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2014-08-20 23:06:38

Early bird deadline is Sept. 10 to register for Seedstock’s 3rd Annual Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference. Two-day event (Nov. 11-12) includes tour of Los Angeles’ first multi-faceted food production business incubator for local entrepreneurs and a shipping container farm. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 20, 2014 Attendees of Seedstock’s 3rd Annual Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference will get a sneak peak at Los Angeles’ first multi-faceted food production...

2014-08-12 23:01:37

The new issue of the journal Weed Science features the results of a survey of organic farmers in 12 Midwestern states. The study found that organic farmers most often use mechanical and cultural methods of weed control including crop rotation, between-row cultivation, primary tillage, and cover cropping. Lawrence, Kansas (PRWEB) August 12, 2014 Weed Science - Organic farmers report that weeds are one of the biggest obstacles to the production of organic crops. In the field of organic...

2014-07-31 23:21:04

If you wonder why you should mulch your landscape and what kind of mulch to use, check out these tips from the professionals at Norway Gardens in Monticello Indiana. There is a lot to consider in selecting the best mulch for your needs. (PRWEB) July 31, 2014 We sell truck loads of mulch at Norway Gardens yet you can find cheaper mulch at other stores. What is the difference? Why use mulch? What are advantages of using cedar bark chips instead of mulch? What is the advantage of cedar mulch...

2014-07-23 08:34:01

DUBLIN, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Biofertilizers Market by Type, by Crop Type, by Micro-Organism & by Geography - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2019" report to their offering. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 Biofertilizers are natural fertilizers which are microbial inoculants of bacteria, algae, and fungi alone, or in combination, and they augment the availability of nutrients to the plants. These...

2014-07-15 04:20:49

Company expands presence, plans to reach more farms, more crops and more sectors of society BLUE MOUNDS, Wis., July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Midwestern BioAg, Inc. has developed a strategic plan to expand its reach, increase the capacity of the company to meet the needs of its customers and extend the diversity and cost-effectiveness of Midwestern BioAg's products and services. Midwestern BioAg provides a tailored farm management plan that incorporates better farming through better...

2014-07-11 23:04:06

Strong consumer demand for organic produce has driven the industry's growth over the past five years. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Organic Crop Farming industry in Australia to its growing industry report collection. Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) July 11, 2014 Organic Crop Farming in Australia has benefited from organic food being launched into the limelight over the past decade. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Brooke Tonkin,...

2014-07-08 23:10:23

The new program by Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, will focus on benchmarking current sustainability outcomes, catalyzing continuous improvement at the field and landscape level, and enabling supply chain sourcing claims. Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 08, 2014 Today, Field to Market®, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture announced the launch of a new agricultural supply chain program for U.S. commodity crops. The Field to Market metrics and benchmarks...

2014-07-01 12:30:20

OTA sees pact creating jobs, opportunity for U.S. organic sector WASHINGTON, July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Organic Trade Association (OTA) today welcomed a new organic equivalency arrangement between the United States and Korea, saying it reopens a critically important Asian market for U.S. organic processed food products, and will create jobs and opportunity for the American organic food and farming sector. "We extend our thanks and congratulations to the officials...

2014-06-30 23:17:52

“Reintegrating Ag: Local Food Systems and the Future of Cities” will examine economic, environmental and community benefits when developing a robust local food system. Farmers, entrepreneurs, investors, city planners, inventors, and agriculture suppliers must attend this conference. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 30, 2014 The 3rd Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference – “Reintegrating Ag: Local Food Systems and the Future of Cities” – will focus on the...

2014-06-30 04:22:06

Grower's Secret and Proteus invest in the future of biological agriculture. SAN FRANCISCO, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grower's Secret(TM), Inc. a Hawaii-grown company and Certified B Corporation, specializing in organic plant growth enhancers and eco-friendly fertilizers, announces the closing of a strategic acquisition of and investment in Midwestern BioAg, Inc. Midwestern BioAg, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, has developed methods to increase soil...


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Sheet Mulching
2013-08-05 12:36:35

Sheet mulching, or lasagna gardening, is the process of turning barren ground into a more nourishing garden without digging. It is a layered system that can be used for a yard garden or a topical box garden. Starting at the bottom is a weed proof barrier, like newspaper or cardboard. On top of that is a twelve-inch layer of compost or mulch material such as old clothes, yard clippings, and manure, which provides for nutrient rich soil. Weed-free soil is added prior to planting the desired...

Forest Gardening
2013-07-31 15:46:47

Forest gardening is a woodland ecosystem that requires little maintenance. Forest gardening is a form of intercropping that is a seven tier, layering system utilizing the space from the sub-ground up to the canopy in order to provide high yielding food production for human consumption in wooded areas. Layering utilizes the photosynthesis to the maximum benefit for each tier within the forest garden. The canopy level consists of the tallest fruit/nut trees with dwarf trees in the...

Intercropping
2013-07-31 15:20:47

Intercropping is growing crops of multiple products in a specific area. Using the property for more than one crop serves dual purposes such as adding structural support along with providing needed nutrients as well as weed and pest control. Careful consideration and control is required when intercropping. Considerations such as soil content, the amount of water needed for each crop and the amount of sunlight needed for each crop. An example of intercropping are planting tall crops that...

Overgrazing
2013-04-01 12:31:24

Overgrazing occurs when plants are unprotected to intensive grazing for extended periods of time, or without enough recovery periods. It can be a result of either livestock in poorly managed agricultural applications, or by overpopulations of native or non-native wild animals. Overgrazing reduces the usefulness, biodiversity, and productivity of the land and is one cause of desertification and erosion. It’s also considered to be a cause of the spread of invasive species of non-native...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.