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Field-scale experiments reveal persistent yield gaps in low-input and organic cropping systems

Alexandra N. Kravchenko Sieglinde S. Snapp G. Philip Robertson http://www.pnas.org/content/114/5/926.abstract Significance Meeting future food needs requires a substantial increase in the yields obtained from existing cropland. Prior global analyses have suggested that these gains could come from closing yield gaps—differences … Continue reading

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Minnesota researchers spill the beans on pulses

When the United Nations announced that 2016 would be the “International Year of Pulses,” Craig Sheaffer wasn’t surprised. An agronomist with a bent toward organics, Sheaffer researches perennial native and introduced legumes, grasses, and woody species at the University of … Continue reading

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USDA Provides New Cost Share Opportunities for Organic Producers and Handlers

Organic Producers and Handlers May Apply for Certification Cost Share Reimbursements; Expanded Eligibility for Transition and State Certification Cost The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that starting March 20, 2017, organic producers and handlers will be able to … Continue reading

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Disease management in organic crops webinar

Disease management in organic crops webinar Organic farming has significantly increased in importance in recent decades. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, disease management in organic farming is largely based on the maintenance of biological diversity and soil … Continue reading

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New business planning manual for organic transition

The booming profit potential of organic production has farmers, ranchers and food business owners nationwide switching to organic production. But successfully managing the risky multi-year transition requires careful business planning. SARE’s new Organic Transition: A Business Planner for Farmers, Ranchers and … Continue reading

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