Three ways to manage tough weeds on organic farms

Using green manure, increasing seeding rates, and incorporating mechanical weed control can help organic producers manage weeds on their operations By Jennifer Blair OrganicBiz staff The biggest challenge on Steve Snider’s organic farm is weeds — and killing them properly isn’t a one-size-fits-all operation. “The key to remember in organics is there’s no one answer,” […]

Organic grain, cattle production can make good partners

By Brenda Frick OrganicBiz contributor Grain and livestock production go well together. It works both ways: introducing organic grain production onto the ranch can provide a valuable market stream. Integration of cattle into grain farming can improve sustainability. For a livestock producer considering pasture renovation, or re-seeding of hay land, organic grain production can be […]

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Cows need forage, forage drives communities

Ron Lyseng OrganicBiz staff When the cows leave the farm, so do jobs, businesses, abattoirs and kids, says Iowa farmer Tom Frantzen. Whole families pack up and eventually the communities themselves leave. Frantzen, a pioneer in organic farming since the 1990s and a leading spokesperson for biodiversity in agriculture, said when an area loses its […]