With both primaries behind us, it is nigh time to settle in and look beyond the chants and cheers, the ever waves of signs, the bright lights and impassioned speeches. It’s time to uncover the dirty details of where both parties stand on agricultural policy. What is the philosophical platform each one holds that will support us into our agrarian future? How do they compare with your ideas on food and farming? Let’s take a deep dive into both parties’ platforms! Continue reading
Soon after humans began the ancient practice of saving seeds, the process of selecting seeds likely soon followed. I can imagine the earliest agriculturists saving and replanting the seeds that were the biggest and came from the most robust plants. Those seeds were more likely to have better yields and resist frost or drought. Occasionally Mother Nature took care of the natural selection with weather events that left only those healthier, more resistant, seeds to be re-planted. Fruits that were bitter or small were cast aside for those that were sweeter and juicier. Grains or beans that were easier to store or preserve were favored. Continue reading
I recently sat down with Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program, for an interview on topics ranging from organic history to new initiatives to challenges for our industry. Below is the second part of the two-part interview. It has been edited and condensed for clarity. You can read the first interview by following this link.
It’s that time of year again when many of us are on vacation. If you’re not working and enjoying these hot August nights, you’re in good company. Congress is also on recess until September 9. Lawmakers left Washington DC with unfinished business and a farm and agriculture community truly sweating it out. Continue reading
I have heard a lot of buzz lately from the media, USDA and environmentalists regarding the state of honeybees. The decline of the Honeybee population has been well documented since 2006. According to USDA studies, 31% of North America hives have collapsed each winter since 2006. The trend is similar throughout Europe and Asia. Continue reading