A three-day gathering of the organic food community, including food processors and distributors, farmers, retailers, researchers, educators, chefs and policy activists. A robust agenda of educational intensives, dynamic workshops, networking and a trade show will feature informed and inspiring information and the latest scientific findings. Experts Andrew Kimbrell, Jim Hightower and Stephen Jones, Ph.D, will deliver insightful and engaging keynotes. Organicology is the only gathering of its kind that provides an in-depth, educational and interactive appraisal of a sustainable food future across the organic sector, including the impact of climate change on agriculture, news and views on the Farm Bill currently before Congress and the '50 Year Farm Bill' being advocated by leaders in the sustainable agriculture community.
Counting carbon on the farm topic of symposium
Agriculture is in the middle of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission equation, as well as carbon storage. The soil is a potential sink for carbon though “carbon sequestration” in soils as well as agricultural biomass. The “Counting Carbon on the Farm: Science, System, and Support” symposium planned at theResilience Emerging from Scarcity and AbundanceASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, will address this important topic. The symposium will be held Monday, November 7,...
Sustainable phosphorus use — evaluating past patterns to inform future management
Recycling waste from farming and mining could help improve the sustainable use of phosphorus, a recent study suggests. The study traced the stocks and flows of phosphorus over a 50 year period to reveal changing patterns of global phosphorus use. The results can be used to develop the sustainable management of phosphorus — a finite and critical resource — in the future. Phosphorus is an element that is essential for all life. It is a critical nutrient for plants and most of the global demand for...
John Deere Opens Data Platform to Other Software Suppliers
The JohnDeere Operations Center delivers value to farmers with tools and features that enable them to easily access farm information to better manage their operations. They are able to see what is happening, analyze performance and collaborate with partners to gain insights, increase profits, and direct their plans with more precision in the field. A new page, "More Tools," recently released within the Operations Center, provides information and links to solutions from other companies that are utilizing the...
Sizing up livestock farming’s carbon footprint
A new and interactive tool released by FAO allows farmers, policy makers and scientists to calculate meat, milk and eggs production as well as greenhouse-gas emissions from livestock to make the sector more productive and more climate-friendly. GLEAM-i, the Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Modelinteractive, provides answers to a wide range of questions. For example, as a small livestock keeper or a pastoralist, how can you get your animals to produce more milk, meat or eggs? If you`re a policy maker,...
Farm Labor Shortage Vexes Farmers
A new video produced by the American Farm Bureau Federation shines a spotlight on the frustrations of the nation`s farmers in finding workers to harvest their crops. While the video highlights peach production in Georgia, it also outlines the scope of the farm labor problem across the U.S. Watch the video here. Hiring a seasonal skilled workforce to bring crops in from the fields to America`s tables has proved to be difficult if not impossible for farmers. That`s why many farmers rely heavily on a program...