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Farmers experiment with cover crop, no-till corn

My husband, Doug Alert, and I have been intrigued with the idea of no-till organic. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to grow crops with no herbicide and no tillage? Read more.


Smart strategies help cut winter feeding costs

Winter feeding is the costliest part of a cattle operation. What cattle eat accounts for an average of 73-75 percent of the total cost of an operation; 70-80 percent of that is the cost of feeding in winter. Read more.


Small grains can be entry point to organic

Finding good information about local small grains agronomy—how to produce the crop in your region—can be challenging, especially if you want to grow small grains organically. Read more.


Mushroom grower expands business with guidance from expert-mentor

Through the MOSES Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program, mushroom expert Joe Krawczyk has provided Jeremy McAdams with valuable insights, saving him both time and money as he expands his small farm business. Read more.


Tax planning helps farmers maximize farm earnings

Though income tax planning has been around as long as there has been a tax upon income, far too few farmers take advantage of the process. What exactly is tax planning and why is it important? Read more.


Sterile landscape not solution to feeding world

Challenges to our food system continue to grab headlines—avian influenza, bacteria in meat, contaminated produce, herbicide-resistant weeds. Read more.


Research evaluates green manures as fertilizer in organic soybean-winter wheat-corn rotation

Farmers can grow a green manure crop between winter wheat harvest in July and corn planting the following May. Green manures are plants grown specifically…. Read more.


Ask questions, plan ahead for successful transition to organic dairy

To make a successful transition and get certified organic, it pays to ask the right questions ahead of time, come up with a plan, and know the costs before starting. Read more.


Book explains all aspects of growing medicinal herbs

As a small-scale organic medicinal herb farmer myself, I was intrigued when I saw this recently published Chelsea Green book, The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer. Read more.


Additional Content in PDF

  • Letter from Executive Director
  • Update on avian influenza
  • News Briefs
  • Classifieds
  • Calendar of Events

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