April 2019 Issue

Acres U.S.A.

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Acres U.S.A., The Voice of Eco-Agriculture, April 2019 | Issue #574 Copyright 2019, Print Copy, 100 pages

FEATURES

Growing the College Farm
by Tamara Scully
College farms are no longer found only at traditional agriculture schools or land grant universities. These farms not only educate agricultural students, agri-business executives and future farmers; they also serve the colleges and their surrounding communities.

Entrepreneurial Passion
by Richard J. Skelly
Find out how young farmer Jessica Neiderer grew her small operation into a prosperous supplier of organic vegetables and fruits in the Garden State.

Farming Fungi for Fun & Profit
by Leigh Glenn
Get an inside look at the Virginia mushroom-growing scene and consider growing these myco-delights yourself.

Open-Pollinated Corn for Organic Farming
by Tim King
Farmer Stanley Smith, who farms 205 acres near Lewiston, Minnesota suspected that today’s overpriced and overbred hybrid seed corn might not be such a good deal compared to the less expensive open-pollinated varieties so he did his own trial.

What’s In Your Organic Fertilizer?
by Tom Schenk
There is so much pollution in our environment that it is difficult to find pure, pristine fertilizer ingredients. Tom Schenk examines some popular organic fertilizers and their sources.

Flowering Young Farmers
by Rocky Womack
A passion for flowers leads to a dream come true and a lifestyle for two determined university students.

Addressing the Farmland Crisis
by Stephanie Hiller
Finding suitable land is a challenge in itself for new farmers. With older farmers getting ready to retire, and approximately 92 million acres expected to change hands in the next five years, but land prices have risen steadily over the past decade.

The Prophet with the Profits: J.I. Rodale
by Anneliese Abbott
This article is the fifth in a series focused on the history of organic agriculture in America and those who played a prominent role in shaping the movement.

Pasture as Foundation of Health
by Tracy Frisch
Twenty-seven years after buying their home farm, Jon and Juli Bansen operate a successful 200-cow grass-only organic dairy farm on 600 acres of pasture and forage in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Predicting Soil & Moisture Conditions
by John Peragine 
Find out how on-farm weather stations are helping amass critical data to more accurately predict pest and disease pressures. 

Interview: Walter Jehne
Supporting the Soil Carbon Sponge
Microbiologist, climate scientist, founder of Health Soils Australia Walter Jehne discusses climate and soil health.

DEPARTMENTS

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: The Risky Business of Pesticides
Dr. Jonathan Lundgren discusses the unforeseen risk of pesticides and the need for holistic risk assessment, crucial thinking and common sense when it comes to regenerative farming. 

Eco-Update
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
This monthly column focuses on large-scale agronomic topics to help keep your soil in top shape and your yields high.

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: Good Fats, Bad Fats
Throughout man’s history, and especially since we began to cook food, animal fats have been appreciated not only for their heat-stable nature, calorie- and nutrient-rich properties but also for their deep and truly satiating flavors.

Stock & Flock: Developing a Better Broiler
Problems plague the bird favored by industrial meat producers; can breeders and growers develop a broiler that also solves the problem of excess cockerels from the egg industry?

Health & Healing: Sleep for Farmers
Farmers are the only people who actually count sheep. Most farmers — along with most Americans in general — need to work a little harder at doing so figuratively.

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

Marketplace

Classifieds

Eco-Meetings
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.

Free Podcast

Humusphere: A New Book Release from Acres U.S.A.

In this breakthrough work — now available in English for the first time — the independent German-Norwegian explorer of soil life, graduate permaculture designer and graduate engineer Herwig Pommeresche shares his lifetime of research into humus.

#7488 • Copyright 2018 • Softcover • 264 pages