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Eco-Farming Daily

Acres U.S.A., North America's monthly magazine of eco-farming, is packed with practical information. But our editors can't fit it all in each month, so some of the richness ends up here.

Ecological Economics

Herman Daly, Ph.D., is an ecological economist and professor emeritus at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. His life’s work is to explore how massive-scale human activities can be ordered in ways that take into account the biosphere — “ecosystem services” in economic parlance — the life support systems on which everything depends. […]

Acres U.S.A., the monthly magazine of eco-farming, is packed with practical information. But our editors can't fit it all in each month, so some of the richness ends up here. Check out this post, Ecological Economics, in its entirety and many others in Eco-Farming Daily.

New Livestock Integration

There is an old adage among livestock raisers that holds that blue ribbon-winning animals seldom make good parents, but generally make crackerjack grandparents. The one word answer for why this happens is, I believe, adaptation. A top Texas-bred bull, boar or ram whisked away to our Northern Missouri climes or someone else’s Maine environment is […]

Acres U.S.A., the monthly magazine of eco-farming, is packed with practical information. But our editors can't fit it all in each month, so some of the richness ends up here. Check out this post, New Livestock Integration, in its entirety and many others in Eco-Farming Daily.

Root System Architecture & Nitrogen Management

Researchers questioned whether current improved rice varieties are suitable for organic agriculture. Through an experiment focused on nitrogen use efficiency (organic and inorganic sources) and root system architecture, they concluded that varieties bred for high-nitrogen inputs may not be suitable for organic agriculture — reinforcing the need for varieties to be bred specifically for organic […]

Acres U.S.A., the monthly magazine of eco-farming, is packed with practical information. But our editors can't fit it all in each month, so some of the richness ends up here. Check out this post, Root System Architecture & Nitrogen Management, in its entirety and many others in Eco-Farming Daily.

Phosphorus: A Limited Resource

Soil is a living, breathing ecosystem. Just as you and I breathe, soil too re­spires, and we measure that respiration rate as an indicator of microbial activity in soil. While there are large, non-mi­croscopic organisms living in soil such as worms, insects and small mammals, none of them exist by the billions in just a […]

Acres U.S.A., the monthly magazine of eco-farming, is packed with practical information. But our editors can't fit it all in each month, so some of the richness ends up here. Check out this post, Phosphorus: A Limited Resource, in its entirety and many others in Eco-Farming Daily.

Genetically Engineered Moth Trials

By Lori Fontanes, August 8, New York According to Liana Hoodes, Policy Advisor, Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY), Cornell University plans to begin open-air trials of genetically modified diamondback moths at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) in Geneva, New York, sometime this month. Hoodes received notice of the pending […]

Acres U.S.A., the monthly magazine of eco-farming, is packed with practical information. But our editors can't fit it all in each month, so some of the richness ends up here. Check out this post, Genetically Engineered Moth Trials, in its entirety and many others in Eco-Farming Daily.

Reducing Pesticide Use

A 2017 study, conducted in France by Lechenet, Dessaint, Py, Makowski and Munier-Jolain, reveals that conventional farmers could dramatically reduce pesticide use without crop or monetary losses. With food security and food production clearly in mind, the research demonstrates that chemical crop treatments could be effectively reduced to meet farmer demand for protection of human […]

Acres U.S.A., the monthly magazine of eco-farming, is packed with practical information. But our editors can't fit it all in each month, so some of the richness ends up here. Check out this post, Reducing Pesticide Use, in its entirety and many others in Eco-Farming Daily.