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Community works on collective vision of organic future

More than 100 changemakers joined forces to create a path forward for organic farming into the year 2050 and beyond during Organic 2051, a forum held in conjunction with the 2019 MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wis. Read more.

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Commodity system creates persistent losses

The nation that claims to feed the world has created extensive supports and incentives for commodity production, but these encourage the market conditions that lead to persistent losses. Read more.

 

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Board of Directors announces leadership change

“The MOSES Board recognized the need for a leadership shift to move MOSES forward in line with its mission, vision, and values,” said David Perkins, Board President. The Board has tapped Program Director Lauren Langworthy to be the Interim Executive Director. Read more.

 

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Study shows pesticide levels drop dramatically after 1 week of eating organic

Can eating organic really reduce levels of pesticides in our bodies? A new peer-reviewed study published in the journal Environmental Research found that switching to an organic diet significantly reduced the levels of synthetic pesticides found in all participants in just one week. Read more.

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Understand employment law to get farm help you need

For farms to grow, farmers often need to hire additional labor, turning farmers into employers. As employers, farmers must know and follow employment laws. Read more.

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Pioneering CSA farmers retire, encourage others to share connection to land through CSA

One of the region’s oldest community supported agriculture (CSA) farms, Vermont Valley Community Farm in Blue Mounds, Wis., delivered its last CSA share in December. Owners Barb and David Perkins ended the thriving CSA so they could retire after 24 successful seasons. Read more.

 

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Management ‘wall’ creates efficiencies, reduces labor costs 

When I read The Lean Farm by Ben Hartman a couple of years ago, I was completely floored by the inefficiencies I could see in our farm operation. We have spent the last 2 years adapting to new processes, but by far, the way we changed how we managed our time has had the biggest impact on our bottom line and the overall stress on the farm. Read more.

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Vegetable CSA farm expands business with farmstead creamery

If you live in the Twin Cities area, you may have known Rama Hoffpauir and her husband, Josh Bryceson, for years as the Turnip Rock CSA vegetable farmers from Clear Lake, Wis. Now, Hoffpauir and Bryceson are becoming locally famous for the artisanal cheese they’re making in their farmstead creamery, Cosmic Wheel. Read more.

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Collaboration, connections key to successful 2019 MOSES Conference

Sandwiched between snowstorms, the 30th Annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference brought over 2,800 people to La Crosse, Wis., to share ideas, discover new resources, and make connections to improve the success of their farms or businesses. Read more.

 

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Lender explains what’s needed for smooth loan processing

The difference between an approved loan and a denied loan can be as simple as how a farmer provides the farm’s financial information for the lender to review. Read more.

 

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Farmer shares challenges, costs, results, of pastured pig demonstration project

At Hoch Orchard, we have been experimenting with animal rotations in our fruit plots for several years. We hoped to demonstrate the viability of adding animals to perennial fruit production, and believed this concept could be applied to any perennial system or even a mixed annual and perennial vegetable system.  Read more.

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