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Good farmer-chef pairings—like bacon and eggs—depend
on timing

Most chefs choose to order from large food distributors, but for a handful of chefs committed to sourcing locally from farmers in their area, it’s more about relationships than efficiency.
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Plan now to manage risk during organic transition

The transition to organic production is much more than an economic decision. A farmer has to be willing to commit to a significant shift in production philosophy—not just a change in practices—in order to be successful. Read more.

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USDA’s failure to enact new livestock standards upends organic rule-making process

Acting in the interests of the organic sector, the Organic Trade Association’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to legally take USDA to task for not honoring its rule-making mandate as a federal agency. Read more.

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Rodale Institute, partners introduce Regenerative
Organic Certification

Rodale Institute has announced a new “Regenerative Organic Certification,” a holistic agriculture certification with guidelines for soil health and land management, animal welfare, and farmer and worker fairness. Read more.

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Young farmer creates livestock feed business with ‘waste’ produced by grain mills

Based on the idiom, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” Riverside Feeds takes organic/non-GMO food and feed-grade byproducts from multiple processing plants and remanufactures them into usable livestock protein. Read more.

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No farm heir? Start wheels in motion to find successor years before you retire

Farmland owners who have successfully transitioned to non-related successors have advice for you: start early. Decide what matters most for the future of your farmland. Read more.

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Longtime organic farmer shares skills as volunteer in Africa

Volunteering in the world re-oriented my thinking about realities of how anyone can truly help others. Farm life-skills and alternative practices can lift whole communities of people out of desperate circumstances in many parts of the world. Read more.

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Wisconsin farmers win freedom to sell home-baked goods

After years of waiting, Wisconsin bakers can finally can catch up with the rest of the country as the state’s ban on the sale of homemade baked goods has been officially lifted.
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