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University of Illinois introduces new wheat suited for organic production

A new, taller wheat variety designed for hardiness and for the organic market has been certified, and was introduced to the public last September during an event celebrating farm-to-fork research at the University of Illinois. Read more.


Organic hydroponics not yet on solid ground

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) narrowly voted down a proposal to prohibit hydroponic systems in organic production. But, the 8-7 vote did not give a clear stamp of approval to organic hydroponics. Read more.


Changes in the works to strengthen National Organic Program’s organic seed policy

The NOSB is tweaking its organic seed policy proposal in preparation for the board’s spring meeting. These changes would result in clearer guidance and more consistent enforcement of the organic seed requirement. Read more.


Farmer to Farmer Podcast brings market farmers closer together

The first Farmer to Farmer Podcast episode went online in February 2015 during that year’s MOSES Organic Farming Conference. Three years and 150 episodes later, the podcast has matured and gained tremendous popularity among market farmers. Read more.


CSA farmer struggles to find ways to boost members’ interest, participation

This past year, in response to what I feared was going to be a monumental decline of CSA sign-ups, a decrease in farmers market sales, and general disinterest in legitimate local and organic food, I got real with my CSA program. It’s not fitting people’s needs anymore. Read more.


Longtime farmer hires young couple as employees with eye to succession

Soon turning 65 years old, Paul Bickford is in the beginning stages of another big change: partnership with a young couple, John and Halee Wepking, who may eventually become owners in his 950-acre operation. Read more.


University partners with local farmers on greenhouses for winter production

Through its Deep Winter Greenhouse initiative, the University of Minnesota Extension’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) and five producers throughout the state are testing prototypes to see if it is possible to profitably grow crops in Minnesota winters. Read more.


Food activist points out path to more inclusive food system

LaDonna Redmond will address the issues of equity and justice in the nation’s food system during a workshop at the 2018 MOSES Organic Farming Conference (11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23). She plans to challenge participants to examine their own positions in the food system to explore ways to build a more diverse and inclusive food system. Read more.



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