July 2018 Issue
The Acres U.S.A. July 2018 issue; Vol. 48, No. 7; contains the following:
by Samm Simpson
As head of Pangaea Plants in North Carolina, Gabriel Noard uses biodynamic growing methods to produce high quality herbs for the growing holistic health market. Non-
Toxic Japanese Beetle Control
by John Peragine
From planting trap crops to physical containment strategies, John Peragine wades into the options available in the fight against this invasive beetle.
Cattle Meet Grass for Improved Soil Health
by Paige Buck
Jim Burrus successfully converted his conventional Illinois farm to an organic operation centered around rotational grazing with a focus on healthy soil.
From Hobby to Hometown Hero
by Abbey Smith
California fiber artist Lani Estill has a passion for sustainable American-made fiber and is producing consumer goods from sheep to shop.
Connecting Feed to Waste
by Tamara Scully
A lot of prime farmland is being utilized for livestock feeds and a lot of petroleum is being used to grow those feed crops, but some innovative ideas — from environmentally friendly feedstocks to alternative energy generation and better ways of managing waste streams — are helping lessen the footprint of animal agriculture.
After the Harvest
by Jill Henderson
With food insecurity on the rise in America, groups are teaming up with the help of farmers and volunteers to glean fields, large and small, and give to food banks and other organizations.
CSA-ish: The Many Variations
by Leah & Jessie Smith
In part two of this article, Michigan farmers Leah & Jessie Smith discuss the many alternative systems for successful Community Supported Agriculture in America.
Welcome to the Farm
by Lee Allen
For the farmers who invite outsiders in for a look-see, agritourism has become a key diversified revenue stream.
Community in Focus: Orcas Island
by Jack Petree
Kaj Enderlein is passionate about his community and about working with his Orcas Island, Washington, neighbors to rediscover the art of locally based sustainable living and food self-sufficiency. Interview
“Eating is said to be an agricultural act with political consequences. Current trends show that what people want to eat is challenging the usual agricultural industrial complex.”
Interview: Diana Rodgers, R.D., LDN
Meat of the Matter
Dietician, educator & author Diana Rodgers talks about nutrition, organic farming and taking back our food system for better health.
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.5 Opinion
The Tipping Point
Journalist Mike Snow tackles the impending merger of agrichemical giants Bayer and Monsanto and what it means for organic farming.
News in brief from around the world on developments in eco-farming technology, organic food and farming, human health and vital environmental issues.
Science on Your Side
Acres U.S.A. highlights recent research and what it means for you. 64 The Harvest Table
Making Sweet Sorghum Molasses
As grower Mollie LeBude can attest to, making sorghum molasses the horse-powered traditional way isn’t easy, but the rewards are oh so sweet.
Stock & Flock: Raw Food Diet for Man’s Best Friend
Farmer Andrew French takes a look at conventional dog food and posits there is a better way to keep your pet healthy and happy.
Small-Scale Success: Better Together
Rather than scaling up, some sustainable farmers are finding strength in numbers by joining agricultural co-ops.
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.
My Farmer, My Customer
New! Learn from Marty Travis's experiences converting the Spence Farm into one of the most successful farming co-ops in the United States today.