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Could farm subsidies actually harm people and the planet?

Could farm subsidies actually harm people and the planet? In an article written this month by Damian Carrington, environment editor for The Guardian, he cites a report published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), that says “almost 90% of the $540bn in global subsidies given to farmers every year are “harmful.”” Read full article here. Continue Reading →

Is the Fall Armyworm on the Rise?

Is the Fall Armyworm on the Rise? According to two recent articles by Genevieve Croft, International Affairs Fellow, Office of the Chief Scientist in Research and Science, and Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications, the Fall Armyworm is on the rise and according to Croft “posing a threat to global food security.” In Crofts recent article, she says that the “Fall Armyworm (Spdoptera frugiperda) is a destructive pest that can feed on 80 different crop species, including corn.” Read the full article here. In Russell’s article on July [...] Continue Reading →

Robotic Weeders Have Gone From Science Fiction to Science Fact

Robotic Weeders Have Gone From Science Fiction to Science Fact Weeds can be one of the most trourblesome problems, especially for organic farmers. But now there's a solution that looks like something out of the pages of science fiction--robotic weeders! This recent article in The Guardian provides a quick overview of various robotic farming methods being used in field and greenhouse, as well as the reasons robots may be a solution for farmers dealing with high costs, labor shortages, and the need to decrease chemical inputs.  Continue Reading →

Rodale Says Regenerative Agriculture is a Win-Win-Win Climate Solution

If you're familiar with the Rodale Institute, then you know about their deep commitment to soil health. At Soil Tech, we share this commitment and consider organizations like the Rodale Institute to be incredible resources. We invite you to view one of their recent white papers here--it'a all about how regenerative agriculture offers a win-win-win solution to the climate crisis. Continue Reading →

The Long Term Effects of Nitrogen Fertilizer on Soil Biology

The Long Term Effects of Nitrogen Fertilizer on Soil Biology Nitrogen fertilizer is an established part of most agriculture and plant care routines. However, new research suggests that long term use of nitrogen may have unintended consequences. Like many growers, you may already know there are bacteria that work synergistically with plants to make more nitrogen available. Inoculating beans and peas with species specific bacteria to take advantage of this relationship has become common practice for farmers and gardeners. The legumes shelter the bacteria in their roots, providing them with [...] Continue Reading →