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Growing hemp for CBD presents opportunities, challenges for farmers

Hemp is a wild new frontier for American farmers. Farmers, marketers, processers, and researchers are scrambling to figure out best practices and develop reliable supply chains. This is especially true for hemp harvested for cannabidiol (CBD). Read more.


‘Meatless’ farms not ideal for regenerative system

With the Amazon burning, the call is out to abandon beef, or meat altogether, as the most effective way to save the rainforest.  However, many farmers say the jump to condemn animal agriculture misses the point; the question shouldn’t be whether or not we eat meat, but how and where animals are raised. Read more.


Farm Beginnings, MOSES Conference key to setting new farmers on path to success

When she graduated from the Land Stewardship Project (LSP) Farm Beginnings course in 2011, Hannah Breckbill had solid grounding in how to develop a business and marketing plan, set goals, and develop networks with other farmers who were interested in organic, regenerative food production. She’s not alone. Read more.


Research project develops naked barley varieties suited for organic production

The most common barley grains grown worldwide today are covered with a hull (an outer layer) that is firmly attached to the grain. Now, researchers from across the country are working to bring naked barley back. Read more.


Researchers test robots that locate, remove weeds without damaging crops

Researchers at the University of Illinois are working to provide alternative tools for weed control: small, autonomous robots that work together in teams, removing weeds at the ground level. Read more.


Mentor program helps northern Minnesota Band work toward food sovereignty

Just as fertile soil is the foundation of a successful organic farm, the MOSES Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program is the foundation of farmer success. Read more.


As reports of dicamba drift rise, groups move forward with lawsuit 

Each year since Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant Xtend seeds hit the market, farmers and rural communities have braced for record levels of pesticide drift. This season, the number of reports is even higher despite the new label restrictions for applications. Read more.


Minnesota court cases reveal legal issues in pesticide drift incidents

Deciding who is responsible for damages in a pesticide drift situation can be challenging, as organic farmers in Minnesota discovered when they sued a pesticide applicator. Read more.


Regenerative organic agriculture has potential to halt climate change

We can stop the climate crisis. The answer is regenerative organic agriculture. And the time to implement it is now.

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