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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Organic crop farming results in less nitrogen loss than conventional crop farming

Oct 09, 2015

A recent study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment has found that organic cropping systems have less nitrogen pollution than conventional cropping systems. Nitrogen pollution occurs in agricultural systems when excess nitrates contaminate groundwater or when the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide is released into the air after fertilizer applications. To determine the extent of nitrogen […]

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Guest Poet Twyla M. Hansen: Green Apples

Sep 04, 2015

We had the good fortune to meet Twyla M. Hansen, the Nebraska State Poet Laureate.  While Hansen is a renown poet, and has published over a dozen books and anthologies, she also has a background in agriculture and horticulture.  Not only was she raised by a farming family, she also received a master’s degree in agroecology from […]

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Organic farming methods reduce water pollution

Jul 24, 2015

A recent study published in Sustainable Agriculture Research has found that organic farming methods can be used to reduce water pollution in U.S waterways. The leaching of nitrate from farming soil into water drainage systems is a major source of water pollution in the upper Midwestern states. In attempt to reduce the environmental impacts associated […]

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Long-term studies support benefits of organic farming

Jul 14, 2015

A new paper published in the journal Sustainable Agriculture Research examines results from six of the oldest grain crop-based experiments comparing organic and conventional farming methods with the goal of communicating both the benefit of long-term comparison trials and environmental and economic findings for organic agriculture.  Although these long-term organic farming system experiments were established […]

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Organic farming enhances the diversity of beneficial predatory insects

Jun 17, 2015

A new study in the Journal of Applied Ecology has found that tachinid parasitoids, a group of flies that prey on crop pests, are positively affected by organic farming. Scientists set out to investigate the effect that organic farming had on parasitoid populations at different landscape scales. They compared the abundance and number of species […]

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The Role of Organic in Supporting Pollinator Health

Jun 08, 2015
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