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Times are a-changin’ for U.S. industrial hemp farming

Annual retail sales in the U.S. of products made from hemp top $580 million, yet U.S. farmers can’t access this market because it’s illegal to grow industrial hemp in this country. Read more.

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Farmers, experts examine value of sprouted fodder systems

There has been much interest over the past several years in the concept of offering sprouted grains as feed, but conflicting information about how valuable or cost-effective the practice is. Read more.

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IntercroppingReduced tillage, cover crops, manures help build soil health

Many aspects of soil health are driven by inherent soil factors, such as clay content, the parent material of the soil, or the landscape position. The good news is that many of these factors can be improved through changes in management practices. Read more.

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MOSES organic specialist moves from ‘peanut gallery’ to hot seat on standards board

After many years of attending National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meetings as a member of the “peanut gallery,” I sat on the other side of the table for the first time at the recent board meeting in Washington D.C. Read more.

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close up old tractorInvestment calculations can help you decide if it makes financial sense to buy machinery

For many farmers, one of the largest asset categories on a farm’s balance sheet is “Machinery and Equipment.” It’s usually second only to real estate in terms of dollars invested. Read more.

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Study looks at impact of warm season annual grasses for grazing organic dairy cows

Milk production is directly related to dry matter intake, which is directly related to the amount of available dry matter in pasture. For cows grazing pasture to be productive, there must also be healthy pastures that provide adequate forage quality and biomass to feed them. Read more.

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hedgerowFarm for wildlife with hedgerows

Hedgerows provide fantastic opportunities to conserve wildlife, sustain agriculture, and yield profits in previously unproductive areas of your farm. Your infertile farm edges can become fertile refuges for plants and animals that provide valuable ecosystem services. Read more.

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‘Soil Sisters’ harnesses wisdom of women seasoned in farming

Lisa Kivirist has come out with an outstanding book to help beginning as well as seasoned women farmers navigate the business and livelihood of farming. She brings in the voice and experience of over 50 female farmers throughout the book…. Read more.

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ChildSafety -Machinery, vehicles, water sources among biggest dangers for kids on farms

Agriculture is our nation’s most dangerous occupation. Farms are the only worksites in the U.S. where children of any age can be present at any time. Read more.

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Complete May | June PDF (11 MB)

  • Letter from Interim Executive Director
  • Field day plans
  • Ask a Specialist Answers
  • News Briefs
  • Classifieds
  • Community Calendar

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