Source: Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented awards on Oct. 16 at the annual Iowa State University Alumni Association Honors and Awards ceremony.
Dwight Hughes Jr., received the Floyd Andre Award, which recognizes alums who have made outstanding contributions to production agriculture, agricultural business or who have significantly... Read More
University of Illinois Extension is looking for organic and sustainable farmers with weed problems to participate in on farm research.
“In 2009, 15 Illinois farmers participated in the project,” said Dan Anderson, University of Illinois Extension specialist. “We visited their farms, helped them identify weed-management issues and developed some strategies to help them solve the problem.”
Andersen hopes to have 20 participants this year.
Organic and sustainable farmers across the midwest report that managing perennial weeds without chemicals is one of their most... Read More
The guide lists more than 60 organizations that can offer assistance for those interested in local and regional food systems including: programs, funders, and consultants that offer assistance to Iowa producers, processors, food retailers, and communities. The directory provides contact information, type of assistance offered, program examples, and audiences targeted by... Read More
Founded by Will Allen, Growing Power is a farm, food distribution hub, and training center. Growing Power has received and been involved in several NCR-SARE projects, and has collaborated with SARE in presenting workshops such as "Growing Community from the Ground Up."
Presented in conjunction with the USDA’s Risk Management Agency and SARE, From the... Read More
Beltsville, MD –Throughout the 2006-2007 droughts, a West Virginia beef and crop farmer maintained yields and produced quality vegetables on his 1,900-acre operation. His secret: using no-till and other ecologically based soil management methods.
A small-grain and vegetable farmer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley used an intensive, carefully timed cover cropping program for 20 years. The result: little to no soil erosion from his farm into the Willamette River, and significant fuel savings from reducing tillage.
A Lancaster County, Penn. farmer used no-till, rotations and cover crops on his 215-acre... Read More
College Park, MD – Black American agricultural experiences are grounded in unique cultural, historical and ecological experiences. They range from the agronomic traditions brought from Africa and the experience of slavery to sharecropping, tenant farming and the story of migration to the industrial North, to contemporary concerns about foodsystems issues. To understand these forces is to better understand the values, challenges and opportunities shared by America’s black farmers today.
Land and Power: Sustainable Agriculture and African Americans, a new collection of essays published by SARE,... Read More
In 2008, FamilyFarmed.org created and published Wholesale Success: A Farmer’s Guide to Selling, Post Harvest Handling, and Packing Produce. The manual gives detailed and easy to read information for a farmer audience on topics such as Characteristics of Wholesale Growers, Pricing, Building Relationships with Buyers, and Calculating Return on Investment. In addition, it collects state of the art information on critical topics such as post harvest handling, packing produce, and food safety, and it presents these topics in a very readable and compelling format. ... Read More
A new publication is available for consumers and producers who are interested in learning more about buying and marketing local beef or pork, bringing together useful information into a single resource.
Created by the Iowa State University's Small Meat Processors' Working Group, "Beef and Pork Whole Animal Buying Guide" explains buying whole animals or portions buying pork and beef from local producers.
The publication explains both pork and beef cuts, livestock and meat marketing terminology, storage, processing, aging, meat handling and preparation, and meat inspection.... Read More
The thermal banking technology that Steven Schwen uses in his innovative greenhouse (see Sustainable Energy: Thermal Banking Greenhouse Design) applies not only to conservation of heat, but to cold storage and refrigeration. In this short companion video, Schwen discusses his plans for an ice house at his farm in Minnesota, and how this project is a logical extension of his energy conservation strategy. When completed, the ice house will provide cold storage and a comfortable place for packing his produce during warm summer months.
To read more about Schwen's... Read More
February 9-10, 2010
Monona Terrace, Madison, WI
The Dairy Business Innovation Center, the UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection are partnering with a national organization, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), to host a conference about energy efficiency and sustainability in agriculture in February 2010.
This will be the third annual ACEEE Forum on Energy Efficiency in Agriculture, but the first to be held in Wisconsin.... Read More