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February 2019

Acres U.S.A., The Voice of Eco-Agriculture, February 2019 | Issue #572 Copyright 2019, Downloadable Copy (23.6 MB), 98 pages.

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A Farmer Walks into a Restaurant
by Leigh Glenn
If you are considering moving into wholesaling, this article provides key points from several farmers, from setting prices to successfully approaching business owners and keeping local chefs happy.

Agricultural Advice from Warren Buffett
by Leah Smith
Farmer Leah Smith dissects Warren Buffett’s “10 Rules for Success” and illustrates how they apply to any business, even the business of operating a sustainable farm.

Making Pawpaws Profitable
by Brian Allnutt
In the eastern United States, the pawpaw’s biggest selling point might be its connection to our native ecologies and local foodways. Find out if growing this distinctive fruit might work for your farm.

The Humus Masterclass
by Jon Frank
Using corn as an example, consultant Jon Frank explains humus versus organic matter and how to keep your crops and soil vibrant.

Connecting People to Food
by Lauren Turner
Small-scale farms cannot compete with larger farms on price alone, but they can compete favorably on freshness, flavor and variety. This is where direct sales can pay off.

The Soil Crisis
by Anneliese Abbott
This article is the third in a series focused on the history of organic agriculture in America and those who played a prominent role in shaping the movement.

Managing For the Future, Today
by Tara Maxwell
Attendees from across the United States and around the globe converged at the 2018 Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference and Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky, for an invaluable learning and networking opportunity.

Tapping Mountain Forests
by Emily Sides
Emily Sides provides a look at the maple syrup producers of Virginia’s Highland County and a popular agritourism event that draws more than 50,000 people annually.

Pursuing New Opportunities
by Rocky Womack
Transitions don’t just happen in big businesses. Small farmers must occasionally readjust their thinking and find a new direction. That’s what happened for Becky and Lawrence Latané, owners and operators of Blenheim Organic Gardens in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

Interview: Eric Holt-Giménez
The Agrarian Transition
Advocate, teacher, researcher and author Eric Holt-Giménez discusses the global food system, economics and peasant farmers.


View from the Country
Monthly musings from Acres U.S.A.’s publisher.

Letters to the Editor
Readers share their thoughts on past articles and words of encouragement.

Opinion: Not All It’s Cooked Up to Be
The Impossible Burger sizzles like a burger, bleeds like a burger and tastes like a burger (well, almost). But other than that, this new burger barn burner has nothing to do with real meat.

News in brief from around the world on developments in eco-farming technology, organic food and farming, human health and vital environmental issues.

Mind Your Business
This monthly column focuses on the ins and outs of the business side of farming.

Science on Your Side
Acres U.S.A. highlights recent research and what it means for you.

The Harvest Table: Bountiful Beans
The multi-step process of making chocolate is a long affair — an art form as much as a process. The first step involves cutting the ripe fruit from the cocoa tree, but there is more to the story.

Stock & Flock: Maximize On-Farm Profit
California rancher Spencer Smith discusses profit per acre using different sized cattle as a real-world example.  

Health & Healing: The Clinical Impact of Magnesium Deficiency
Dr. Michael John Badanek explains that magnesium is critical for the proper function of hundreds of enzymes in the human body, many of which supply energy to the brain as well as the body.

Reviews & Recommendations
From in-depth book reviews to innovative websites and beyond, here’s what’s on our radar.



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Get to know fellow innovative farmers putting ecologically correct production principles to work, resulting in profitable, sustainable operations.

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