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Compost Emissions – More Than Just a Matter of Smell

Composting organic waste is, in many ways, a win-win scenario. It diverts waste from the landfill, while creating a valuable soil amendment (explored in my recent post on the value of compost). However, even composting is not without its share of environmental impacts…
Dump truck finishes unloading organic waste onto compost pile.

Municipal Compost Use in Agriculture: A Question of Cost and Value

Composting rather than landfilling organic waste, such as food waste and yard trimmings, has several benefits from a climate perspective. A recent study in Washington concluded that composting organic waste…
Assorted cover plants including grasses and vetch.

Contrary Science; Cover Crop Mixtures, Monocultures, and Mechanisms

Planting diverse cover crop mixtures will increase soil microbial diversity and achieve increased benefits over monocultures because of the synergistic interactions of the different plant species. The ideas in this statement can be found in…
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Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest

Packed with tools, resources, and the most current research, this book supports farmers as they make decisions relating to productivity, resilience, and their bottom lines.

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