What is Integrated Pest Management?

What is Integrated Pest Management?

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a difficult concept to define because of its complexity. The idea is to use multiple tactics, both proactive and reactive, to keep crop damage below the economic injury level (EIL).   Proactive Tactics Much of IPM focuses on preventing pests from becoming a major problem in the first place: Keeping growing conditions sanitary. Attracting beneficial insects. Promoting a healthy soil. … Continue reading What is Integrated Pest Management?

What is Sustainable Agriculture?

What is Sustainable Agriculture?

It may seem simple to define sustainable agriculture, but ask two people what it is, and you’ll probably get two different answers.  Many of the various perspectives have similarities, but each approaches the subject from a slightly different angle.  Here are three of the most common viewpoints.   Environmental Focus One common view is that sustainable agriculture is about using farming practices that protect the … Continue reading What is Sustainable Agriculture?

What is Management-Intensive Grazing?

What is Management-Intensive Grazing?

Management-intensive grazing (MiG) is difficult to define because of its flexibility.  Simply put, MiG is a systems approach to keeping grazing animals of all kinds.  It starts with goals (environmental, economic, and lifestyle) and progresses to a grazing plan that takes your unique circumstances into account. MiG has much to offer those who keep grazing animals.  Benefits include: Reduction in feed costs. Desired animal performance. … Continue reading What is Management-Intensive Grazing?

Building a Sustainable Business

Free eBook: Building a Sustainable Business

Are you considering making the jump and turning that farming hobby of yours into a real business?  Do you already have a farm business and are considering expansion, new options in your operations, or maybe passing the enterprise along to the next generation?  If so, you might want to map out your ideas in a written business plan so that you have a clear picture … Continue reading Free eBook: Building a Sustainable Business

Looking at the Bigger Picture

Looking at the Bigger Picture

In nature, everything is part of everything else.  Cycles and systems are all inextricably linked together to form a whole environment.  Microscopic organisms are just as important in their place as larger living creatures.  The solar cycle and the water cycle interact, and both plants and animals are necessary to the food chain. The rest of life is no different.  Our hours and days and … Continue reading Looking at the Bigger Picture