Begun in 1970, when there were merely a few lone souls practicing eco-agriculture, farming that is both economical and ecological, Acres U.S.A. founder and executive editor Charles Walters recognized how the methodical cheating of small farmers and the enforced swing toward new, chemical agriculture were gears in the same machine, working in tandem to transform the countryside -- and not for the better. Corporate power and public policy were colluding in the destruction of the family farm, and the process of annihilation was gathering speed. Walters met, interviewed and presented to the public the works of soil scientists, farmers, economic thinkers and farm policy experts who were gradually being pushed aside by mainstream publications in favor of more modern, and more toxic, solutions. He worked tirelessly to reveal the inadequacies of chemical farming, and promoted gently coaxing nature into yielding her bounty.
Decades later, Acres U.S.A. readers continue to receive the latest news and in-depth analyses of ecological agriculture technologies, economic issues and environmental news each month. They meet successful eco-farmers through case reports. Top figures in eco-agriculture share their stories, struggles and successes through the Acres U.S.A. Interview. And eco-agriculture is brought full-circle through countless discussions of complex veterinary and human health and healing issues. Add in regular columns on marketing, grazing, tillage methods, soils, weed and insect control, high-value crops, news from around the world, meetings, and more, and you’ll begin to understand the scope of what Acres U.S.A. offers.
Based on the work of scientists and farmers whose sophisticated approach to agriculture reveals chemical farming as obsolete and misguided, Acres U.S.A. teaches readers how to embrace the science of nature. Rather than batter nature into submission with bizarre chemistry that short-circuits natural processes, sustainable farmers feed the soil and bring it into balance. Subsequently, they are rewarded with superior crops and lower input costs. Acres U.S.A. has helped thousands of farmers feed the nation's growing appetite for clean, delicious food and showed them how to make a profit while they're at it.
Acres U.S.A. holds a unique understanding of and role in the eco-agriculture movement, introducing readers to the experts who are putting both new practices and proven methods to work in the field. We’re not reporting on trends from afar; our writers are experts in their field, providing high-level, useful information for serious farmers.
Acres U.S.A. is independent of government, Extension, the universities, agribusiness and the agrichemical industry. We’re a family-owned business and an outspoken authority on eco-farming, unfettered from any outside interests. We aim for comprehensive coverage of the multitude of issues within the vast field of farming.
Learn from the oldest and largest magazine focusing on sustainable agriculture, emphasizing practical, soils up advice for sophisticated, innovative farmers. Leading the movement toward chemical-free agriculture for over 35 years, our readers rely on Acres U.S.A. for the latest techniques for growing bountiful, nutritious crops and raising healthy, vibrant livestock.