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Organic farming improves onion quality production and soil health, reduces yield

Mar 23, 2018

A new study published in the journal Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science compared the effects of organic and conventional farming on onion yield, onion chemical quality, and soil health indicators–soil organic carbon and microbial activity. Organic plots were treated with either farmyard manure, poultry manure, vermicomposting or neem cake, and all organic treatments were… Read More ›

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Organic wheat management supports bee communities

Mar 22, 2018

A recent study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment investigated the effects of organic vs. conventional farming in large- and small-scale agriculture on wild bee communities and the flowers that they rely on. Bees were sampled in 18 pairs of organic and conventional winter wheat fields and organic winter wheat field in Central Germany. Researchers… Read More ›

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Organic hotspots benefit local economies

Mar 15, 2018

New research published in the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems has found that organic hot spots – counties with high levels of organic agricultural activity whose neighboring counties also have high organic activity–positively impact local economies. Using spatial statistics, researchers identified counties that were organic agriculture hotspots vs conventional agriculture hotspots – counties with… Read More ›

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Organic farming improves soil physical properties

Jun 23, 2017

The results from a 40-year study examining the sustainability of long-term organic management published in Agronomy Journal show that organic farming benefits soil health and makes soils more resilient to drought and compaction. Scientists from the University of Nebraska compared a number of physical soil characteristics among plots managed using standard conventional methods, conventional methods… Read More ›

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Organic increases soil health, microbial biodiversity on banana plantations

Jun 13, 2017

A new study published in Applied Soil Ecology has found large differences in soils and the soil microbial communities that they support. In a three-year study, researchers compared soil characteristics and the functional diversity of soil bacterial populations (the number of groups of species that are unique from each other in how they eat, move,… Read More ›

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Conservation ag increases beneficial biodiversity, supports weed control

Mar 18, 2017

A recent study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment demonstrates that conservation management of farms increases the abundance of carabid beetles that consume the seeds of weeds in crop fields.  Researchers examined 67 fields in California.  They determined whether or not conservation agriculture practices were in place, and analyzed whether the amount of time in… Read More ›

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Wisconsin organic farmers integrate agroecosystem practices onto farms

Jan 31, 2017

A new study published in the journal Sustainability finds that on-farm practices implemented by organic farmers are in-line with agroecological principals intended to benefit the environment by promoting nutrient cycling, conservation of soil, water and biodiversity, and building soil health. Although the National Organic Program regulations support many of the same principals as agroecology, it… Read More ›

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Lifecycle analysis supports emission reduction credits for organic farming

Nov 01, 2016

A recent study published in Journal of Cleaner Production sought to determine if the reduction in emissions associated with organic production was sufficient to warrant benchmarking emission reduction credits for organic farms. Emission reduction credits are typically earned when an operation or organization reduces its emissions below the standard required of them. These credits can… Read More ›

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Organic farming can simultaneously improve pest control and yield

Oct 28, 2015

A new study published in the journal Landscape Ecology sought to determine how farming type and landscape heterogeneity affect pests and their natural enemies and to understand how these changes influence yields. Researchers compared insect diversity on conventional farms, new organic farms and old organic farms and collected data on the amount of pasture and… Read More ›

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Increased biodiversity reduces pest problems on farms

Oct 23, 2015

A new study published in Science Advances has found that farming practices that promote biodiversity also increase natural pest control on farms by increasing the number of beneficial predators that attack crop pests. Researchers compared insect diversity on 53 cornfields in South Dakota. They found that farms that had more insect species that were abundant… Read More ›

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