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Featured Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 2, 2017

This Ag Economist Preached Bigger is Better. Now He Says the Evidence Favors Small Farms. (Episode 32)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sustainable-agriculture-blp-episode-31/

Since the 1960s, there’s been a concerted effort by economists and policymakers to consolidate family farms into large-scale industrial agriculture operations. The thinking was that these giant farms could better feed the world. Today’s guest, John Ikerd, was one of those economists — that is, until the farm crisis hit in the 1980s. Ikerd took a… Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2016

On-Farm Composting Rules and Permit Exemptions

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/on-farm-composting/

Farmers have a vital role to play in producing and utilizing compost to restore depleted soils. Permit exemptions authorize compost operations on farms and smaller-scale facilities, such as community gardens, thus avoiding superfluous permitting requirements  intended for larger, full-scale compost facilities. Because there are often significantly less risks or hazards associated with on-farm and small-scale… Continue reading