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October 20 2012

Big, Smart and Green: A Revolutionary Vision for Modern Farming


What theyíre doing on Marsden Farm isnít organic. Itís not industrial, either. Itís a hybrid of the two, an alternative version of agriculture for the 21st century: smart, green and powerful.

On this farm in Boone County, Iowa, in the heart of corn country, researchers have borrowed from both approaches, using traditional techniques and modern chemicals to get industrial yields ó but without industrial consequences.

If the approach works at commercial scales, and thereís good reason to think it will, it might just be an answer to modern farmingís considerable problems.

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