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Organic cropland taking root in Illinois

Of the 20 million acres of cropland in Illinois, only 0.15 percent (41,000 acres) are certified organic (USDA 2014 Organic Agriculture Census). But, the trend toward organic is growing…. Read more.

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How do new food safety rules impact your farm?

The U.S. FDA recently finalized two major rules—known informally as the “Produce Rule” and the Preventive Controls or “Facilities Rule”—under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). As we enter FSMA’s implementation phase, this article lays out some of the main issues in the rules for farmers. Read more.

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State of organics in 2016 looks hopeful

In the world of organic agriculture, we continue to face challenges but have good reason for optimism, too. The general public, government agencies, private companies and nonprofits continue to wake up to the benefits organic agriculture provides. Read more.

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USDA offers bold, new crop insurance where none has gone before

Crop insurance is an important tool to help farmers and ranchers manage economic and production-based risks. It provides a safety net that offers stability and protects the long-term investment…. Read more.

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New book maps out steps for producing, marketing organic grain

Marketing Organic Grains covers a variety of topics, such as the importance of organic standards, as well as addressing the actual nuts and bolts of contracting organic grains. Read more.

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Research documents labor efficiencies on organic diversified vegetable farms

One of the biggest challenges for diversified vegetable growers, particularly those just starting their farm business, is determining their cost of production in order to set prices that ensure a profit. Read more.

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Prepare livestock now for healthy birthing season

My husband and I have a mid-sized flock of sheep on our farm in west-central Wisconsin. This time of year, the ewes are happily awaiting spring lambs. We realize that a healthy lambing season—or birthing season for any animal—requires planning and care long before the impending births. Read more.

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Care needed to supply methionine in organic poultry rations

All species of poultry require a well-balanced ration in order to produce meat or eggs on a consistent basis. Since feed can be the number one cost in poultry production, farmers want to maximize feed conversion…. Read more.

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Set goals that include ‘wants, needs, fears’ to ensure successful farm transfer

The steadily climbing average age of the American farmer combined with high prices of farmland—mostly driven up by institutional investors—makes it increasingly difficult to transfer farm assets…. Read more.

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New project gives farm families tools to keep children safe on the farm

The statistics on farm accidents among U.S. children are sobering, if not downright terrifying. Every day, about 38 children are injured on farms, and a child dies about every three days from a farming-related incident…. Learn more.

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Additional Content in PDF

Complete January | February PDF (10 MB)

  • Letter from Executive Director
  • Beginning Farmers: make connections, find support, expand farming skills at MOSES 2016
  • Ask a Specialist Answers
  • News Briefs
  • Classifieds
  • Calendar of Events

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