June 2020 Issue
Acres U.S.A., The Voice of Eco-Agriculture, June 2020 | Issue #588 Copyright 2020, 100 pages
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Viking Sheep Invade Farm
BY ALLIE HYMAS
Icelandic sheep are a triple threat, producing quality fiber, milk and meat. And because they originate in one of the harshest environments in the world, they’re tough as nails.
A Time to Graze
BY SPENCER SMITH
In a Holistic Planned Grazing system, knowing the right time to give pastures a rest is crucial to creating a resilient ecosystem and nutritious forage for cattle.
When to Wean
BY MEG GRESKI
Wild mammals don’t have human managers to wean their young. For their species to survive through thousands of years, they have reached a balance between lactation, successful rebreeding and preserving body condition.
BY NICHKI CARANGELO
Rabbits adapt well to many different conditions on the farm. However, two systems stand out above the rest, which range from the orthodox to the downright zany.
BY LEIGH GLENN
A Virginia couple puts life back into the soil by utilizing biodynamic preparations on a diverse farm operation.
No-Till and Algae
BY WILLIAM McKIBBEN
Although no-till farming has many advantages, in some situation it could be contributing algae blooms in fresh-water lakes.
Food For All
BY ANNELIESE ABBOTT
Implicit in much of the “feeding the world” discourse were the assumptions that global food production needed to be increased at a faster rate than population growth, that science and technology were the keys to increasing production worldwide and that organic production wasn’t up to the task.
Interview: Ben Goldfarb
Science writer Ben Goldfarb is the author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, which describes how this mammal plays a large role in restoring watersheds and wetlands, creating fertile ground, reducing flooding, enhancing biodiversity and filtering agricultural runoff.
VIEW FROM THE COUNTRY
Monthly musings from Acres U.S.A.’s managing editor.
OPINION: Surviving Planet Coronavirus
BY RONNIE CUMMINS
Remaining resilient in a time of unprecedented pandemic requires from us changes both political and personal.
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, organic food and farming, human health and vital environmental issues.
CONSULTANT’S CORNER: A Salute to Soil
BY JON FRANK
The key to achieving excellent quality crops with very high yield is to have a reserve of predigested minerals ready for plant uptake.
MINDING YOUR BUSINESS: The Power of Invoicing
BY MORGAN HOUK
Having a system in place will help grow your business and present a professional front to customers and vendors.
STOCK & FLOCK: Flocking to the Familiar
BY KELLY KLOBER
Although they might not have the exotic appeal of some heritage breeds, white-feathered chicken breeds are worth considering.
HARVEST TABLE: How to Source Quality Food
BY LEAH WEBB
Figuring out where to buy certain foods at the best price and quality will take some time and effort on your part — but your family is worth it.
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