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Subject: Progress in environmental farming
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I am going to really stick my neck out and probably make
some enemies, but I think I understand what the person who
said you need agriculture to produce food means.
Your message is very pertinant and you are insightful in your direction.
Farmers are so frugal and yet many of the modern farmers ignore the
potential of organic amendments. I have heard that they are cost prohibitive
to apply, is this true?
I build attached algal filters called Periphyton Filters. The attached algae
strips phosphorus and nitrogen from farm runoff. The harvested algae has
increased yields in turf grass trials by an order of magnitude in sandy
soils. Exhaustive testing proved the algae to be a high grade manure when
evaluated by the manure tests.
I want to design a sustainable farm utilizing organic based fertilizer and
Periphyton Filtration with the farm run-off. Does anyone out there want to
Farmers, like all us, don't need to be
continually slammed about what a poor job they are doing,
but they need to encouraged to take steps to improve their
Farmers I have spoken with have been so tightly regulated they will not take
steps unless they think they can get credit for it from regulators. I don't
blame them. Why are regulators so big on rules and short on ideas that allow
farming to continue? Why are regulators so cautious about trying new and
cheaper ideas? A Central Florida regulatory agency will not look into new
and cheaper solutions because they say they can't be developers of new
technologies. Does that make sense to anybody? They are shutting farming
down in Florida and the solution is very political.
I am working with farmers on nutrient management by offering
free soil and manure sampling and then using those results to
show farmers how much money they can save by reducing the
amount of commercial fertilizer they need to purchase.
We must make progress in sustainable farming practices which are not
environmentally destructive. Call us if you are interested.