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National conference to bring together women working in sustainable ag

Women from across the country will gather to exchange ideas, find resources, and network at the National Women in Sustainable Agriculture Conference this October in St. Paul, Minnesota. MOSES hosts this year’s event…read more.

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Mandatory labeling of GMOs expected to expand market for non-GMO, organic crops

Any major disruptive event that impacts food processing and marketing has the potential to have a direct impact on the supply, demand, and pricing for organic and non-GMO crops, foods, and ingredients. Now, we have a new USDA labeling program about to roll out, the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. Read more.

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Nonprofit supports farmers with resources, access to organic farming research

Given the small amount of land under organic production, it’s critical to invest in research, education, and policies that encourage more farmers to transition to organic.The goal of the Organic Farming Research Foundation is to advance organic agriculture through scientific research. Read more.

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Looming forage crisis requires farmers to take action to survive

We are in the middle of a developing forage crisis. On our grass-based livestock farm in Lena, Wis., we’ve been doing everything we can to ensure we can survive this forage crisis. Here are some tips to help your farm survive as well. Read more.

 

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Illinois farmer finds success growing, milling organic grains

Transitioning his first organic land in 2002, Harold Wilken is now known in the area as the farmer willing to manage conventional land through an organic transition. Farmers come to him, asking to have their conventional acres taken over. Read more.

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Thriving farmer looks to mentorship to increase production, efficiency

“If I mentor with someone, I can cut years off the learning process. A single tip that increases production by one percent or increases efficiencies by 5 minutes on a task, over the course of my farming career, the $350 fee is negligible. Truth of it is, I’ve probably already made it back.”  Read more.

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Green New Deal presents opportunity for farmers to help steer ag policy 

With the Green New Deal, farmers have a unique opportunity to transform the U.S. industrial agriculture system by lobbying for policies that support farming practices that build soil health, produce healthier food, revitalize rural economies, foster local and regional food security. Read more.

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Organic farmers access conservation programs to steward their land

With over 1,300 certified farms in Wisconsin, the state is second in the nation for the number of organic operations. To address natural resource concerns on their land, some of these farmers seek help from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). Read more.

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