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Let’s say you’re a farmer in the Midwest, growing conventional corn and soybeans. Times are tough right now. Prices are in the toilet. If only you were selling organic soybeans and corn. They’re worth almost twice
When Joel Mathiowetz started planting corn this spring on his farm near Morton, Minn., he added the usual starter fertilizer to boost plant growth. But then he added something new: bacteria, right there in the soil
Organic farmers discuss challenges of transitioning to organic farming. From left to right: John Mesko, executive director at Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, Dave Bishop, owner of PrairiErth Farm, Tim Raile, owner of Raile Farms,
LANCASTER, Pa. — “We are constantly looking for new organic (soybean) growers,” said Boyd Station’s Spencer Miller. “We would like to buy more organic grain from Pennsylvania.” He and several other panelists shared tips and challenges
Regenerative agriculture takes proactive measures to replenish the earth, rather than gamble with the potential long-term consequences of standard farming practices. “Natural” and “organic” have experienced decades of growing pains as industry-shaping nomenclature. While the intricacies
When yogurt maker Dannon announced in 2016 that it would transition its products to non-GMO verified, they had to rely on farmers to provide non-GMO feed for the dairy cows that produce milk for its yogurt.
With the growing demand for organic foods in the U.S., there has been a backlash from agribusiness groups, companies, and individuals who see organic as a threat to their interests. These critics accuse the organic industry
The moment when Jerry Doan “finally got soil health” was when an Australian researcher visited his ranch, Black Leg Ranch in Burleigh County. It was the middle of summer, a hot 95-degree day in North Dakota.
Dirt is a complex, largely unexplored world _ and thanks to the efforts of a Minnesota scientist, is becoming one of the newest frontiers of farming and science. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There is life
In a 2018 documentary “The Most Unknown” leading microbiologist and Penn State Geoscientist, Jennifer Macalady expressed just how much we don’t know about the tiny universe of microbes and other micro life forms all around us.
Hello soil nerds, this might be a little advanced for most of us but here is a great read on microbial biodiversity in our soils. At the very least check out the beautiful charts and graphs
2019 is a big year for microbial pesticides and fertilizers. Many farmers and home gardeners are looking to use these products in hopes of improving their success. But with so many products hitting the market, how
Soil health is becoming a common phrase in Indiana. When you see someone no-tilling and using cover crops, you think about soil health. Just how important is soil health, and how can it impact your farm?
With spring gardens right around the corner, we are eagerly stocking up on potting and planting supplies. As we are preparing our bed plans for edibles and herbs, we raise the question, “is this fertilizer safe
As science and agriculture gain a better understanding of the complex and dynamic nature of soil health one thing is becoming more and more clear, our modern farming methods are destroying our soil and causing very
By adopting three practices—no-till farming, cover crops, and diverse crop rotations—farmers worldwide can help preserve the world’s soils, feed a growing global population, mitigate climate change, and protect the environment. This was the key message of
North Dakota farmer and rancher Gabe Brown thinks every day about a statement Canadian rancher Don Campbell made at a conference 20 years ago in Bismarck. “I’ll never forget. Don said, “‘If you want to make
Farmers and scientists are starting to get a much stronger grasp on soil health and how naturally occurring biological life & microorganisms in the soil benefits our plants in a number of ways. This microbiology also
The Senate Agriculture Committee passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill this week including provisions aimed at promoting soil health. These provisions include funding for a new USDA pilot project that will incentivize farmers in