We stand united in opposition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to once again allow unlimited, nationwide commercial planting of Monsanto's genetically engineered (GE) Roundup Ready alfalfa, despite the many risks to organic and conventional farmers.
My colleagues and I will continue to fight to protect the organic farmers who grow healthy food and the consumers who have every right to choose organic. We will continue to push for unbiased scientific findings about the harmful effects of GE crops. And we will work hard to give our consumers the assurances they need that organic remains free of anything genetically engineered. The battle will now move from the government agencies back to the courts, but we also need new and stronger legislation that addresses toxic herbicides, and threats to biodiversity, seed protection and other ecological costs.
Stonyfield and Organic Valley, the organic farming cooperative that produces milk for all Stonyfield products, selected six finalists from a pool of 72 farmer submissions representing 17 states from California to Maine. Farmers' submissions were judged on their projects' environmental impact, ability to sustain organic farming practices, and innovation.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Thursday that he would authorize the unrestricted commercial cultivation of genetically modified alfalfa, setting aside a controversial compromise that had generated stiff opposition.
In making the decision, Mr. Vilsack pulled back from a novel proposal that would have restricted the growing of genetically engineered alfalfa to protect organic farmers from so-called biotech contamination. That proposal drew criticism at a recent Congressional hearing and in public forums where Mr. Vilsack outlined the option.
A Bricelyn couple was recently recognized as one of the top 10 young farmers in the United States.
Andy and Kirsten Lorenz own and operate a dairy farm north of Bricelyn, called ‘Lorenz Land Dairy.
They sell it to Organic Valley Co-op from La Farge, Wis. The co-op sends a truck to pick up the milk every other day.
Practical Farmers of Iowa announces its 2011 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award winners Tom and Irene Frantzen of New Hampton, Iowa. Practical Farmers of Iowa grants this award annually to someone who has been most influential in creating vibrant communities, healthful food and diverse farms.
James Frantzen wants to farm. He knows it won't be easy, but he and his parents are doing what it takes to make it happen.
On a recent morning Frantzen was in his home office near Elma fielding telephone calls and e-mails in between questions from a reporter. Frantzen, 22, is the Organic Prairie pork pool coordinator with CROPP Cooperative, and he knows how to multi-task.
We preferred Organic Valley's egg nog to Sassy Cow's. Which is your favorite?
Love it or hate it, egg nog is a part of the holiday season. Mixed with booze or straight up -- or made into pancakes, we hear -- it's an awesome seasonal treat for some and a disgusting idea altogether for others.
We decided that in the spirit of the season, we'd taste two Wisconsin-made egg nogs and pick our favorite.
Wisconsin cheeses achieved winning performances in the recent World Cheese Awards in London, as eight companies won a total 20 awards in the international competition. Hosted by the Guild of Fine Food, a UK trade association, the cheeses were evaluated by judges from 19 countries. More than 2,600 cheeses from 29 countries were entered.
** Organic Valley Family of Farms - Blue Cheese, bronze.
"I saw how much war and sanctions had affected my people. I saw an Iraqi state of mind that was damaged beyond repair," Rasouli remembered. "The people had been deprived of basic needs because of the first Gulf war, the sanctions and now the beginning of the second war. When I returned to Minneapolis I couldn't function. I knew I had to go back."
Or George Siemon, the "Organic Rebel," from the "Community Builders" chapter. Having observed the business model of corporate America in general, and large agribusiness farms in particular, he set out to make a "better alternative" by creating the Organic Valley farmer-owned cooperative. Located in the Kickapoo River Valley of Wisconsin, it started with just seven organic farmers and has now grown to more than 750 farmer-owners.