The Organic & Non-GMO Report Newsletter

Study: Intercropping produces higher yields than monocropping

by Peter Rüegg, ETH Zurich Monocultures dominate arable land today, with vast areas given over to single elite varieties that promise a high yield. But planting arable land with just one type of crop has its disadvantages: these areas are easy game for fungal and insect pests, posing a threat to crops. To keep pests […]

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Soil for Water regenerative agriculture project expands to seven states

A $2 million investment will allow the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) to implement regenerative farming practices for ranchers and farmers in seven U.S. states. Farmers and ranchers in Texas, New Mexico, California, Colorado, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Virginia will participate in the “Soil for Water” initiative. The project launched in 2015, prompted by the […]

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Changes in farming practices could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2036

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory participated in a study that shows innovation in technologies and agricultural practices could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from grain production by up to 70% within the next 15 years. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, identifies a combination of […]

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Missouri farmers embrace cover crops with federal and state assistance

Cover cropping is known to prevent soil erosion and create efficient water cycles, and Missouri farmers are seeing the benefits. The 2017 Census of Agriculture highlighted cover crops as the third most planted crop in the state. Cover crop acreage has doubled in five years, to 850,000 acres. Corn and soybean farmer John Hemme cites […]

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Compeer joins Land Core initiative to decrease financial risk of adopting soil health practices

Compeer Financial, Farm Credit cooperative based in the Upper Midwest, and non-profit organization, Land Core, establish partnership to pilot Land Core’s predictive model of risk mitigating benefits of soil health practices. Compeer Financial and Land Core have announced a new partnership in which the member-owned Farm Credit cooperative will support the soil health non-profit’s cross-sector […]

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