The Business of Organic Farming - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

The Business of Organic Farming

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Woman Taken To Hospital After ATV Crash On Wapsipinicon Sandbar

    Woman Taken To Hospital After ATV Crash On Wapsipinicon Sandbar

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:50:56 GMT
    Scene Of ATV Accident Saturday near Calamus, IAScene Of ATV Accident Saturday near Calamus, IA
    Conservation officers are reminding people to stay away from sandbars when using All-Terrain-Vehicles following a weekend accident.More >>
    Conservation officers are reminding people to stay away from sandbars when using All-Terrain-Vehicles following a weekend accident.More >>
  • Cancer Survivor Getting Wish To Meet Chicago Bears

    Cancer Survivor Getting Wish To Meet Chicago Bears

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:24:39 GMT
    A Fruitland man recovering from a rare form of bone cancer is getting his wish.The Kids Wish Network is sending Zach Painter to Chicago's Soldier Field where he and his family will watch Sunday's Bears game and meet the players. The trip signals the end of a tough year for the cancer survivor who celebrated his 20th birthday on Friday.“Bears are my favorite team,” said Zach. “Since I've been little, all I do on Saturday and Sunday is watch football.”Zach is a football fanatic, just ask him. L...More >>
    A Fruitland man recovering from a rare form of bone cancer is getting his wish.The Kids Wish Network is sending Zach Painter to Chicago's Soldier Field where he and his family will watch Sunday's Bears game and meet the players. The trip signals the end of a tough year for the cancer survivor who celebrated his 20th birthday on Friday.“Bears are my favorite team,” said Zach. “Since I've been little, all I do on Saturday and Sunday is watch football.”Zach is a football fanatic, just ask him. L...More >>
  • Soybean Disease Appearing In Local Farm Fields

    Soybean Disease Appearing In Local Farm Fields

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:14:12 GMT
    A wet summer and spring has brought back a disease to local soybean fields. Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome causes bean plants to die early, before the plant has been able to fully grow its soybeans.More >>
    A wet summer and spring has brought back a disease to local soybean fields. Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome causes bean plants to die early, before the plant has been able to fully grow its soybeans.More >>
More and more, people are wanting to know where the food on their table is coming from, and how it was grown. 

According to the US Department of Agriculture, organic food sales have tripled in Illinois over the last five years. 

Even with the demand, some farmers are unwilling to grow the unaltered food.

One of those is Gene Mohr, or the Onion Man, as he's known. 

He's been working the land nearly his entire life, growing nearly every vegetable under the sun.

He now oversees three farmers markets in the Illinois QC. 

But doing it longer, hasn't made it easier. 

"We're seeing a little more asking about it, whether you use sprays or commercial fertilizers or anything like that," Mohr explains.

He adds that he's seen more people seeking out organically grown food, but at the same time, he says those people don't know what they are really asking for. 

"People are listening to "The Media" and they are, a lot of times when they are asking, they really don't know what they are talking about," Mohr explains. "They say, "You don't use any sprays?" And have no idea what a spray is."

Mohr adds that it's a tough venture to be 100% organic, and very expensive. 

Farmers that want to be certified organic farmers, have to be pesticide and herbicide free for at least five years before consideration. 

Also, organic farms can easily lose crops due to poor soil or bugs eating the crops.

Those can ruin an entire yield, and leave nothing left to sell. 

 
Powered by WorldNow

805 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803

Telephone: 563.383.7000
Fax: 563.383.7131
Email: news@kwqc.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Davenport, Inc. A Media General Company.