multi-level farming Articles

  • Disasters Show Importance of Ag Risk Management Tools

    Mother Nature is an unreliable farming partner. Sometimes the weather helps, but too often it also hurts us. And there’s been a lot of hurt lately. Hurricanes have flooded east Texas. They have destroyed about half of the remaining citrus crop, flooded pasture and blown away much of the sugarcane in Florida. They have leveled pecan trees and pine trees in southern Georgia. Meanwhile, ...

  • The 1996 “Freedom to Farm” Farm Bill

    The period of U.S. farm bills where the instruments were designed around compensation policies that used price support/supply management programs allowing farmers to remain in production during long periods of low prices—the result of four centuries of publicly-sponsored developmental policies—ended with the adoption of the 1996 Farm Bill. In some important ways, the demise of price ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • Reliable oxygen levels in trout farms with LDO

    An adequate level of oxygen must be maintained in the water of fish farms. If the level is too low, fish production suffers. Stocking density, feed intake and resistance to disease are just three of the key variables that significantly affect profitability and are directly dependent on the oxygen concentration. Kirsten and Alexander Tautenhahn have run a trout farm in Germany, since 1991. Oxygen ...


  • Plainview swine farm test

    ACF-32 solved sludge handling problems, requiring extensive mechanical agitation during bi-annual clean-out, in a Pull & Plug Pump system for 10,000 hog facility. Significantly reduced crust and sludge, as well as eliminating odor in five weeks. Plainview Colony is located 9 miles north of Ipswich, South Dakota. The hog operation manager is Larry Wipf, an experienced, seasoned operator. The hog ...


    By BluePlanet Labs

  • Vermicompost’s Role in Farming

    One of the main goals of every organic farmer is to build long-term soil fertility and tilth by feeding the soil with a variety of natural amendments. The regular addition of compost is one of the best ways to enhance the soil’s organic and humic content, which helps to build a fertile soil structure. This soil structure makes better use of water and nutrients. It is easier to till and, ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Farm digester evolution in Vermont

    In the fall of 2012, Brian Jones of Joneslan Farm in Hyde Park, Vermont spread the first load of manure that had gone through the farm’s new anaerobic digester. “It didn’t smell at all,” recalls Jones. “And we’ve been told that the nitrogen in the digested manure is more available to the plants we grow.” When the Joneslan Farm digester went on line in ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Anaerobic Digestion at Dairy Farms

    The need to upgrade dairy waste management practices to overcome pollution problems is leading more farmers to seek solutions with anaerobic digestion technology. Two recent examples of this trend are underway at California sites. The Cal Poly Dairy is located adjacent to the California Polytechnic State University campus in San Luis Obispo. The dairy milks 180 cows with a total population of ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Determinants of farm-level adaptation diversity to cyclone and flood: insights from a farm household-level survey in Eastern India

    A large number of farmers' livelihoods are susceptible to cyclones and floods, and farmers are taking up several adaptation mechanisms. Previous studies, therefore, have examined determinants of various adaptation options and provide policy suggestions to promote a specific one. However, options are undertaken at different points depending on the nature and intensity of extreme events. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Adding Value To On-Farm Digesters

    ANAEROBIC digestion of dairy manure and food processing residuals in Michigan is not a new undertaking. Over the years, 11 farm digesters were constructed in the state, of which four are still operational, reports Michelle Crook of the Michigan Department of Agriculture in a presentation in the spring of 2007. “Three of the operating digesters are for livestock manure and one is for food ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • High Technology that Revolutionized Farming

    How are we going to feed the growing population by 2050? How we are going to double our food supply and how will the farming be sustainable? All the answers involve farm technology. Farm technology creates the ability to grow plants that are disease resistant, to use the equipment that can target individual crops and strengthen the rice that can survive drought and flooding and literally save ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Farm digester progress in Pennsylvania

    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is home to about 7,000 dairy farms with an average herd size of less than 100 cows. While nutrient and odor management are of great importance to these farms, their overall economic viability appears to be the primary factor driving installation of anaerobic digesters over the past few years. “Pennsylvania has 30 dairy digesters and about 5 swine digesters ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • It is vital to reinvigorate organic farming research

    Organic farming can deliver food sustainably, but only with compelling science to boost its use, argues Ged Buffee. With increased yields and ecological stability becoming critical concerns for agricultural development, there's ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 5 Essential Farm Implements For Smallholders

    What are your top tools or farm implements that make life as a smallholder that much easier? What’s on your Christmas wish list or gets regular use around your plot? We asked our team to share their essential implements and have created the Farm Tech Supplies Top 5 List of Farm Implements! If you have a trusted piece of farm equipment you couldn’t do without, ...


    By Farm Tech Supplies Ltd.

  • How farm policy used to work

    In the period between the 1930s and 1992, farm bills generally instituted compensation policies that took the form of price supports. These policies were designed to manage the surplus production that resulted from centuries of developmental policies while allowing U.S. farmers the chance, with hard work and good management skills, to provide their family with a livelihood. Compensation policies ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • Certified Organic Farm Relies on Compost

    Located 50 miles northwest of Dayton, Ohio, the owners of Fresh Aire Farms grow crops on over 250 acres of farmland, relying on high quality compost as a soil conditioner and nutrient amendment. Dan and Michelle Young started composting seven years ago to reduce the amount of chemical inputs they had to buy. “We are a certified organic farm incorporating sound cropping principles,” says Dan ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Case study - Tapioca farming in Thailand

    The group has five factories located throughout Thailand; on a typical day, they produce 2,800 tons of tapioca between them.  The crop is processed within 24 hours with their state of the art production process and turned into tapioca starch or fibre for use in the paper industry, plywood, textiles, glue and the food and beverage industry. The process of crop cleaning produces a substantial ...


    By Geotech

  • Himmerland dairy farm case study

    A. PRE-TREATMENT Barn Type: 60 tie stall dairy barn. Mats used in stalls. Manure Handling: Barn houses about 17 – 20 cows along each of two 120 foot parallel pits 2.5 feet wide and 5 to 9 feet deep (stepped). The pits gravity drain to the center of the pit and then flow out to an outside manure storage pit via 2.5 foot square pipe. Half of south gutter is used to handle parlour wash. ...


    By Nordevco Associates Ltd.

  • Easy Maintenance of Farm Machinery and Tools

    Farm equipment cleaning machines are in demand because they help farmers with diverse cleaning applications. Farm equipment cleaning machines are loaded with features designed to cut cleaning time and improve efficiency. If you are a contractor or work in the agriculture industry, these machines will help boost overall productivity and keep your farm tools and machinery free of dirt. They will ...


    By Daimer Industries Inc.

  • U.S. Farm-Raised Finfish and Shellfish

    Seafood has long been recognized as an important component of a healthy diet. Seafood contains high quality, complete protein and an important array of nutrients, while it is low in calories, cholesterol, and saturated fats. The health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids found primarily in fish have been clearly documented. U.S. farm-raised seafood is an important center of the plate choice that can ...


    By Aquacare Environment Inc

  • Q&A: Rural women, from farming to trading

    In India, where there are more than 30 million small and marginal women farmers, a trade union for self-employed rural women is helping them to create trade organisations so that they can eliminate the middle-men and get their products to market. Umadevi Swaminathan, managing director of RUDI Multi Trading and of the Self Employed ...


    By SciDev.Net

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