Tune in. July 19, 9-9:30AM CT – Grazing guru Cody Holmes – how multi-species grazing benefits soil, livestock, and people

What: Deep Roots Radio interview with Cody Holmes When: Saturday, July 19, 2014, 9:00-9:30 AM Central Time Where: Broadcast and streamed live on WPCA Radio, 93.1FM, http://www.wpcaradio.org I was lucky. It was a cold early December afternoon, and Cody Holmes was at the front of the room. There were about 70 of us in that St. Paul, Minnesota hotel meeting space; men and women from all across the country, Canada, Mexico and Europe. We sat behind long tables, our legs stretched in front of us, and our attention intent on Cody – one of the top grazing gurus in the … Continue reading

Growing agricultural tourism – good for farmers, good for visitors

How Midwest farmers can use agri-tourism to increase revenues and boost local economies.

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Temporarily stymied by farming.

June 26, 2014 I just stood there. I stared at the full 150-gallon water trough and wondered, “How am I going to move that thing 300 feet to the next paddock for my thirsty cows?” An experienced farmer would have looked at the situation and immediately pulled from years of similar challenges to come up with three or four possible approaches. A much younger – and stronger – farmer would have applied brawn as well as brain to implement a solution. But I am neither deeply experienced nor young and strong. I am, like so many new farmers across the … Continue reading

A day in the life

6:00 AM – As always, MPR’s Cathy Wurzer’s bright voice from the bedside radio let’s me know the world has survived another night and Minnesota is involved in all kinds of activity. Although I now farm in Western Wisconsin, I pulled many of my Minnesota habits with me when I crossed the river. In an hour the radio will automatically switch to Wisconsin Public Radio – new alliances. 6:45 AM – Doing some laundry. In the heat of summer, and when you’re dealing with livestock, sweat, dirt and manure build up on everything. Dave and I often go through two … Continue reading

John Mesko, Exec Dir, Sustainable Farming Assoc of MN. When farm plans meet reality

Sustainable Farmers Association of MN Executive Director John Mesko on the benefits of farm planning and what it means to play out the plan.

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Update: Plowing with my keyboard

Grrr, and Happy Anniversary It’s part of farming – a part that cramps my neck and makes my eyes water from fatigue: computer work. I’ve been rebuilding this website – From the Bronx to the Barn – for several weeks now. Why so long? Because a website that includes podcasts, automated feeds to iTunes, videos to YouTube and photos to galleries isn’t the easiest thing to construct. At least not for this farmer. I’m migrating my website to a new service provider and I’m doing it with unfamiliar software. Yes, I’ve a few bald patches to show for the effort. … Continue reading

Dr. Gail Hansen – on industrial ag and antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Dr. Gail Hansen describes how the overuse of antibiotics in industrial livestock production creates antibiotic-resistant bacteria – a healthcare crises in the USA

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U of Guelph research links GMO crops to dramatic decline of monarch butterfly

This Canadian research shows how industrial-sized crop farming has dramatically reduced monarch butterfly populations in North America

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The reluctant lover

Spring 2014 Farm Update He called to say he’d be an hour late. A tiny inconvenience, but unavoidable. He’d had to drive to Eau Clare earlier in the day. Fortunately, the breeze was gentle. I didn’t mind standing in the bright sunshine. When he arrived, he pulled the long trailer up close to the milking parlor and disappeared inside the barn. Five minutes. Not a sound. Ten minutes. Birds sang over the alfalfa field. Fifteen minutes and nothing coming from the barn. What was going on? I paced, but made sure I stayed away from the barn windows. I didn’t … Continue reading