February 2020 Issue
Acres U.S.A., The Voice of Eco-Agriculture, February 2020 | Issue #584 Copyright 2020, 100 pages
Wielding Water Wisely
BY MARK SHEPARD
In an excerpt from his new book, Mark Shepard outlines a systematic approach to on-farm water management.
A Farmer’s Diary
BY PAUL DORRANCE
A day-by-day, step-by-step look at managing a multi-species grazing operation.
By the Numbers
BY LEIGH GLENN
Farmers can revolutionize their business if they take accounting seriously.
The Way of the Worm
BY RHONDA SHERMAN
Learn how to install vermiculture systems that can supercharge your farming operation.
BY STAFF REPORT
More than a thousand farmers, ranchers and consultants flocked to Minneapolis in December for Acres U.S.A.’s Eco Ag Conference and Trade Show.
Laying a Trap
BY ANITA STONE
Trap cropping is an effective way to ease pest pressure and feed nutrients back into the soil.
Age of Resistance
BY ANNELIESE ABBOTT
In the 1950s, pesticides were hailed as a savior for American agriculture, but it didn’t take long for a debate to start that continues to this day.
Interview: Dr. Zach Bush
The Virginia-based physician has become a leading voice in connecting human health to the health of our soils. He believes humanity’s hope of survival starts with regenerative farmers.
FROM THE COUNTRY
Monthly musings from Acre U.S.A.’s consulting editor.
OPINION: A Farmers Bill of Rights
BY SHERRI DUGGER
Now more than ever, farmers must take charge of their destinies and become advocates for sweeping changes in our broken food system.
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: Agriculture Equals Energy Cycle
BY JON FRANK
The Energy Cycle of your farm or garden is a result of how well the input cycles are working.
MINDING YOUR BUSINESS: Becoming a Farm Entrepreneur
BY TIM YOUNG
Farmers must embrace all aspects of running a business — even those pesky marketing chores.
STOCK & FLOCK: The Seasonality of Livestock
BY DARBY SIMPSON
For the savvy grazier, winter is a time for rest and recharging, but also for planning ahead.
THE HARVEST TABLE: Honey Wine Time
BY KATHY BIRT
An organic Canadian farm finds success in an ancient beverage.
Bees and Probiotics
BY MARTIN JAMES
New approaches to preventing colony collapse could offer hope to an embattled honey industry.
BY PAUL DURRENBERGER
A new book explores the origins and singularity of American cuisine.
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