Watch children’s first reactions at a dairy farm and you’ll see their hands quickly going up to their faces and their fingers pinching their nostrils shut.

“What’s that awful smell,” they’ll ask the farmer.

For a farmer who hasn’t hosted groups of students before, the first expression crossing his or her face might be one…

Many farmers refer to manure as “black gold” and rightly so because it adds nutrients to the soil, which helps crops grow and be more productive.

In earlier times, before the advent of synthetic fertilizers, crop farmers would often buy a cow solely for the manure it would produce and use the manure for fertilizer. …

For home gardeners, spring is a busy time of year and there’s never a tomato with more flavor than one grown to full ripeness on the vine. But there are also many safety precautions to follow to prevent contamination of fruits and vegetables with pathogens that cause serious foodborne illness. Michele Jay-Russell, a veterinarian and…

The practice of composting has proved to be an important alternative to landfills for recycling waste organic matter.  At least 22 states in the U.S. now have restrictions or bans on the disposal of yard trimmings in landfills.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drafted the findings of an evaluation of pathogen reduction in composting sewage …

Organic farms using manure as fertilizer may not be creating growing areas as fertile for foodborne pathogens as once thought.

A new computer model–called COLIWAVE–developed by researchers at the University of Florida, Wageningen University and the University of Groningen in the Netherlands predicts contamination risks.

compost.jpgAs they describe in a paper in the online version …