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Archive | October, 2014

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Cover Crops Mean Big Business

There’s a new opening for rural America to create jobs and make farming more future-friendly, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation. The Growing Business of Cover Crops details new business opportunities arising from a resurgence in the ancient practice of cover crops. Over the last decade, many farmers started using cover […]

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True Grit in Battle Against Weeds

U.S. Department of Agriculture agronomist Frank Forcella has devised a tractor-mounted system that uses compressed air to shred small annual weeds like common lambsquarters with high-speed particles of grit made from dried corn cobs. Ongoing field trials may confirm the system’s potential to help organic growers tackle infestations of weeds that have sprouted around the […]

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Organic Fire Blight Control

Oregon State University researchers have proven the effectiveness of two organic alternatives for controlling fire blight. Scientists found that spraying a yeast-based product and new water-soluble copper products at the beginning of the growing season provided protection from the bacterial disease. Spread by bees and rain, fire blight remains dormant in trees over winter and […]

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Organic Fire Blight Control

Oregon State University researchers have proven the effectiveness of two organic alternatives for controlling fire blight. Scientists found that spraying a yeast-based product and new water-soluble copper products at the beginning of the growing season provided protection from the bacterial disease. Spread by bees and rain, fire blight remains dormant in trees over winter and […]

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Meet an Eco-Farmer: Diamond P Farm

Why did you begin farming? I went looking for local food in our county at farmers’ markets and there was none, so I started a CSA on our farm with 10 members and over six years that morphed into a rent-a-row program where I now teach families in the community to grow their own food […]

André Leu Interview

Interview: Poisoning Paradise for Profit — International Organic Authority, Author & Farmer André Leu Shatters the Myths of Safe Pesticides

André Leu interviewed by: Chris Walters Over the years a queasy complacency has replaced the alarm once triggered by the subject of pesticides. While millions of people strive to avoid using them or eating food containing residues, many millions more accept their continued use in the belief that agricultural chemicals are understood, regulated and used […]