June 2019 Issue

Acres U.S.A.

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Acres U.S.A., The Voice of Eco-Agriculture, June 2019 | Issue #576 Copyright 2019, Print Copy, 100 pages

FEATURES

Putting Fun Back into Farming
By Tracy Frisch
Stoney Creek Farm in Minnesota is healing the broken water cycle, building soil, cutting inputs and improving health. 

Where Have All the Farm Vets Gone?
By Jodi Helmer
Finding veterinary care for livestock is harder than ever as the number of rural large-animal vets decreases.

Beds, Breakfasts and Cheeses
By Jill Henderson
A Missouri family lovingly serves cheese and hospitality while maintaining the traditions of their region.

A Primer on Pig Behavior
By Andrew French
Pigs are much happier — and thus easier for us to manage — when they live in groups and have novel environments to keep them busy.

Regeneration and Resiliency through Pigs
By Abbey Smith
John and Holly Arbuckle of Singing Pastures Farm graze pigs on pasture to build resiliency in their soil, their community and themselves.

Foraging New Bonds
By Aliya Hall
Forage discussion groups provide a forum for livestock farmers to learn, to support one another and to give and receive mentorship. 

Managing Biology with Biology
By Pam Marrone
Biopesticides — naturally occurring substances that can help manage plant diseases and pests — offer the potential of higher yields and a healthier farm environment.

The War in the Soil: Origins of the Organic Controversy
By Anneliese Abbott
Animosity toward conventional agriculture may have set the organic movement back. 

Interview: John Kempf
PRACTICAL AGRONOMY
John Kempf talks about growing healthy plants in order to build healthy soil.

The Local Food Experience
By Abbey Smith
Four families embark upon a year of eating locally in order to build resiliency, support their local economy and learn about their food system.

DEPARTMENTS

VIEW FROM THE COUNTRY
Monthly musings from Acres U.S.A.’s editor.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Readers share their thoughts on past articles and words of encouragement.

OPINION: He Likes Still Being a Farmer
By Ryan Dennis
Farming can be a lifestyle that sticks in the blood.

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: Calcium Is King
By John King
Calcium is the key nutrient for plant growth; fortunately for us, it’s also one of the earth’s most abundant natural resources.

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS: 5 Reasons Small Farms Struggle to Sell Products
By Tim Young

SCIENCE ON YOUR SIDE
Acres U.S.A. highlights research on our radar and what it means for you.

THE HARVEST TABLE: Brewing Kombucha
By Nick Barnard
Ancestral fermented drinks such as kombucha are delicious, easy to make and beneficial for our microbes.

STOCK & FLOCK: Formulating Feedstuffs
By Kelly Klober
Many factors influence a farmer’s decision on whether and how to formulate feedstuffs.

HEALTHY & HEALING: The Low-down on CBD
By Maryam Heinein
Cannabidiol (CBD), with its many health benefits and controversies, is one of the most talked-about compounds on the planet right now.

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. 

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