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Rules for Antimicrobial Drug Use in Food Animals

On October 1, 2015, United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules changed for the use of certain antimicrobial drugs (antibiotics) commonly used in livestock production. Craig Lewis, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Veterinary Medical Officer, Office of the Center Director Center for … Continue reading

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Increase soil fertility by adding chickens in field rotations

Building soil fertility and organic matter is a standard practice in organic agriculture. Organic farmers count on healthy soils to increase crop yields and crop quality as well as their farm’s long-term sustainability. Farmers build soil fertility by feeding soil organisms, … Continue reading

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National Organic Seed Survey

The USDA National Organic Program announced their “National Organic Seed Survey,” held every five years. The USDA seeks feedback on certified crop producers’ perceptions on organic seed and their current seed usage. Certified organic crop producers are encouraged to take the survey. … Continue reading

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New England Farmers Union (NEFU) held fourth annual convention

The New England Farmers Union (NEFU) hosted its fourth annual convention “Celebrating our Agricultural Diversity: People, Practices & Products” in historic Newport, RI. Nearly 100 NEFU members participated in this one-day convention in December 2013. New Hampshire organic farmer and NEFU President, Roger … Continue reading

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Movable greenhouse essential to this year-round organic grower

Most greenhouses or high tunnels are constructed and stay in one place. The Rimol greenhouses or high tunnels at Roots Farm in Tiverton, RI are moved several times each year. Roots Farm hosted a Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island (NOFA/RI) Collaborative Regional … Continue reading

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Biodynamic Dairy Operation at Hawthorne Valley Farm includes horns & calves

Steffen Schneider of Hawthorne Valley Farm has been farming biodynamically for 30 years. Schneider’s practices include allowing mothers to rear their calves, careful breed selection with horns, daily rotational grazing with mixed forage, deliberate barn design and manure management with pigs. Everything on … Continue reading

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Organic Vegetable Production in High Tunnels at Wishing Stone Farm

Growing Under Plastic Skip Paul and Liz Peckham have been farming in Little Compton for nearly 30 years. Their son, Silan recently joined them at Wishing Stone Farm. Their eight parcels host a variety of growing structures among the fields: … Continue reading

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