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Court Ruling on Compost Contaminants Brings Residues Back in Focus

August 17th, 2016

In a recent ruling (June 20, 2016) the US District Court of Northern California nullified USDA’s National Organic Program NOP “Guidance Document” pertaining to contaminants in compost. The result of the ruling is likely to bring back into focus a long-simmering issue of herbicide residues inadvertently present in composts. The plaintiffs, the Center for Environmental Health, […]

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Winds of Calima carry rich African soil to islands in the Atlantic

August 14th, 2016

Soil-destructive practices combined with the strong winds sweeping across Morocco and the Western Sahara are responsible for depositing soil in many countries around the Mediterranean and also out into the Atlantic ocean. Italy has a program to monitor the annual, measurable depositions of “dust bowl” soil from Africa and so does the Spanish Canary Islands, […]

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VOA’s rise in Compost as Food Waste Diversion programs increase.

April 25th, 2016

“More food-scrap based composts are coming into our lab than before and we’re seeing a significant increase in presence of fatty acids”, says chemist Jon Dyer, Woods End Labs. That could easily be explained by successful mandates for organic waste diversion which nationwide are increasing the amount of food scraps going to composting. On the laboratory side, it can also explain […]

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The New Normal: “Regular” and “Mini” Soil Health Tests Introduced

February 5th, 2016

Responding to growing farmer interest, Woods End Labs is updating its Soil Health test program for the 2016 season.  The former Premium test has been reduced in cost from $75 to $55, and a new MINI soil health test will be added at a cost of $30. Woods End’s offering of an entirely new type of soil test went […]

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As Maine goes with soil health so goes the nation

November 7th, 2015

Maine has by most accounts not figured prominently in modern soil health initiatives, but 2015 stands out as a harbinger of great things to come. An emerging group of progressive farmers are demonstrating reduced-tillage + cover-copping methods work in corn, alfalfa and potato rotations, and two leading soil labs are collaborating to innovate soil analysis.  In the […]

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