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Farmer to Farmer Networking: Central Lakes College Northern Fruits Workshop

Last week, I attended the Central Lakes College (Staples, MN) Northern Fruits Workshop.  It was an excellent example of Farmer to Farmer Networking.  There were several tours of the CLC farm, as well as workshops on successful varieties of fruits … Continue reading

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Some Ideas Take Time to Brew

“Wealth generated by beef enterprises that stays in local communities instead of being drained off to distant investors is real rural development” – Fred Kirschennmann Continue reading

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Farmers can lead on the GMO issue

Heard this debate on National Public Radio on the way home and was immediately taken back to the mid 1990s when I first started working in the GMO industry as a retail chemical sales agronomist in Michigan.  Monsanto Executive Robert Fraley is a principle … Continue reading

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Global Conservation – Land and Sea

Agricultural practitioners have known forever that everything in the environment is connected with every human being on the planet. Nothing new to us. SFA was started 25 years ago in part because of that very idea, that what we do … Continue reading

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Engaging Conventional Agriculture

Do we really believe sustainable agriculture, focused on building up its resources (soil, animals, people), is sustainable? Do we really believe industrial agriculture is not sustainable? I do. And if you do, I would encourage you to behave as if … Continue reading

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Midwest Soil Health Summit a Success

Soil Health is on the tip of a lot of tongues these days. The raging success of the 2014 Midwest Soil Health Summit just confirms its importance to today’s farmers. The conference was a sold-out day and a half of … Continue reading

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2013 Down, 2014 Coming Up!

As each year wraps up, its common to reflect on the past and vision about the future.  Well, 2013 was a great year for SFA.  If you are a paid member of SFA, you should  have received our annual Cornerpost … Continue reading

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A Sea Change in the Countryside

Why are Renewing the Countryside and Sustainable Farming Association working so hard on helping farms transition from one owner/operator to the next? Individual family farms are at the heart of US agriculture and of American history, stemming back to the … Continue reading

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2013 Grassfed Exchange Conference

Last week, I attended the 2013 Grassfed Exchange Conference in Bismarck, ND.  The Grassfed Exchange is a coordinated effort of producers and buyers of grassfed genetics that come together to form the Grassfed Exchange Committee.  Their desire is to provide … Continue reading

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What Makes Farmer’s Unique?

Wendell Berry, wrote in, Bringing it to the Table: Writings  on Farming and Food: “I have an idea that a lot of farmers have gone to a lot of trouble merely to be self-employed to live at least a part … Continue reading

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