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ISSUE DATE: 09/24/2012

Preserving heritage through seed

By Darrin Cline

Nestled among the forested bluffs of northeast Iowa is a different kind of seed company. Sprawling across 800 acres of gardens and orchards is the Seed Savers Exchange. Unlike most seed companies that aim to advance the prolificacy and mass production of seeds for croplands, Seed Savers Exchange works to preserve thousands of heirloom varieties, from oats and onions to cabbage and corn.

Started in 1975 by Diane Ott Whealy, the creation of Seed Savers Exchange was inspired by a packet of tomato seeds. The founder received heirloom tomato seeds, as well as a packet of morning glory seeds, from her grandfather, who had inherited the seeds from his grandfather.

Whealy's determination to keep these German heritage varieties alive motivated her to find other gardeners who had seeds they wished to pass on to others. After placing advertisements in numerous magazines, she found a handful of individuals with a similar passion; the groundwork for Seed Savers Exchange was laid.

This small group of growers began to share seeds and a passion for gardening. Over the next decade their network grew. Hundreds and eventually thousands of growers who had their own heritage seeds to share joined the Exchange.


Brownback makes animal health advisory board appointments
Cattle Trails Conference creators honored
Codex moves ahead with ractopamine standards
Comparing red-iron steel buildings and post-frame hybrids
Extension Council to hold regional meeting Sept. 25
FSA announces changes to IRS reporting forms
Governors join NCBA in RFS waiver request
Hundreds attend 'Farm Bill Now' rally
Kansan wins regional teaching award
Make business plans less daunting
NASCOE supports USDA proposal to alter county committee structure
National Grange welcomes new program assistant
Precision Manufacturing introduces Tree Puller
QE3: Pour it on
Research may help farmers better serve locavore market
Safety tips for you and your family
Taiwan Agricultural Youth Exchange Program accepting applications
Vilsack, Obama deliver new drought assistance to producers
Wind energy workshop set for Oct. 6 at El Reno


AgriLife Research study estimates costs of mesquite biomass delivery for bioenergy use
Basic Ag Field Day scheduled Sept. 28
Drought can create conservation-plan compliance issues
E15 added at 5 more locations
Expansion planned for 2012 Tulsa Farm Show
Extension to host pesticide applicator license training
Grain Commodity Commission filing deadline is Nov. 30
Grain sorghum plantings up over last year
Higher grain prices could have lasting effect on livestock sector
Immature switchgrass could help cellulosic ethanol industry
Kansas Wheat Commission launches 'America's Breadbasket' website
K-State students chosen for prestigious wheat plant breeding fellowship
Milo incentive program open to landowners in some areas
National Farm-City Council seeks nominations for advocacy award
Ozark Fall Farmfest marks 33rd year
Pawnee County youth earns top honors in Wheat Variety Plot Display
Planning ahead eases family business transition
Preserving heritage through seed
Private pesticide applicator training set for Oct. 2
Take precautions to avoid fires this harvest season
TAM 113 a complement to other TAM wheat varieties
Using a universal pathway to control weeds
WKMA scholarships still available


American Lamb Board meets to address market challenges
American Royal looks to the future with new agricultural events center
Beef cattle producers advised to get soil test, save on input costs
Beef checkoff launches updated website
Beef Financial Management Conference set for Sept. 27
BPI sues ABC News for 'pink slime' defamation
Caring for newborn calves with dystocia
Cooperative effort to provide youth livestock position
Crossbreeding still provides advantages
Drought survival program set for Sept. 18
Entries for Kansas Junior Livestock Show hit record number
Harsh summer may mean a challenging fall for newborn calves
Heavy carcass weights mean more beef
Kansas Livestock Foundation presents donation to Stout Center
Linn Post & Pipe offers livestock handling equipment
Missouri Beef Tour surveys producers on plans to cope with drought
MU introduces Quality Beef by the Numbers program
Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium offered in November
Producers face poor winter cattle production conditions
Rawhide Portable Corral's new processor
Shorthorn sets delivery dates for Great State Feedout
Smaller inventories continue to plague beef industry
We've come so far
Worst case scenario? We can do more than watch and wait


Animal care: It's what we do
Elections matter
The railroad crossing lesson


Defend against winter and summer annuals
Just a scoop full
Lessons learned from the drought of 2012
Mixing feed rations in half the time
New side-discharge crop shredder available
New technology controls lateral irrigation
Next time we'll bring our tractors
Round cotton module transport trailers now available
The fight against the path to starvation


Aberdeen livestock auction report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle auction summary
Corn harvest wrapping up
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dodge City livestock sales report
Dry conditions, cooler temps aid harvest
Fall harvest gains momentum
First signs of autumn arrive
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Grain market close
Grains close with sharp losses
Harvest continues
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional cattle auction report
Lexington livestock auction report
McAlester livestock auction report
Most hay classes selling steady
Most parts of state receive rain
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas Livestock Auction report
Ogallala livestock market report
OKC West livestock market report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Rains help improve pastures
Row crop harvest advances
Row crops improve with rainfall, cooler temps
Salina livetock sales report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Small grain planting underway
Some areas see first hard frost
Springfield livestock market report
State receives some moisture
Texas direct feeder cattle summary
Topsoil moisture levels still lacking
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Woodward livestock market report


Evaluating winter forage options
Landowner, land manager working to help lesser prairie-chicken
Producers look to winter annuals for feeding
Stretching short hay supplies
Testing for high nitrates in forage recommended


9 EHD cases confirmed in Nebraska cattle
Capture cabbage while it is rolling in
Colonial Coral has contemporary space
Colorado Parks and Wildlife to host pronghorn hunting seminar
Coping with disaster stress
Discover the season of harvest in Kansas
Drive top food truck recipes into your kitchen
Establishing a tall fescue lawn
Estimate portion sizes with 'handy' tool
Extension to host program for older adults
Fall bulb planting tips
Fall lawn care tips
GardenFest to highlight 'Art in the Garden'
Include your pets in emergency preparedness plan
Keeping kids safe on the Internet
Kids learn where food comes from
Landscape Conservation Cooperative announces funding
Lawn preparation for fall
Learn how to make compost at workshop
Live 'Backyard Farmer' Panel is Sept. 27
Pumpkin growers unite in fight against breast cancer
Read about 'Holly Holstein' in new children's book
Tree Care Conference set for Oct. 3
UW Extension shows estimated cost to build stackyard fence

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