Ten years ago, organic seemed like a luxury reserved for the rich and famous. However, the times have changed.more »
Harn Soper, the founder of Sustainable Farm Partners, first saw the advantages of organic production when he converted his family farm. Here, he walks us through the cost advantages – and some of the risks – of converting to organic. He also explains the history of GM crops, and how the industry’s reaction to super-weeds is driving customers to organics.more »
Hardy investors are seeking a way to grow their money. IN THE next 40 years, humans will need to produce more food than they did in the previous 10,000 put together. But with sprawling cities gobbling up arable land, agricultural productivity gains decreasing, and demand for biofuels increasing, supply is not keeping up with demand. Clever farmers, scientists and entrepreneurs are bursting with ideas. But they need money to make this jump.more »
There’s no going back to the old days when small-scale, diversified farms were the norm — nor would we necessarily want to — but that past just might provide lessons we can apply in our work to revitalize and expand local ag-dependent economies.more »
Today on Green Is Good, Harn Soper, Founder and Partner of Sustainable Farm Partners, LLP talks about the three legs of the sustainability farming stool, social, economic and environmental and the growing demand for organic foodmore »
“If we have any legacy at all it is that we leave thousands of acres in Iowa in better shape than we found it,” says Harn Soper – organic farmer, businessman and one of the partners in Sustainable Farm Partners (SFP). He grew up working on his family’s conventional farms not knowing that we were, “farming the wrong way”. The family and has since tried out many types of organic farming, from livestock and vegetables, to row crops such as corn, oats and alfalfa.
Row crops are what he settled on for his start up fund, Sustainable Farm Partners. “The biggest environmental impact that can be made is switching agriculture to organic grains,” he says. “To get to a new type of agriculture and to reset things, the system has to be scaleable.” And critical to organic farming, it must be profitable … and it is.”more »