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Archive | November, 2014

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Diversified Farming Better for Wildlife

A study by scientists at Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley, published in Science, shows that evolutionarily distinct species suffer most heavily in intensively farmed areas. They also found, however, that an extraordinary amount of evolutionary history is sustained in diversified farming systems, which outlines a strategy for balancing agricultural activity and conservation efforts. […]

Rows of organically managed corn on the left compared to rows of conventionally managed corn on the right

Boosting Corn Yields By Balancing Nutrients

Corn is the one crop that exhibits production potential beyond the dreams of possibility. Twinning, even three ears per stalk, is evi­dently possible, even practical, albeit elusive.

Barley harvest in Washington. USDA photo.

Understanding Grain Defense Mechanisms

Crop scientists at Washington State University have explained how genes in the barley plant turn on defenses against aging and stressors like drought, heat and disease. Professor Diter von Wettstein and assistant research professor Sachin Rustgi showed that specific genes act as a switch that enables barley to live longer and become more tolerant of […]

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Understanding Grain Defense Mechanisms

Crop scientists at Washington State University have explained how genes in the barley plant turn on defenses against aging and stressors like drought, heat and disease. Professor Diter von Wettstein and assistant research professor Sachin Rustgi showed that specific genes act as a switch that enables barley to live longer and become more tolerant of […]

Defending Beef Book Review

Book Review: Defending Beef ─ The Case for Sustainable Meat Production

Defending Beef ─ The Case for Sustainable Meat Production by Nicolette Hahn Niman It’s the blurb below the subtitle that gets your attention — The Manifesto of an Environmental Lawyer and Vegetarian Turned Cattle Rancher — and then the author’s surname. Yes, she is married to that Niman, and yes, she still eats no meat, […]

Eliot Coleman Interview

Interview: Extending the Growing Season — Organic Farmer, Author Eliot Coleman Shares Strategies for Successful Year-Round Growing

Eliot Coleman interviewed by: Chris Walters Anyone attempting to grow fruits and vegetables in the winter will likely come across the work of Eliot Coleman. A tireless innovator and skilled communicator, Coleman began writing about organic growing an astonishing 39 years ago. Along with fellow writer and wife Barbara, he was the host of the TV […]