The New Farm® Archives 2007

December 2007:

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Book Reviews: Good reads
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Dr Paul's Research Perspectives: Fabricated food has become a profitable problem
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One farm to another: He's making his list and checking....the price of grain?
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Intern Journal: Those cabin fever blues
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Canada’s efforts to make organics official have come a long way, still work to be done
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Delivering on a quality promise
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Striking a balance
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On the Plains, there’s room outside the box
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Ask Jeff: Can I plant a rye cover crop in the spring?
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Variation is a good thing
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Reader Mail: Do you have a list of farms that cater to Muslims for the festivals of Eid?
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Reader Mail: What can you tell me about integrated weed management and no-till?
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Reader Mail: How can I get involved with the "eat local" effort in my area?
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Reader Mail: Can I post a classified ad on New Farm if I don't live in the United States?
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Reader Mail: Can I get a list of past OPR price lists?
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If it’s fresh and local, is it always greener?
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Safety fears prompt Europe to consider first ban on GM crop
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Oil expert says in 100 years all farming will be organic
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Organic undersupply stunts market growth
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Hog MRSA infection spreading to farmers in Europe, Canada
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Floods decimate farms in Southwest Washington

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November 2007:

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Reader Mail: How can I update my information in the Organic Certifiers Database?
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Reader Mail: Can you send me a list of organic farmers who sell directly to the public?
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Reader Mail: How can I sell my homegrown products at farmers' markets?
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Reader Mail: How much is tuition for your online Transition-to-Organic course?
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Reader Mail: Can you tell me more about the feasability of growing crops for ethanol?
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Reader Mail: Can you help me with the business planning of an organic farmstead?
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Farm-to-school buys create local markets
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Ethanol better, or worse, than gasoline
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Paper explains GMO issues in organics
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Survey links local foods with extra value
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New mycotoxin website identifies feed risks
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Excessive N depletes soil organic carbon
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State prevents honest label for rBGH-free milk
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One farm to another: Fall drought demands invoking Plan D—or creating it
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Intern Journal: Playing with your food
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Dr Paul's Research Perspectives: Measuring on-farm soil carbon changes
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A vision of Misty Brook
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Emerging technology may give farmers instant read in the field on soil-carbon changes
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Promoters of national livestock ID plan shift to focus on benefits of global traceability
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Pioneering Illinois farmer recounts transition to organic
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Heartland Mill continues to pioneer organic agriculture

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October 2007:

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Ask Jeff: What equipment do I need and how do I start making hay?
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Ask Jeff: How much rye should I use in my no-till oats/vetch/rye mix?
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Reader Mail: Are there any specs to build the no-till roller for do-it-yourselfers?
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Reader Mail: Can I get this newsletter and course info if I live in Canada?
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Reader Mail: Is it possible for agents to travel to another country to do a certification?
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Reader Mail: What would be a good cover crop to use after conventional corn?
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Article addresses organic farming disasters
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Food co-op to buy, operate Gardens of Eagan
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USDA: market will resolve ethanol/food issues
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Biotech rice genetic escape “a mystery”
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Compost cuts black root rot in strawberries
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Op/ed: FAO issues report calling for new thinking on avian flu poultry risks
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Intern Journal: A matter of perspective
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Lessons learned in a mature organic sector
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A Homegrown Festival
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Heritage breeds perfect for small-farm revival in Missouri’s River Hills
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The skinny on a big problem…weeds

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September 2007:

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Low wheat stores threaten famine relief
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Goal: 10 percent organic by 2010
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Video boosts flood fund for organic farmers
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Groups call for food-systems in public plans
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Library offers extensive sustainable ag expertise
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Aurora Organic Dairy agrees to alter practices
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Livestock diversity critical for changing climates
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West African rice farmers explore alternatives to cheap, dangerous insecticides
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Seize pre-harvest gaps to plan on-farm research
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Staying connected
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Ask Jeff: Can you provide more details on planting organic no-till rotations?
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Ask Jeff: Should I ted my wet hay or just let it lay?
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Reader Mail: How do I work out a land lease agreement?
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Reader Mail: To raise organic chickens, do I have to start with organic chicks ?
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Reader Mail: Is it profitable for me to grow corn for ethanol?
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Reader Mail: What do I need to do to sell wild-harvested rice as organic?
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Reader Mail: Where would I find bulk seed for annual rye and hairy vetch?
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Reader Mail; When will we be able to see market prices for poultry and meat?
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Improved compost mix great on the pad, but slow to deliver in the field
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Institute seeks Communications Director
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Cheap biofuel feedstocks take a toll on soil health
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Boston common
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Recipe for success

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August 2007:

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Autism linked to prenatal pesticide exposure
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Organic food boosts quality of mother’s milk
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Chefs say local, organic are top trends
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NC legislature bans new hog waste lagoons
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Online map shows factory farm details
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Crops absorb antibiotics through manure
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Resistance mounts to almond fumigation
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Raw-milk market booms despite barriers
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Replacing imports with local food
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Reader Mail: Where can I get information on grants, loans and NOP guidelines?
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Reader Mail: Where can I learn more about micro farming?
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Reader Mail: How can I send you an important press release and calendar item?
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Reader Mail: May I print your articles and distribute them at my farmers' market stand?
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Reader Mail: How can I be listed in your Farm Directory?
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Reader Mail: Can I sell my homegrown veggies on NewFarm.org?
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Reader Mail: Where can I go to learn about organic farming?
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Book Review: Less nutritious and more toxic
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Intern Journal: Transitions
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The end of farming for me, for now
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Local food networks reflect progress and potential
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Yes, Africa can feed itself—through a sustainable agriculture revolution
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Strategic thinking
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Bootstrapping the organic market for NZ lamb

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July 2007:

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The Rodale Institute welcomes first CEO
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Ask Jeff: What's a good planter/cultivator system that doesn't cost an arm and a leg?
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Ask Jeff: How do I thicken my new hay planting?
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Ask Jeff: Any advice for restoring my old hay fields?
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Reader Mail: Where do I find local support for raising organic, free-range beef cattle?
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Reader Mail: What does it take to set up an investors/buyers group for produce?
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Reader Mail: What is NewFarm.org's stance on combining COOL with NAIS?
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Reader Mail: How do I certify my tree farm organic?
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Reader Mail: What can I give my rooster for persistent ear infections?
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Contaminated hay mulch knocks out crops at Waterpenny Farm
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Canadian organic food tops $1 billion in sales
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Ag-chemical air pollution faces new limits
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Mixing varieties increases wheat yield
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Air-freighting organic food questioned in U.K.
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Natural fungus key to whitefly control product
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Booklets creatively dissect Farm Bill issues
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Island nations to exploit GMO-free status
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One farm to another: Welcoming interns to the farm brings potential benefits
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Reckoning with the natural, sustainable self
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Book Review: A good overview of how meat-goats are different from the rest
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Cover crops offer benefits from fertility to weed management
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The Real deal in organic pastured poultry
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Weeds of the globally warmed future, Part II
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Alberta couple pioneers organic fruit wine enterprise

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June 2007:

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Ask Jeff: Can you tell me more about using vinegar as an herbicide?
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Ask Jeff: Should I use my harrow or rotary hoe to control the weeds in my corn?
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Ask Jeff: Can I roll my field of monster hairy vetch?
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Group goal to expand rights of small farmers to sell whole food to willing buyers
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Reader Mail: Can I plant buckwheat as a cover? Any tips for building a root cellar?
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Reader Mail: Are there loans specifically for minority farmers?
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Reader Mail: How can we keep our community garden free of dangerous pesticides?
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Reader Mail: Where can I find a farming partner?
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Reader Mail: What does it take to be an organic farmer?
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Reader Mail: What chicken breed is best for us?
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Change chemical regulation, group says
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California dairy loses organic certification
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Farmer John movie hits theatres
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Bacteria in food may lead to “super bugs”
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Iowa study: organics better for region
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Organic methods for safe leafy greens
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Research Perspectives: Correlation between ag chemicals and birth impacts
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One farm to another: Make time to leave home for farmer-to-farmer learning
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Intern Journal: Sustainability in a wasteful world
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Shouldn’t the market serve us, instead of the other way around?
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Whacking the hornet nest: Talking about humane cow care is a good thing, isn’t it?
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Undocumented workers need to be respected, paid and given a way forward
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Fact sheet lists critical areas for raw-milk safety
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Weeds of the globally warmed future
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Going (well) against the grain, emmer and all

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May 2007:

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In Season: Life on EARTH
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One Farm to Another: Scrambling to find Plan B after a nasty winter for vetch
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Intern Journal: The root of everything
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Letter from Ontario: Ontario farm innovation awards hit the mark
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Ask Jeff: Do I need to apply compost through my planter like starter fertilizer?
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Ask Jeff: What hay mixture is best for my farm?
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Ask Jeff: How do I get no-till soybeans started?
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Reader Mail: Why are my turkeys not incubating properly?
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Reader Mail: How do I certify my land organic?
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Reader Mail: Can I position my greenhouse north to south?
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Reader Mail: Just passing along a helpful tip?
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Reader Mail: I need some advice on managing my mixed herd
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Reader Mail: Do you offer training in India?
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Sustainable Farm Bill action
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Think tank says buy out all crop subsidies
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Judge orders halt to GMO alfalfa planting
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Experts detail pesticide caution for bees
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Sharp food-price inflation seen ahead
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UK tells citizens to eat seasonally
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Meeting in the middle
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Bellies up
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Bare earth is scorched earth
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When it comes to animal health and welfare, there are worse things than antibiotics
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Chucking the classroom for the carrot patch
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Are all your eggs in one basket?
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From the Garden State to the Sunshine State

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April 2007:

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Letter from Ontario; Everyone has an opinion on farm size
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Intern Journal: Take cover
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Dr Paul's Research Perspectives: “Old” Asian Soybean Rust research holds clues
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One Farm to Another: Legumes buffer organic farms from this year’s high N costs
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Earlier-flowering hairy vetch a great advance, but northern farmers need more
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Reader Mail: Improvement in organic yield due to increase in buffering capacity?
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Reader Mail: Can you give me more information on organic farming in Nebraska?
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Reader Mail: Certified Naturally Grown versus Certified Organic?
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Going broke in BC
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“Equivalent” in sourcing crop seeds isn’t really equity
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Ask Jeff: Does organic farming increase an area's weed population?
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Ask Jeff: Would a disc or a rototiller be a better purchase for me?
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Ask Jeff: Is there software out there for organic recordkeeping?
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Harvesting a sense of place from Italy's agriculture
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Vermont rallies for 2007 Farm Bill input
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Farmers and chefs connect through great food
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Co-op launches regional food effort
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Cause of honeybee die-off still unknown
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Group deconstructs anti-organic report
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Organic dairy giant ups commitments
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Arsenic residue taints US rice
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Public comment extended for cloning issue

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March 2007:

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Group threatens USDA suit over organic grazing regs
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New site romances Iowa’s place-based foods…
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…as new webzine boosts the local in New England
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Factory farming hearings to travel the country
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New water filter purifies without chemicals
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Send back the clones
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Farmers need an organized way to improve organic seed quality
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Seed allowances help farmers, make bigger seed business investment more risky
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Organic seed producers have to release high-quality seed to build confidence
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Seed quality problematic, as is need for more genetic information
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Vegetable growers in tight rotations can’t afford seeds that fail
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Ask Jeff: What is the best way to seed a new pasture?
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Ask Jeff: Any advice for getting my farm and greenhouse certified?
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Ask Jeff: What can be frost seeded besides clover?
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Ask Jeff: How do I work out a fair land lease agreement?
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Reader Mail: Is worm farming a possibility for us?
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Reader Mail: How can I break into farming gradually?
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Reader Mail: How can I stop my chickens from eating their own eggs?
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No Till + quick wrap
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Researchers roll out the details of 2006 no-till organic corn numbers
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One Farm to Another: Spring gleanings as winter melts into spring
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Letter from Saskatchewan: Ag income in most provinces will decrease in 2007
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Letter from Ontario: How can farming be so challenging, yet so stimulating and fun?
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Training transforms lives of Mexican subsistence farmers and field laborers
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A good life, if you can do it: selling direct to the wholesale market
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Judge rules careful herdshare arrangements are a legal deal in Ohio
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What women (farmers) want
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Fertile Ground
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California farmers dropping organic certification

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February 2007:

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One Farm to Another: People and their questions make my work a delight
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Dr Paul's Research Perspectives: Organic challenges conventional for yield potential
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Intern Journal: Salatin keynote gets the wheels turning
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Organic farmers left holding the bag for substandard seed
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Berry good news
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You have to know your (vegetable) colors to eat them
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No more airborne organic for UK consumers?
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Boiler could make switchgrass biofuel a boon for farmers
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Hessian fly back on top
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Can you clone an organic cow?
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Snow as snow
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The end was the beginning: Things are much better five years into a re-started CSA
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Can I feed soy hay to my horses?
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Can I plant soybeans witha 7-inch no-till grain drill?
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Do you have measurement details for the roller?
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Where can I find hull-less barley seed?
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Which came first, the chicken or the house?
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Get ready for global warming
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2007 Farm Bill
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Thanks for the inspiration
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Organic farmers left holding the bag for substandard seed
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What's best to plant between vegetable rows that won't compete for nutrients?
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Is it better to feed chickens organic grains or have them out on pasture?
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How can we as community tackle land access for farmers?
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What's your latest research on carbon sequestration and mycorrhizal fungi?
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How can carbon and nitrogen be sequestered and still be "available"?
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Can you help me with these questions for my school project?
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Do you have an organic program for African farmers?
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How can we get your support for an agricultural project in South America?

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January 2007:

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What can we grow between hardwood trees in Guatemala?
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What do I need to do to start alfalfa on pasture land?
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How can I manage weeds in a no-till system without herbicides?
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Native fruit bolsters immune systems in birds and is used to treat Avian Flu-like disease
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More than one way to determine healthy soil…
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Is there an East Coast university offering a degree in organic agriculture?
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Do the solutions you propose for Senegal hold true for the rest of Africa?
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Why are bats dying around wind farms?
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Farm Locator directory users believe online marketing future strong
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Let it snow (or freeze, at least)
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Year 2006 is breakthrough for organic no-till corn yield
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First year on the NOSB: Hard work, tough issues, good energy
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Will alternate farm bill options retain agricultural safety net?
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Studies document factory farm downsides
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“Who Owns Organic” roadmap updated
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Study: Small hog farms cut salmonella risks
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“Greener Eggs & Ham” report highights grass
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Brown: Grain-to-fuel hopes wildly misplaced
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Farmer floats web-support service for farmers
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China halts corn for biofuel on food concern
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Report: keep biofuels sustainable
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Scientists seek to disable aflatoxin genes
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The right web-based mailing program frees farmers to farm
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Poor Taste
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Fighting for the future of our family farm
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Young farmer couple and established landowner explore innovative land access
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Vermonters work in many ways to re-weave local food system

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