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June, 2017

Simple Truth Versus Post-Truth

John Ikerd, our Rootstock Radio interview this week has seen agriculture from all sides. The son of a farmer, he began in the 1970s out of college supporting the policies of Earl Butts, USDA Secretary of Ag under Richard Nixon known for his infamous directive to farmers: “Get big or get out.” By the mid-1980s, …

June 22nd, 2017  |  Posted by Theresa Marquez | Published in Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: Propagating 100 Episodes! (And a Healthy Planet)

Download Centennial celebrations are on the airwaves at Rootstock Radio, and you heard it here first. That’s right, this week’s show marks 2 years and 100 episodes of amplifying honest, inspirational, and compassionate voices from all corners of the good food movement. Hosts Theresa Marquez and Anne O’Connor honor the occasion by sitting down together to …

June 13th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio


The Land Connection: Farm Dreams to Farm Success

Much has been written about the “graying” of American farmers; they are, as a group, getting older. As of the 2012 USDA Farm Census (the most recent), the majority of our farmers were 55 or older. But there are signs that younger farmers are getting into the business. Nearly 20 percent of the new farms …

May 17th, 2017  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Organic Farming, Power of We


Rootstock Radio: Keefe Keeley and Perennial Agriculture

Download   This week on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks to Keefe Keeley — executive director of the Savanna Institute.  The Savanna Institute is based out of Champagne, Illinois, and focuses on production agroforestry and perennial agriculture in the Midwest. Keefe says perennial agriculture is part of the answer to sustainable farming. Perennial agriculture …

December 15th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: Breeding for Taste with Lane Selman

Download   Today on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks to Lane Selman —director of the Culinary Breeding Network. Lane created the Culinary Breeding Network to increase communication and collaboration between plant breeders, seed growers, fresh market vegetable farmers, produce buyers and chefs to improve quality in vegetables with a focus on public and independent …

November 22nd, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio


A Thriving Community of Women Farmers

Thirty percent of all farmers, according to the USDA, are women. And even more serve as equal partners with men. Yet despite their prevalence in the industry, women are underrepresented in programs designed to support and assist farmers. The Women Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) aims to correct this gap. Founded in 1994 by farmer …

November 16th, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We


Giving Organic Grassroots a Voice

If you flip on the TV or click through YouTube, sooner or later you’ll run across an advertisement for soda pop, sugary snacks, or other processed food of questionable nutritional value. The food and beverage industry spends more than $100 million annually on advertising, and millions more on in-store displays to catch our attention. And …

November 9th, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We


From Planting to Prancing

As someone who raises draft horses, I’ve been questioned countless times about how we can actually let our horses be sold as Amish work horses. It seems there is a misconception about the treatment of the horses that do the fieldwork for Amish farmers. Many people think Amish farmers literally work these horses to death. …

August 31st, 2016  |  Posted by Maddie Doyle | Published in Outdoors


Climate Change, the Farmer and You

We know global climate change is a real thing, and it’s going on right now. But do we know the science behind it and the effects it has on the people producing our food? In 2012, the U.S. Department of agriculture released a new Plant Hardiness Zone map. This was the first new map since …

August 24th, 2016  |  Posted by Maddie Doyle | Published in Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Sustainability


Coon Valley: An Adventure in Cooperative Conservation by Aldo Leopold [1935]

There are two ways to apply conservation to land. One is to superimpose some particular practice upon the pre-existing system of land-use, without regard to how it fits or what it does to or for other interests involved. The other is to reorganize and gear up the farming, forestry, game cropping, erosion control, scenery, or …

August 5th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Sustainability  |  2 Comments


 
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