Posts Tagged "organic farming"

U.S.D.A. to Start Program to Support Local and Organic Farming

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 in Environment, Political

The United States Department of Agriculture plans to announce Monday that it will spend $52 million to support local and regional food systems like farmers’ markets and food hubs and to spur research on organic farming. The local food movement has been one of the fastest growing segments of the business, as consumers seek to know more about where, how and by whom their food is grown. But local farmers still struggle to market their food. Distribution systems are intended to accommodate the needs of large-scale commercial farms and growers. Grocery stores and restaurants largely rely on big...

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Federal government funds research into how organic farming naturally deters pests without chemicals

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 in Environment, Medical Rewind, News

The federal government has awarded a $750,000 grant to Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman to investigate the merits of organic farming in eradicating pests without the use of chemicals. Inspired by a survey conducted by researchers at nearby Oregon State University, the research project to be funded with the grant will look at how organic growing methods such as crop rotation, biodiversity and utilizing insects rather than killing them with pesticides can actually help solve the problems that plague conventional agriculture. Heading the project is Bill Snyder, a professor of...

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