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Arla Casselman and John Grote
of Ewing Fruit Company in Warren

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Arla Casselman and John Grote of Ewing Fruit Company in Warren. Arla and John farm approximately 30 acres of MOFGA-certified organic wild blueberries. They offer fresh and frozen blueberries directly from the farm. Blueberries are being pollinated now and will be available in August. Visit their Facebook page to learn more and to place an order. Arla is also a participant in MOFGA's journeyperson program as she works toward expanding their business to include flowers and floral design.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
World Food Prize laureates warn against labeling, other anti-biotech efforts
The Des Moines Register - 10/16/2013.
By Lynn Hicks - Marc Van Montagu of Belgium, Mary-Dell Chilton of Syngenta and Robert T. Fraley of Monsanto emphasized the benefits and safety of genetically modified crops and addressed criticisms in a press conference Thursday at the World Food Prize’s Borlaug Dialogue. The three will be awarded with the prize Thursday night for their research, which led to the development of biotech crops, which, by 2012, were grown around the globe by 17.3 million farmers.
Why Home Economics Should Be Mandatory
Mother Jones - 10/16/2013.
By Tom Philpott - I was a rotten high school student, a shirker and smart-ass of the first rank. I even found myself purged from a typing class for bad behavior – an event I regret to this precise moment, since touch-typing is obviously a convenient skill for someone in my profession.
Commentary - Climate Resilient Agriculture starts with Soil Protection
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs - 10/16/2013.
By Dr. Rattan Lal - The extreme weather and drought the U.S. has experienced in 2012-13 may become a new norm and the impacts of global climate change will be even more severe in certain regions, known as global hotspots, in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and South America. These regions are already prone to declining agronomic yields and increased food insecurity due to the adverse effects of climate change.
Hungry Owl Project: Pest control on the wing
San Francisco Chronicle - 10/15/2013.
By Carey Sweet - The woman on the phone was frantic. She had bought an old farmhouse and discovered a large owl had moved into the attic. At the bottom of its roost was a pile of tiny crushed bones and bits of fur.
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