Slow Money… It's not an 'ISM' (as in capitalism, socialism, consumerism, market fundamentalism…). But it is a new way of connecting investors to local food systems, catalyzing new forms of social investing and philanthropy for the 21st century. Join the emerging network of investors, donors, entrepreneurs, farmers, and activists who are giving birth to the nurture capital industry. Come to Shelburne Farms, a working farm and forest and National Historic Landmark -- a setting uniquely imbued with the history of capitalism and a nonprofit organization dedicated to forging a new future through sustainability education, creating social enterprises and strengthening local food systems. Enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Champlain. Meet thought leaders and change agents from around the country who are joining in this exciting project: designing capital markets that go beyond extraction and consumption all the way to preservation and restoration… starting with food and soil fertility.
Slow money`s second national gathering
Promising solution to runoff issues ahead
At Thanksgiving, many Americans look forward to eating roast turkey, pumpkin pie, and tangy red cranberries. To feed that appetite, cranberry farming is big business. In Massachusetts, cranberries are the most valuable food crop. The commonwealth’s growers provide one-fourth of the U.S. cranberry supply. Water plays a big role in cranberry farming. At harvest time, cranberry growers flood their fields (cranberry bogs) so the berries will float for easy gathering. The growers may also flood their fields to...
Method that cuts sugarcane emissions gets global prize
A Brazilian scientist who developed a method that reduces greenhouse gas emissions from sugarcane cultivation has been awarded a prize that each year recognises a researcher whose work has excelled in the area of fertiliser use.Heitor Cantarella received the International Fertilizer Association’s (IFA) Norman Borlaug Award on World Fertilizer Day, on 13 October — the date German chemist Fritz Haber discovered the synthesis of ammonia in 1908. Cantarella’s work enables a 95 per cent reduction in...
Farms must begin reporting air releases of hazardous substances from animal wastes
Beginning November 15, 2017, many livestock, poultry and equine farms must comply with reporting requirements under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) section 103. The law requires entities to report releases of hazardous substances above a certain threshold that occur within a 24-hour period. Farms have historically been exempt from most reporting under CERCLA, but in the spring of 2017 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down the...
Vietnamese Fish Farmer Expands IPA System to Aquaponics
Vũ Thị Thắm is among the first intensive pond aquaculture (IPA) adopters in Northern Vietnam, learning the IPA concept from a seminar organized by USSEC and Cargill in Hưng Yên, Vietnam in August 2016. Ms. Tham constructed an IPA fixed floor raceway by following the instruction of Nguyễn Hữu Thọ, a technical manager at Cargill, who joined the Shanghai IPA tour trip in May 2016. She has a 3 ha farm, managed by her son, Vũ Duy Hào. She also runs a hub to...
New Manure Sidedress Method Lowers Fertilizer Costs, Increases Yields
With corn needing nitrogen, and pigs and cattle producing a lot of it, anything that offers a better way to use their waste to fortify crops should intrigue farmers. Two agriculture experts at The Ohio State University have redesigned a metal tractor attachment so that it allows farmers to put manure on a field while crops are emerging. Applying manure to growing crops, which is not widely done in Ohio or nationwide, can boost yields, reduce nutrient losses, and give livestock producers and commercial manure...