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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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Grassfed Exchange Conference

I’ll be speaking at the Grassfed Exchange Conference in Bismark, ND Aug 20-22 (see below).  Seems like a long trip, but there’s grant money available to help you attend this important conference.  Farm Credit Services has agreed to provide funding … Continue reading

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Cover Crops Boosted Corn And Soybean Yields In 2012 Drought, Survey Shows

During last year’s historic drought, farmers who took advantage of cover crops, a soil-enhancing conservation practice, managed to improve their yields by as much as 14% compared to those who did not, a new survey shows. An increasing number of … Continue reading

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Pork Still Getting Squeezed

I grew up raising hogs.  It was my job to care for sows and feeder pigs starting at around 9 years old.  We always had about 15-20 sows when I was a kid, each in its own pen.  We had … Continue reading

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Networking in PA

Recently, I sat down with a colleague of mine from Pennsylvania.  Brian Snyder is the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA).  PASA has been around about as long as SFA, and has over 6,000 paid members. … Continue reading

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