December 2019 Issue
Acres U.S.A., The Voice of Eco-Agriculture, December 2019 | Issue #582 Copyright 2019, 100 pages
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BY ECO-AG CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
Leaders in agriculture and human health will flock to Minneapolis this month for the Eco-Ag Conference. Read what some of them have to say.
Making Great Grains
BY LEE ALLEN
Farmers and bakers are working together to revive cultivation of heritage grains like khorasan wheat.
Converting to Cannabis
BY DALE AND DARCY CAHILL
Tobacco farmers in Connecticut are finding financial hope in growing newly legalized hemp.
Legacy of Leadership
BY ALLIE HYMAS
A Georgia farmer and educator is following in the footsteps of her African American grandmother, a trailblazer far ahead of her time.
Banking on Seed Savings
BY JILL HENDERSON
Though it has fallen out of fashion, farmers can make real money on harvesting seeds — if they plan carefully.
Pesticides on Trial
BY ANNELIESE ABBOTT
The debate about pesticide necessity and safety is not new. In fact, one of the first times this issue was debated publicly in the United States was in 1950.
Interview: Andrew Mefferd
Author of The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution explains how his no-plow approach to cultivation can fight climate change.
Interview: Claire Robinson
In the second installment of a two-part interview, the GM Watch editor explains how the GMO revolution has compromised soil health.
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.
OPINION: Letter to Sonny Perdue
BY GREG GALBRAITH
The Secretary of Agriculture says the big will get bigger and the small will go out. The ghost of Earl Butz is dancing for joy, but small farmers need to speak out.
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: Becoming a Soil Craftsman
BY JON FRANK
For the most part, fertile soil is crafted — not inherited. That is really good news since it means we can use stewardship to improve the health and productivity of the land.
MINDING YOUR BUSINESS: Turn Winter into Marketing Win
BY TIM YOUNG
As winter approaches, why not take advantage of the slower time to focus on one of the most critical areas of your farm? Marketing ...
STOCK & FLOCK: Renewing Soil in High Style
BY TAMARA SCULLY
Tenth-generation Pennsylvannia farmer uses Angora goats to bolster soil fertility while producing high-end wool.
HARVEST TABLE: Cafeteria Food, Upgraded
BY TAMARA SCULLY
One chef believes that reforming the institutional food found in schools, hospitals and prisons can change our food system for the better.
HARVEST TABLE: Visions of Sugar Plums
BY KATHY BIRT
A Canadian farmer finds success by selling a classic Christmas sweet at farmers’ markets.
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.