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Using Natural Plant Defenses

Using natural plant defenses for sustainable agriculture.  Self-defense in plants may be part of an effective solution to sustainable agriculture, in particular, growing some crops without chemical pesticides. All plants contain poisons, for example, the sharp spice of horseradish and wasabi,...

The Benefits of Pesticides

The benefits of pesticides include higher quality food production, increased profits for farmers and the prevention of diseases. Although pests consume or harm a large portion of agricultural crops, without the use of pesticides, it is likely that they...

GPS Steering Tops Readers’ Poll of Best Farm Technology

GPS steering was voted the best recent farming innovation in a survey of technical advances to promote this weekend’s Open Farm Sunday.  Robotic milking machines took the runner-up spot, followed by smartphones. “For centuries, farmers have looked for ways to...

Lose Weight with Whole Grains

It’s no secret that whole grains protect against a host of life-threatening conditions, from heart disease and cancer to diabetes. Maintaining a healthy body weight plays a key role in preventing chronic illnesses such as these. Now, new research...

Defining What Sustainable Agriculture Really Means

If we go by the dictionary definition of sustainable, the meaning is pretty clear. When we start talking about sustainable agriculture, things get a little more complicated. SUSTAINABLE: Able to be maintained at a certain rate or level. As our culture...

Washington Farmers: Combatting Food Insecurity

As Washington farmers embrace technologies and advances in research to improve food production, our residents benefit. About 14 percent of Washington residents experience food insecurity, below the national average. The number of food insecure 8th through 12th graders has...

Alternatives to Pesticides

Alternatives to Pesticides and Integrated Pest Management Many sustainable farms use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as a compliment or alternative to the use of pesticides.  IPM is a growing movement among farms of all sizes that incorporates a variety of...

How to Beat the Weather, Precisely

Weather not only affects how crops grow, but also determines the logistics around harvesting and transportation. When harvesting sugar cane, for example, the soil needs to be dry enough to support the weight of the harvesting equipment. If it’s...

GPS Increases Efficiency

Farming is probably the oldest industry known to man, with techniques passed down through generations. It is, by its very nature, dependent on seasons, along with intuition and toil. When one thinks of farming in the “old fashion” sense, technology...

Funding Agricultural Research for a Sustainable Food Supply

Wheat farmers in Washington breathe a small sigh of relief as Wheat prices come in at slightly above the record lows of the past two years—but not high enough. Many of our farmers are unable to break even financially...
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