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Becoming a Disease Manager

About Erik Vegeto Erik is a student of Plant, Soil and Insect Science at Umass Amherst. He has a passion for restorative agriculture and environmental stewardship that drives him forward into new frontiers of thought. Erik loves to read, play guitar, and be creative. One day he hopes to have his own farm and write for a living.
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Cover Crop

Cover Cropping – Techniques for Creating Productive Soil

Part 1: Should You Cover Crop?  Yes! But only if you are willing to put in the time, money, and effort that having a successful cover crop requires. Most farmers
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The Soil is Alive – Updates from University of Kentucky Integrated Plant and Soil Science

The Soil Is Alive! Did you know that a teaspoon of productive soil contains between 100 million and 1 billion bacteria? That adds up to equal the weight of two
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Using Perennials

By Meylin Muniz The Benefits of Perennials Apples, pecans, asparagus, and blackberries- what do these delicious foods have in common? Depending on your climate zone, each of these can be
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The Effects of Fertilizer Runoff

Fertilizer Use Revolutionized Food Production Have you ever wondered why so many people are concerned about the use of fertilizer in agriculture and the impact of field runoff on the
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Labor Costs

Increasing Farm Wages: A Labor Crisis and the Effects on Agriculture

Rising Farm Wages and Labor Costs May Lead to Higher Grocery Bills Farms across America are struggling to secure sufficient labor and pay increasing minimum wages. This issue is most
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