ORGANIC

ORGANIC

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ORGANIC

A set of regulated crop and livestock production practices that aim to avoid the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, growth hormones, and livestock feed additives.
Roy began operating his dairy in 1987. By 2001, he decided to make a change and go organic. “My Dad believed that the synthetic chemicals used in many farming practices were causing illnesses such as cancer," Kurt observes. "He also noticed physical changes in the leaf shape on his own soybeans after herbicides were used. He thought that if these changes could have such a profound effect on his crop, they could impact our health as well.
"Farming organically is also a great way to raise a family," Kurt continues. "I enjoy the challenges and opportunities it brings. Plus, it's a way for a small family to get into a niche market and make it in today's world while still carrying on a family tradition."

KURT AND HIS FAMILY PROTECT THE CROW RIVER WINDING THROUGH THEIR FIELDS FROM HARMFUL HERBICIDE AND FERTILIZER RUNOFF BY USING A VARIETY OF ORGANIC FARMING PRACTICES.
These practices include vegetative buffers, cover crops, crop rotations, buffer strips, and rotational grazing. He also injects liquid manure into the soil instead of spreading it on the ground, where it would otherwise runoff into nearby waterways. He analyzes soil samples with his field agronomist to reduce the application of excess nutrients on his fields. Still, Kurt believes that conservation and building organic matter don’t depend on whether a farm is organic or conventional … but how the land is managed.