Thinking Outside the Box: Rolling Acres Farm adapts to 40 years of change in ag, from dairy to produce

by Tom Parker First impressions are formed within seventeen seconds, psychologists claim, which was roughly the same amount of time it took for the sleek charter bus to inch down the narrow driveway of Rolling Acres Farm. Passengers, attuned to endless fields of corn and soybeans that marked their passage across Iowa, stared out on [...]

Thinking Outside the Box: Rolling Acres Farm adapts to 40 years of change in ag, from dairy to produce2018-11-15T18:28:30-05:00

Thinking Outside the Box: Farm Sweet Farm’s 35 years of organic experience means balancing priorities

by Tom Parker When the charter bus pulled into the driveway of Ron and Maria Rosmann’s farm near Harlan, Iowa, a division surfaced between the passengers that was solidly gender-oriented. The men—farmers mostly—wanted to see the fields first, to inspect equipment, discuss techniques and complain about the weather, while the women wanted [...]

Thinking Outside the Box: Farm Sweet Farm’s 35 years of organic experience means balancing priorities2018-11-15T17:25:21-05:00

Thinking Outside the Box: At Nees Family Farm, health concerns led to organic and eventually profitability

by Tom Parker In 2015, David Nees earned the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award for Sac County, Iowa. It was a big deal. Besides being recognized for his ability to creatively use modern equipment efficiently in an organic operation, for his decades-long focus on developing healthy soils, and for serving as a [...]

Thinking Outside the Box: At Nees Family Farm, health concerns led to organic and eventually profitability2018-11-15T15:53:08-05:00

Diversifying Organic Farms: Integrating Organic Grains, Forages, Livestock, Specialty Crops and People

Central Plains Organic Farmers (CPOF), formerly Kansas Organic Producers, is  hosting an all day workshop on "Diversifying Organic Farms: Integrating Grains, Forages. Livestock, Specialty Crops and People" on Wednesday, August 29,  at the Klinefelter Barn east of Hiawatha at 1724 230th St., Hiawatha, KS. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. Program runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch will be served on site. A $15 [...]

Diversifying Organic Farms: Integrating Organic Grains, Forages, Livestock, Specialty Crops and People2018-08-17T11:55:31-05:00

Think Outside the Box: IOWA BUS TOUR

It's a great time to explore options with agriculture! The ‘Thinking Outside the Box’ farm tour series spotlights farms doing things differently. Whether it’s reducing inputs and focusing on soil health in row crops; bringing diversification back to the farm; or exploring marketing opportunities that add value and allow the farmer to enhance market returns [...]

Think Outside the Box: IOWA BUS TOUR2018-07-13T23:40:10-05:00

USDA to Rescind Organic Livestock and Poultry Rules to Detriment of Family Organic Producers and Consumers, NFU Says

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today its intent to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule. The rule was finalized in January 2017, but placed on hold when the new administration took office. National Farmers Union (NFU) supports the OLPP rule’s intent, as it would improve the consistency and [...]

USDA to Rescind Organic Livestock and Poultry Rules to Detriment of Family Organic Producers and Consumers, NFU Says2017-12-18T11:56:47-05:00