Finding Freedom Within the Herd

  Most of us claim we want freedom to do as we please.  Yet throughout history we see examples of individuals and civilizations alike fighting for freedom only to gravitate back to states of oppression.  Whether we describe the Hebrews asking Moses to be their king after leading them out of Egypt,  American revolutionaries asking George Washington to be king ...

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Humic Acids and Lignins: Prebiotics for Soil

Humic Acids and Lignins are like Prebiotics for Soil

Every grower knows beneficial microbes like rhizobia and mycorrhizal fungi can help plants produce strong, resistant, and resilient crops.  Many growers know that having the right microbes in the soil can reduce or eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides.  Far too many growers have fallen for the “bug-in-a-jug,” spending various sums of money on biofertilizers only to see ...

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Six Traits Keep Angels Standing Tall In New Mexico’s Economic Whirlwinds

  Changing Times are Troubling We often hear about challenges we are facing in modern times.  Real and/or perceived effects of climate change, globalization, big data, and the largest human population ever are undoubtedly stressing contemporary society.  Some of these have been put into perspective with the popular YouTube Video, Did You Know.  I’ve inserted it below for your convenience. ...

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Is Your Smart Phone Damaging Your DNA?

  How Tropical Storm Allison Blew Me into the Cell Phone Age As a newly hired postdoc, I joined the cell phone age in the year 2001.  I was not an early adopter.  While many of my colleagues and extended family already wore phones daily, I had delayed my entry into this corner of the technological world.   The stipend I ...

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Fungal Rich Compost Supports Vigorous Plant Growth

Fungal superhighways operate underground to decompose minerals and nutrients from soil and deliver them to plants.  For this reason, fungi are powerful, yet too often overlooked additions to plant production.  Many industrial agricultural techniques damage these fungal communities, resulting in less than optimal crop yields, reduced crop nutrition, and increased need for agrochemicals.  As a result, many organic farmers, and even ...

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Education for Sustainable Living

What is Sustainable Living? Sustainable living refers to the adoption of lifestyles or cultures that support healthy and prosperous communities and healthy ecosystems for present and future generations.  Lifestyles are shaped through education.  Education that allows students to interact with their environment and experience healthy, prosperous living is more likely to produce sustainable cultures.  This essay compares educational trends observed in the 1980’s and today, highlighting ...

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Local Food Requires Local Farmers

Today’s post features text of a speech delivered by Sabrina Lucero at the 2017 New Mexico State FFA Convention, where Sabrina took second place in prepared public speaking.  Her witty explanation of the need for local farmers highlights why recent food and health care trends are creating unprecedented windows of opportunity for careers in agriculture. To learn more about the ...

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Five Ways Teachers Can Recharge Their Batteries This Summer

Public School Teaching is Stressful. There has always been a special place in my heart for teachers. My parents both taught in public schools, and my first career was in education. Those teachers who influenced my own life held a love for their subject matter and carried the best interests of their students close to heart. However, I sensed early ...

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What Exactly is a Biological Soil Crust?

Soil Crusts are Tiny Communities that Can Help You Build Healthy Soil Did you ever walk out in the desert following a rainstorm?  If so, you may have noticed a thin black or green layer  on the surface of the soil.   Of course. you may have noticed a sprinkling of dry, black powder on the soil surface on a sunny day too, ...

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Rendering Tallow to Make the Most of Naturally Fed Beef

Natural Beef is Simply Too Good to Let Excess Fat Go to Waste! Naturally grazed and fattened beef that has never been exposed to high density feed lots or supermarket distribution systems is one of the best kept secrets on the market.  I buy mine from a custom meat processor named Joe.  I’d tell you where his shop is, but hey,  some secrets ...

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