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New Report Shows USDA Beginning Farmer Program Is Working!

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided critical support and resources for countless beginning farmers and ranchers for nearly a decade. Why does that matter? Because not only are we losing farms, we’re losing farmers. Who’s going to take over the age-old responsibility of …

October 25th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Grass Up!, Organic Farming


Rootstock Radio: The Food Sleuth’s Take on “Food as Medicine”

Download Melinda Hemmelgarn, a.k.a “The Food Sleuth,” is a registered dietitian, an award-winning writer (read her work right here on Rootstock!) speaker, and nationally syndicated radio host with more than 35 years of experience in clinical, academic and public health nutrition. In 2014, Today’s Dietitian Magazine named Melinda one of the nation’s “Top 10 Dietitians …

June 26th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food Sleuth, Grass Up!, Health & Wellness, Rootstock Radio


Politics: It’s for the Birds

Have you ever brought up a subject, or raised a question only to be told,  “it’s political”? This happened to me recently at a gathering to celebrate the Great Missouri Birding Trail. I asked if neonicotinoid seed coatings were present on corn planted in the wildlife conservation area frequented by birders and nature enthusiasts. The …

May 25th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Food Sleuth, Grass Up!, Sustainability  |  1 Comment


Butter is Better from Pasture-Raised Animals

Butter is, in the words of the Irish poet Seamus Heaney, “coagulated sunlight.”   For the first half of my life, I was deprived of that sunlight, having had the misfortune of being born in the era when butter, eggs, and cream were demonized. They clogged arteries!  Brought on heart attacks!  Made you fat! And so …

December 29th, 2016  |  Published in Grass Up!, Health & Wellness, In the Kitchen


Dirt Rich: Purple Cow Organics on a Soil Education Journey

Not long ago, Sandy Syburg rolled into Flint, Michigan in his Soil Mobile. An old school bus repurposed to run on biodiesel and veggie oil, it’s designed to be a classroom on wheels. Syburg is teaching the public about the importance of healthy soil. Flint is notorious for its tough economy and crumbling infrastructure—most recently …

August 10th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!, Organic Farming, Organic Gardening


Rootstock Radio: Organic Food & Nutrition with Dr. Charles Benbrook

Download In part two of our interview with agricultural economist and scientific researcher Dr. Charles Benbrook, we discuss some good news in the world of organic: two studies from the United Kingdom that deal with the impact of organic production on the nutritional quality of food. “Organic production,” Dr. Benbrook explains, “substantially increases the average …

July 1st, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Grass Up!, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: GMOs, Pesticides and Bees with Dr. Charles Benbrook

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, we speak with Dr. Charles (Chuck) Benbrook, an agricultural economist, scientist and researcher. Dr. Benbrook has served as chief scientist for the Organic Center, a non-profit organization focused on organic research, education and advocacy, and as a research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at …

July 1st, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Grass Up!, Rootstock Radio


4 Steps to Parsing the Latest Diet & Nutrition News

New “Study” Recommends to Take Nutrition Studies with a Grain of Salt Open any daily paper—or your Facebook feed—and you’re likely to come upon a health study dressed up like the news: Coffee May Protect Liver From Booze, Study Finds NBC News This Kind of Fat Won’t Make You Gain Weight Time Magazine Or try …

June 13th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Grass Up!


Rootstock Radio: Mark Kopecky – It’s all about the soil

Download Mark Kopecky’s experience in soil management began on his family’s dairy farm but quickly developed as he amassed professional training and field experience. He attended college at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in soil science and a minor in agronomy. After two years as a soil scientist with the Soil …

March 31st, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!, Rootstock Radio


Bringing Soil Back to Life

Photo and video courtesy of Terra Brockman. A fierce north wind was driving tiny ice needles into my face as I pulled over to the side of a country road near my home in central Illinois. The wind nearly tore the door off the car as I leapt out to get a closer look at the …

March 25th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Grass Up!, Sustainability


 
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