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Bridging the gap between farm and table for sustainable agriculture

“I’m a doctoral student at WSU in the School of Economic Sciences.” The audience looked puzzled whenever I introduced myself with this sentence at the…

Shared Data is a Key Part of Integrated Floodplain Management in the Puyallup Watershed

In the Puget Sound Region, it’s clear that climate change impacts will involve changes in precipitation that will impact agriculture, especially agriculture in floodplain areas…

Ecosystem Monitoring

As a long time farmer and recent graduate student, going to conferences like the Tilth Conference are opportunities to go see my people.  People who…

2018 Cover Crop Monoculture vs Mixture Update

Since my 2016 post, “Cover crop best bet is monoculture, not mix,” I have continued to follow the research on cover crop mixtures looking for…

Northwest Rangelands – Where Do our Climate Vulnerabilities Lie?

What will climate change look like on Pacific Northwest rangelands, which cover a huge area of our region? It will undoubtedly have complex impacts on…

Learning from some of the first adopters of high residue farming in the Columbia Basin

Topsoil has often been referred to as the “thin skin” of our planet, essential for producing the food that feeds us. Because it’s not easy…

Big Biomass and More Often; A Green Manure Frequency Hypothesis

In a previous post, I argued that green manures require big biomass to achieve benefits that outweigh the damage done by tilling the crop into…

Without big biomass, green manures are a step backwards

Green manuring is the lesser-used option in cover cropping. Most cover crops are killed and left on the soil surface, but green manures are tilled…

Soils under corn and tallgrass prairie; research to challenge our assumptions

It is often thought that nature is diverse and that the move to agriculture reduces that diversity which results in reduced function, or ecosystem services.…

Organic Ag Snapshot for 2017

Organic agriculture in Washington State, as with the rest of the country and world, experienced continued growth in 2017, as we documented in our latest…
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