A Hemp Conference for Farmers

A week doesn’t go by that I am asked by farmers, buyers, and suppliers about the hemp business. I have heard the good stories, crazy adventures, and, unfortunately, the ones that did not go so well too. The resounding thing that comes through as the undercurrent in these conversations is that people are looking for information and connections. I facilitate …

Who Buys Your Organic Crops And What’s On Their Mind?

More and more brands are desiring domestically produced organic or organic and regeneratively grown crops ranging from field crops, herbs, and produce. Whether the buyer is a brand directly sourcing the crop, a buyer who is going to in some way process the crop into a packaged good, or maybe someone who is going to provide beautiful organic and regenerative …

Biodiversity – Giving nature a helping hand.

Hearing undercurrents within the Ag industry is one of the things that, as I am out and about with both farmers, brands, and buyers, I hear often. Some may be considered “buzz words,” some need an interpretation between what a brand may define as an essential sourcing strategy or requirement and how we as farmers might think of the term …

Farming – Loving What You Do and Finding The One You Love

People do not often think of how St. Valentine became associated with love and romance or how more than 62% of Americans came to celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th. Valentine’s Day dates all the way back to a Roman fertility festival that was held in mid-February; it was later taken over by the church and named after St. Valentine. …

MOSES Organic Farming Conference

Image credit: mosesorganic.org If there is curiosity around “why organic,” a good place to stop in is the annual MOSES (Midwest Organic Sustainable Education Services) conference and tradeshow. It is not only a conference; it is a beautiful destination with the event being hosted in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Download the MOSES 2020 Guide Going strong for thirty one years, this year’s 2020 …

Verifiable Crop Quality and What It Can Do For You

“I prefer to source my grains though YieldOrganic because it’s easy, safe, and I have a better idea of what I am buying because the verifiable crop quality is presented by the organic farmer before I make a purchase.” Crop quality matters now more than ever because consumers not only want to know how a crop is being produced, but …

USDA Approves First State and Tribal Hemp Production Plans

USDA approvals for hemp are continually evolving and changing. Since it was passed as part of the 2018 Farm Bill (pdf), it is common to think that it is o.k. and legal to grow hemp in the U.S. What the 2018 Farm Bill did was direct the USDA to create the rules for hemp production within the U.S., and that led …

Trying On Something New – Organic and Regenerative

It was clearly pointed out through multiple presentations that I attended at the recent Acres USA conference and trade-show what our daily disciplines can do for us farmers. Whether that is learning to adjust the sprayer nosel to create better droplets that timed correctly will provide increased nutrition to the plants that we steward over each year, or if that …

Setting Goals and Accomplishing Them In A New Decade

The feeling that time is going by, you are busy all of the time and yet at the end of the day, week, month, and year it doesn’t seem like you were able to accomplish what you really wanted to do. What is that? Why does that happen? We can start off the year motivated, yet statistically, most people do …

Marketing Organic Crops

Multiple buyers are working through YieldOrganic and desire to source from American farmers first. They are interested in helping farmers expand organic acres across the United States to meet their growing demand. Understanding the impact of their purchasing power and what supporting farmers means to rural economies. Both farmers and buyers realize that to help, we have to provide support …