partnered with the Institute for Agricultural Trade Policy to
bring you coverage of the World Trade Organization meeting that
starts next Wednesday, September 10, in Cancun, Mexico. Why cover
the WTO? Because it will be debating ag policy and trade issues
that will affect farmers worldwide--from fair trade and subsidies
to agricultural dumping.
Our coverage begins
today with background pieces on the agricultural trade and policy
issues that are at stake in sunny Mexico. (It's ironic, isn't it,
that the WTO meeting is being held in Mexico, where a free trade
agreement--WTO policy in action--has devastated small farmers.)
All of our Cancun coverage is listed on our
Coming next week: More background
information on key ag policy issues, daily news updates during the
5 days of the conference, daily audio interviews with grassroots
organizations and people attending the conference, and post-conference
analysis of what happened on the key issues affecting farmers.
On the Extension front: We
continue to get a lot of response to our series of essays about
Extension and its relationship to organic. Got a great note last
week from Steve Bridges, President of the Texas Organic Growers
Association. He tells me their local extension agent came to them
six months ago, asking for help with all the questions he was getting
about organic production methods. They've developed a good relationship,
and Steve and his community of organic growers are bringing their
agent along slowly. We welcome your thoughts, comments and experiences
on this issue. Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Something to watch out for next week:
We have a very nice piece on what Minnesota farmers
are discovering about rye cover crops as a weed suppressant in no-till
soybeans. We'll also share our own experiments with rye cover crops
here at The Rodale Institute--including information on a front mounted
roller we developed to crimp and kill the rye at planting.
See you at Farm Aid. We'll
have a booth at the Farm Aid concert this Sunday, September 7 in
Columbus, Ohio. If you're there, stop by and say hi!
--Chris Hill, Executive Editor
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