Sustainable Farm Partners


Organic agriculture more profitable to farmers

A comprehensive study finds organic agriculture is more profitable for farmers than conventional agriculture.

In spite of lower yields, the global study shows that the profit margins for organic agriculture were significantly greater than for conventional agriculture. The results show that there’s room for organic agriculture to expand and, with its environmental benefits, to contribute a larger share in feeding the world sustainably. Organic agriculture currently accounts for only one percent of agriculture globally.

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Pesticide-Induced Diseases: Sexual and Reproductive Dysfunction

A robust body of literature details reproductive effects in fish, amphibians, reptiles and humans related to exposure to endocrine disruptors. Evidence of these effects has also been seen in wild mammals such as polar bears and seals. Environmental exposure assessments and wildlife, laboratory and epidemiologic studies show exposure to low-level environmental contaminants, such as pesticides more »
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The Numbers Are In: A Third Crop Pays Off

By Richard Alan, Public News Service – IA February 4, 2013 – Des Moines, Iowa – Traditionally, Iowa farmers have planted two crops, corn and soybeans.But farm owner Harn Soper discovered through his on-farm research that adding a third crop pays off big at harvest. Soper has farms near Emmetsburg in Northwest Iowa, where he put more »
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In harnessing land, farmer preserves it

Low-chemical approach models sustainable, profitable farming. Dick Thompson, 81, working on his 300-acre farm near Boone, Iowa. /Photo by Renée Jones Schneider By Josephine Marcotty, Star Tribune Boone, Iowa – Dick Thompson stands on the edge of the concrete manure pit he built in his field, a high point here in the middle of Iowa, and more »
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