management. As with soil health and other aspects of organic production, animal welfare is most successfully achieved….  Read more.


Additional Content in PDF

  • MOSES bids farewell to board member, Organic Specialists
  • Letter from Executive Director
  • News Briefs
  • Classifieds
  • Calendar of Events