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2019 sees rise in organic field crop acres harvested, new certifications

A new report from Mercaris, the data service and online trading platform for organic and non-GMO markets, shows a 13% rise in certified organic field crop acreage in the U.S. in 2019, and a 14% jump in the number of certified organic field crop operations. Read more.

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New tools, bridge loan can help farmers transition to organic grain production

Organic grain production might be an appealing option to conventional grain growers who have been contending with low prices. Here’s how to manage a farm’s cash flow and working capital during the transition years. Read more.

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Stonyfield works with partners on open-source platform for soil health

OpenTEAM is an innovative new software platform that offers farmers fast, easy access to more accurate recommendations on the specific things they can do to improve soil health on their farms. Read more.

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Veteran finds life path in farming, advocacy work for other Veterans, farmers

Steve Acheson did not see himself as a changemaker until he realized that the changes throughout his life not only made him who he is today, but also catalyzed his positive impacts and successes. Read more.

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Program creates access to healthy foods, rebuilds traditional foodways

Food insecurity, loss of wild-crafting and gardening skills, and the availability of cheap calories over healthy food have been major issues on the Bad River reservation. The Bad River Food Sovereignty Project has been working to reverse these trends.

Read more.

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Regenerative farming leader draws from Indigenous roots to create change

When Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin accepted his Changemaker award at the MOSES Conference, he came on stage with three Mayan spiritual leaders to show that the award honors not just Reginaldo as an individual, but also his ancestors and his community that shares in the mission of building a regenerative food system. Read more.

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Community addresses big issues at country’s largest organic farming event

Social and economic justice, organic integrity, and the future of the organic label took center stage at the 31st Annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wis. Read more.

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Farmer-nurse shares plan to manage impact of coronavirus on market farms

Small farms and small businesses may experience extreme disruption this season due to closings and cancellations to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Here are four steps you can take now to build resilience on your farm during what may prove to be a tough year. Read more.

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Patience during spring grazing transition pays off throughout pasture season

A lot of management is required to make a successful spring grazing transition, which is the foundation of good pasture management throughout the year—good management now can make or break the entire season. Read more.

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New, free toolkit helps farmers launch value-added baking business from home

Thanks to expanding cottage food laws nationwide, we farmers have an easy on-ramp for income diversification: selling baked goods made in our home kitchens. Read more.

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Additional Content in PDF

PDF of March | April

  • Letter from the ED: Buzz at MOSES Conference
  • Ask a Specialist Q&A: “Should I hire a pest management service for my on-farm crop storage?” and “How can I transition my existing orchard to organic?”
  • News Briefs
  • Organic Classifieds
  • Community Calendar

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