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Illinois organic corn project shows promise, but needs more farms in trials

What if organic corn were developed for and by organic farmers? For farmers getting by with the limited options currently on the market, it may seem like a pipe dream. But a year-old University of Illinois project has big plans to make this happen. Read more.

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MOSES to honor organic trailblazers at conference

Each year, MOSES honors organic farmers who practice outstanding land stewardship, innovation, and outreach through the MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year award. The 2019 recipients, Jim Riddle and Joyce Ford of Blue Fruit Farm in Winona, Minn., exemplify all three award criteria to the fullest. Read more.

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IFOAM North America offers organic community forum to air diverse opinions

IFOAM Organics International, organized in 1972 to lead and unite the world’s diverse organic movements, is one of the oldest and most established organic agriculture organizations in the world. Read more.

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Farm Bill provides increased support for organic

The 2018 Farm Bill finally passed near the end of the year. In the coming months, more information about changes to funding and programs will become available as rulemaking and administrative processes take place. For now, here’s an update about some of the impacts of the 2018 Farm Bill. Read more.

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Organic inspector shares tips to make inspection go smoothly

These winter months are a natural time to regroup, reassess, and make new plans on the farm. Record-keeping is a fact of life for all of us, but especially for those certified as organic producers. Understanding what goes on at the certification agency can help us embrace the paperwork and appreciate the inspection process as vital and important. Read more.

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Organic transition allows family farm to remain profitable

There has been much discussion, regionally and nationally, about the future of dairy, including organic dairy. But, as some farms are selling off, others are trying a new approach by transitioning to organic. Read more.

 

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Book honors African roots while providing guide to small-scale farming 

While entertaining us with family adventures, author Leah Penniman shares stories, cultures, chants, recipes, curricula, and much more from her life’s work as a farmer and co-founder and co-director of Soul Fire Farm. Read more.

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New year provides good point to assess financial outlook, set goals

The start of a new year is a good time to assess your farm’s financial condition. The steps outlined here and in the Fearless Farm Finances online course highlight best practices.  Read more.

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Additional Content in PDF

PDF of Jan | Feb (9 MB)

  • Letter from the executive director:  MOSES expands specialist network
  • Ask a Specialist:  “Will hemp production be legal with the new Farm Bill?”
  • Ask a Specialist:   “I’d like to diversify my farm by planting ‘superfood’ fruits. Do you have tips on growing elderberries and aronia?”
  • Forum set to create path forward for organic agriculture
  • Weather, markets, more create risky environment for farming
  • News Briefs
  • Organic Classifieds
  • Community Calendar

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