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‘Zone Approach’ with Cover Crops Boosts Sustainability at Vegetable Farm

On his Minnesota vegetable farm, Ryan Pesch uses cover crops to lighten and enrich heavy soil and improve production prospects.
Building soil nutrients is one of the major benefits of using cover crops, and it’s the benefit of choice for Ryan Pesch and his family. Pesch has used cover crops on his farm since he and his family started Lida Farm in 2004.


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[Video] 60 Years of Cover Crop Use

In this video from the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education program, Larry Thompson, a grower from Damascus, Ore., farms 120 acres of 30-40 organic crops. The operation has been using covers since the 1960s to improve soil tilth.
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PepsiCo Latest Company to Join Cover Crop Movement

I was reading an article just the other day about how Millennials are supporting sustainable industries. Every week, there is news about another company going “green” — from carbon neutrality to ensuring their products are made with organic or sustainably sourced ingredients.
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National No-Tillage Conference Summer Intensive

Investing in an Organic No-Till Evolution to Increase Profitability

Indiana no-tiller Rick Clark shares how a commitment to “getting uncomfortable” and a transition to organic practices at the National No-Tillage Conference Summer Intensive, June 23-24.
No-tilling and organic practices were once thought to be incompatible. But improvements in technology and the re-emergence of cover crops means some growers, like Rick Clark, are taking advantage of price premiums available on the rapidly growing organic market.
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Healthy Land, Happy Frogs

Meet John Bitter and Amy Van Scoik, first-generation farmers in Hawthorne, Fla., who practice organic, small-scale, sustainable growing practices and sell directly to their customers. The couple founded Frog Song Organics on six acres in 2011. Read more in this article from the Aberdeen News (Aberdeen, SD).
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[Video] Arkansas Grower Shares His Cover Crop Story

In this video from University of Arkansas Extension, grower Adam Chappell, Cotton Plant, AR, who has been using cover crops for 11 years, talks about using covers to control Palmer amaranth, why he covers every acre of his farm with cover crops, his experiences using cereal rye, and more.
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USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Organic Certification Costs

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for eligible certification expenses paid between Oct. 1, 2019, and Sept. 30, 2020, are due Oct. 31, 2020.
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[Video] Cover Crops in Every Rotation

At Frog Song Organics in North Central Florida, John Bitter grows a little bit of everything, upwards of 80 crops in a year. Figuring out his rotations is the key to success as an organic farmer, and cover crops are an integral part of every rotation.
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Attend the 2021 National Strip-Tillage Conference

Discover cutting-edge ideas, techniques and strategies from the most innovative, forward-thinking minds in strip-till to raise your level of strip-till profitability, efficiency and efficacy. The 2021 National Strip-Tillage Conference, Aug. 5-6, in Omaha, Neb., offers a mix of thought-provoking general sessions featuring top experts; profit-boosting Strip-Till Classrooms led by strip-till authorities, and interactive farmer-to-farmer Strip-Till Roundtables.

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