Organic farming: Going against the grains

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Harn Soper understands why the vast majority of Iowa farmers focus on producing grain for biofuels and livestock feed. “It’s hard to walk away from a model that lets you grow corn and soybeans in the summer, harvest in the fall and head for Florida in winter,” Soper quipped. Soper, 63, has returned to his…


Glastir revamp is huge boost for Welsh organic farming

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ORGANIC farming in Wales has stepped back from the abyss after the Welsh Government agreed to re-introduce maintenance payments for producers. The sector had lobbied hard for on-going support under the new Glastir land management scheme amid fears the organic sector would be decimated by falling incomes. Such support has spurred the growth of organic…


Organic Farming: Answer to Climate Change

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CLIMATE change remains a critical issue especially for least developed countries which have proved to be the most vulnerable since they have the least capacity to adapt. Among many other challenges, farmers are grappling with floods and inconsistent weather patterns that have affected rainfall in most parts of the Southern African region where agriculture forms…


Organic farming gives better pest control, bigger spuds

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PARIS — Supporters of organic agriculture got a boost on Thursday with a scientific study that said pesticide-free potato farming improved control over crop-munching insects and delivered bigger plants. David Crowder, an entomologist at Washington State University, led a team that reviewed published data about local potato fields, looking in particular at plant-chewing beetles and…


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