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Organic farming push taking place in Black Belt

By Josh Bergeron, An organic farming movement is beginning to gain traction in the Black Belt, with a former candidate for U.S. Congress leading the charge.  Five months ago, Selma native Don Chamberlain helped set up an organic, greenhouse farm south of Moundville. The farm has begun harvesting its first produce, but now Chamberlain is …Read More

Group to get expert training in organic farming

Via AgriNews WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A group from Purdue University will learn more about best practices for small farms at one of the oldest organic farms in Pennsylvania so they can develop programs to help start such operations across Indiana. The training in no-till organic systems, composting, soil health, nutrient management, integrating livestock in …Read More

Sales from organic farms spike in Illinois

by Megan Noe, Sales from organic farms have more than tripled in Illinois in recent years, and local business owners say more Quad Citians are looking to eat fresh, too. At Moline’s Barley and Rye Bistro, owner and chef Jared Linn works with more than 30 area farmers, using their meats, cheeses, grains and produce …Read More

Grower takes next step in organic farming

By Scott Donnelly, GRANVILLE — For Michael Kilpatrick, the decision to become a Department of Agriculture Certified Organic grower came down to timing. There was a time when Kilpatrick felt the USDA program was tarnished by the influence of big politics and even bigger farms. And while the agency remains the target of such criticism …Read More

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