January 2020 Issue
Acres U.S.A., The Voice of Eco-Agriculture, January 2020 | Issue #583 Copyright 2020, 100 pages
Holding Seeds Sacred
BY TRACY FRISCH
For many Native Americans, seeds are cherished relatives with whom one has a reciprocal relationship.
BY JILL HENDERSON
Chef Dan Barber has teamed with plant breeders to create a seed company that emphasizes taste and nutrition above all.
The Grain Guy
BY ALLIE HYMAS
California famer Larry Kandarian sows a head-spinning array of ancient, highly nutritious grains.
BY ANNELIESE ABBOTT
An organic Michigan dairy does things the old-fashioned way, distinguishing its milk with a glass bottling operation.
Maple and Millenials
BY DARCY AND DALE CAHILL
The maple industry aims marketing efforts at younger generations, touting the health benefits of this natural sweetener.
Interview: Kathleen Merrigan
The former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture talks about the challenges facing organic agriculture.
History: The Great Divide
BY ANNELIESE ABBOTT
Between 1950 and 1953, something dramatically changed in American agriculture. Interest in soil conservation and permanent agriculture declined sharply.
BY KARIN DANEKE
A farmer describes changing her mindset to one that values soil health and carbon sequestration above all else.
VIEW FROM THE COUNTRY
Monthly musings from Acres U.S.A.’s editor.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Readers share their thoughts on past articles and words of encouragement.
News in brief from around the world on developments in eco-farming technology, food and farming, human health and vital environmental issues.
CONSULTANT'S CORNER: The Components of Healthy Soil
BY JON FRANK
A fertile soil must have four major cycles functioning well at the same time.
BY NOEL GARCIA
Developing a plan to mitigate the effects of difficult field conditions is essential for the farmer to survive, and crops will need all the help they can get at the very start.
MINDING YOUR BUSINESS: Advice on Buying Farmland
BY TIM YOUNG
Before you spring for a new homestead or farm, make sure you ask the right questions and do your homework.
STOCK & FLOCK: Solar Sheep
BY REBEKAH PIERCE
The solar industry is succeeding, with an assist from sheep.
HARVEST TABLE: Fermentation Foundation
BY NICK BARNARD
Sauerkraut is an easy way to try your hand at the ancient and delicious art of food preservation.
REVIEWS & RECOMMENDATIONS
From in-depth book reviews to innovative websites and beyond, here’s what’s on our radar.
We let you know when and where exciting eco-farming events are happening.
MEET AN ECO-FARMER
Get to know fellow innovative farmers putting ecologically correct production principles to work, resulting in profitable, sustainable operations.
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