Profitable Organic Farming

Profitable Organic Farming

Topics covered in this second edition of Profitable Organic Farming include grassland productivity, production systems for dairy, beef, sheep, pig, poultry and arable farms, farm size and enterprise combinations, organic standards, ...

Author: Jon Newton

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 0632059591

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 196

View: 414

The demand for food produced from sustainable and organic farm enterprises continues to grow worldwide, with demand exceeding supply for many items. This second edition of an extremely well received and successful book covers every aspect of an organic farm enterprise that can have an influence on profitability. As such the book is an essential purchase for all those involved in organic and sustainable farming. Topics covered in this second edition of Profitable Organic Farming include grassland productivity, production systems for dairy, beef, sheep, pig, poultry and arable farms, farm size and enterprise combinations, organic standards, financial management, marketing, success factors and progress by organic farmers. The book concludes with a new chapter covering potential future scenarios for organic farming. Drawing on new information available in the area and including case studies from successful organic farm businesses, the author Jon Newton has written a book that is of great commercial use to a wide range of workers including organic farm managers and those wishing to commence organic farming operations. The book is also of great use and interest to agricultural scientists and students and those working in government and regional agricultural advisory services worldwide. Libraries in research establishments, universities and colleges where agricultural sciences are studied and taught should have several copies of this important and useful book on their shelves. Review of the first edition ‘It is an essential volume for any commercial organic farmers or budding organic farmers bookshelf. It will no doubt also be a very popular read and provide much food for thought amongst many agricultural students’: New Farmer & Grower. Jon Newton is an agricultural consultant specialising in organic and sustainable agriculture based in North Wales, UK.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

The No Till Organic Vegetable Farm

The No Till Organic Vegetable Farm

In this in-depth manual, Daniel Mays shares his proven strategies for operating a thriving, no-till, small-scale commercial farm, including how to: - Maximize production and efficiency through soil health and biodiversity - Maintain a weed ...

Author: Daniel Mays

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 9781635861907

Category: Gardening

Page: 240

View: 817

No-till — a method of growing crops and providing pasture without disturbing the soil — has become an important alternative to standard farming practices. In this comprehensive guide to successful no-till vegetable farming for aspiring and beginning farmers, author Daniel Mays, owner and manager of an organic no-till farm in Maine, outlines the environmental, social, and economic benefits of this system. The methods described are designed for implementation at the human scale, relying primarily on human power, with minimal use of machinery. The book presents streamlined planning and record-keeping tools as well as marketing strategies, and outlines community engagement programs like CSA, food justice initiatives, and on-farm education.
Categories: Gardening

Organic Farming

Organic Farming

Organic Farming is the ideal practical handbook to fulfilling your dreams. Don't miss out on the book Mother Earth News named a Recommended Product for Wiser Living!

Author: Peter V. Fossel

Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)

ISBN: 9780760345719

Category: Gardening

Page: 176

View: 814

Organic Farming is the seed you need to get your organic farm growing. This essential guidebook explains everything you need to know to begin and maintain a healthy, productive, and profitable organic farm, from organic certification to planting crops to marketing your produce. If you're thinking of starting an organic farm or making the transition to organics, you're in good company. The market for organic food increases every year, as does the number of organic producers: in the past two decades, the number of organic farms and businesses has more than tripled. And whether you're growing crops or raising animals, you'll need some helpful advice as you get started. Organic Farming can help--its pages are full of inspiring and educational wisdom from author Peter V. Fossel, who has farmed organically for more than 25 years. Find out how to farm without pesticides, how to find your way through the rules and regulations surrounding organic certification, and how to develop a marketing strategy. A list of resources also points the way to other books, websites, and organizations that focus on organic farming, including state standards. Organic Farming is the ideal practical handbook to fulfilling your dreams. Don't miss out on the book Mother Earth News named a Recommended Product for Wiser Living!
Categories: Gardening

Making Your Small Farm Profitable

Making Your Small Farm Profitable

Making Your Small Farm Profitable explains how to: Exploit lucrative niche markets that others overlook Plan for optimal farm efficiency Determine equipment requirements and estimate machinery costs Compare costs against profit for common ...

Author: Ron Macher

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 9781603425353

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 732

Turn your farm into a cash cow! Ron Macher offers a host of simple strategies for increasing your farm earnings, from purchasing durable equipment to growing economically viable crops. A seasoned expert in farm efficiency, Macher shows you how to locate a lucrative niche market for your products, optimize sales, and minimize costs. Whether you’re buying a new farm or jump-starting an old one, Macher’s savvy tips will help you turn your enterprise into a profitable business.
Categories: Business & Economics

Profitable Organic Farming

Profitable Organic Farming

An organic farm should be just as profitable an investment for the owners as a
conventional farm. In the past, the image of organic farming has been of a small
untidy farm that has been bought to provide a getaway from the pressures of ...

Author: Jon Newton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405151047

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 192

View: 938

The demand for food produced from sustainable and organic farm enterprises continues to grow worldwide, with demand exceeding supply for many items. This second edition of an extremely well received and successful book covers every aspect of an organic farm enterprise that can have an influence on profitability. As such the book is an essential purchase for all those involved in organic and sustainable farming. Topics covered in this second edition of Profitable Organic Farming include grassland productivity, production systems for dairy, beef, sheep, pig, poultry and arable farms, farm size and enterprise combinations, organic standards, financial management, marketing, success factors and progress by organic farmers. The book concludes with a new chapter covering potential future scenarios for organic farming. Drawing on new information available in the area and including case studies from successful organic farm businesses, the author Jon Newton has written a book that is of great commercial use to a wide range of workers including organic farm managers and those wishing to commence organic farming operations. The book is also of great use and interest to agricultural scientists and students and those working in government and regional agricultural advisory services worldwide. Libraries in research establishments, universities and colleges where agricultural sciences are studied and taught should have several copies of this important and useful book on their shelves. Review of the first edition ‘It is an essential volume for any commercial organic farmers or budding organic farmers bookshelf. It will no doubt also be a very popular read and provide much food for thought amongst many agricultural students’: New Farmer & Grower. Jon Newton is an agricultural consultant specialising in organic and sustainable agriculture based in North Wales, UK.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Organic Agriculture Towards Sustainability

Organic Agriculture Towards Sustainability

This book is an attempt to honestly evaluate the practical implementation of organic farming recommendations and to see their advantages and disadvantages.

Author: Natalia Kotian

Publisher: Delve Publishing

ISBN: 177361262X

Category:

Page: 237

View: 832

Organic agriculture has gained immense popularity in recent years due to the belief that it is safer and better for the environment and human health because it is inherently free of synthetic chemicals that are often harmful. Demand for organic food touched USD 81.6 billion in 2015 according to Organic Monitor, with the USA being the largest consumer of organic food products. Organic agriculture and consequently, organically cultivated animal and plant products are an important and increasingly profitable segment among food products that are sold at a premium, higher than prices for conventionally produced food. The well-heeled, highly-educated class of consumers that views itself as socially responsible and politically engaged is the largest consumer of organic food. The purchase and consumption of food labelled as 'Organic' is slowly but steadily becoming one of the means of "inconspicuous consumption" patterns that are helping the wealthy and the "nouveau riche" to distinguish itself from the rest of the society. The term 'organic agriculture' is sometimes synonymously used with 'sustainable agriculture'. Many universities across Europe and North America, have started graduate-level degree programs to teach organic/sustainable agricultural development. The author herself holds a Master's degree in Sustainable Agriculture Development - Food security for development. Organic farming and its potential for contributing in a sustainable manner (read without causing pollution) to food production has greatly won the interest of young college students across the world and this is seen as problematic by critics of organic farming. The increasing agricultural cultivation area under organic farming is subject to criticism. Critics and sceptics have rightly pointed out that farms managed organically have lower yields than those of conventional farms, are input and labour intensive and do not always help the farmer to earn profits. Organic food has also been found to be no better than conventionally produced food in terms of nutrients or organoleptic properties. The supporters and proponents of organic farming strongly argue in favour of the environmental and health benefits offered by organic farming and organic produce. There are studies to support both sides of the argument.Many books and manuals are available in the market (either free or at a cost) to help farmers adopt organic cultivation practices. These suggestions are more or less based on the same principles and have many methods in common with conventional agriculture. However, the inputs are always of a non-synthetic nature. The organic agriculture manuals and guidebooks are always tailored to match the agro-climactic and soil conditions of the target reader audience. The manuals have systematic instructions and methods w.r.t. soil fertility management, seed/plant material procurement for cultivation, weed control, pest and disease management, organic animal husbandry and storage of harvested produce. Farmers across the globe have had a mixed bag of results trying to implement organic agricultural practices recommended for their region. This book is an attempt to honestly evaluate the practical implementation of organic farming recommendations and to see their advantages and disadvantages. The author, as an enthusiastic, young rural development worker in India, had herself tried to promote organic sugar cane production among smallholder farmers. The results were very enlightening. The most important lesson learnt was that agricultural research and subsequently extension education efforts are logistically difficult to implement and are in fact, far removed from reality. The chapter on soil fertility management considers all the possible organic options for enhancing and maintaining soil fertility. The suggestions on the use of bulky and concentrated organic manures have been studied with the point of view of actually implementing these on the farm. Green manure crops and leguminous crops have also been studied for their use in improving soil N, P and K content along with the potential advantages and disadvantages of actually including them in a crop rotation cycle. Organic farms need to supply the correct amount of macro and micronutrients to their crops for optimum growth and input-substitution i.e. the use of a proportionate amount of manures to match N, P and K supplied by chemical fertilizers, is not the correct method. Input substitution can potentially lead to ground and surface water pollution due to leaching, just like in the case of excessive synthetic fertilizer use. It can cause a serious imbalance of macronutrients in the soil as decomposition of organic manure tends to reduce certain nutrients and makes others available in concentrated amounts in the soil solution. The book also discusses the logistical and financial difficulties involved in the procurement of extremely large volumes of organic fertilizers as mandated in many organic agriculture manuals. What many individuals, including this author before attempting organic farming, often fail to take into account is that organic agriculture and conventional, industrial agriculture interdependent. Organic farms are permitted to use manures and organic wastes that originate from non-organically managed facilities. So an organic maize farm is permitted to use cow dung from a non-organically managed dairy or chicken manure from a non-organic poultry farm and hence this makes the maize farm indirectly dependent upon nutrients from synthetic sources. Organic agriculture and conventional farming are inextricably intertwined. For ensuring that organic agriculture grows in cultivation area, gains more consumers and that it is taken seriously, it should be accepted that organic and conventional farming must co-exist. The success of organic agriculture also requires the selection of seeds or planting material suited for organic cultivation practices and the chapter on seeds and planting material discusses the various options available to farmers. Most of the commercially available varieties of various crops in the market are either high-yielding, F1 hybrids or patented GMOs that are best suited to intensive chemical fertilizer usage and heavy irrigation. These varieties do not produce viable seeds that can be used in the next cropping season for sowing by the farmer. This makes farmers dependent upon corporate companies for seeds every year. It is even believed that if all GMO and high-yielding varieties were to be taken out of the market, then farmers would be left with very few viable seed options for cultivation. The use of F1 hybrids leads to the loss of useful characteristics that may be present in indigenous, traditional varieties as these are often replaced by hybrid seeds. Both traditional and contemporary hybrid varieties have their place in the agricultural production system and both should be considered and used on organic farms as per their characteristics and utility for a farmer. This also makes a wide variety of seed choices available for organic farmers. Organic agricultural production should not be hindered due to an artificial shortage of seeds despite the availability of commercial, hybrid seeds. However, organic agriculture regulations prohibit the use of GMOs and seeds treated with chemical pesticides.Weed control in agriculture, both conventional and organic, is the most important priority for farmers. It is even said that the benefit of effective weed control for crops is comparable to the addition of fertilizers to the land. Organic agriculture does not allow the use of chemical defoliants for weed control on organic farms and this leaves farmers only with mechanical and manual weed control measures. This steeply increases the requirement for human labour and machinery use. Organic farming is hence a very difficult cultivation system to adapt in countries where agriculture is not heavily mechanized. Even in industrialized countries where heavy farm machinery use for almost all agricultural tasks is the norm, elimination of herbicide use is a difficult proposition. Synthetic herbicides are applied to farms with standing crops to free them of weed growth so as to permit harvesting combines and other harvesting machines to pass unhindered through the crop for harvesting. The chapter discusses the various options available for weed control on a farm and the advantages and disadvantages associated with their use. Organic farming is highly labour intensive and the availability of labour for carrying out weeding work and the ability to bear the extra cost greatly determines a farm's ability to adapt organic management practices. Moreover, the health problems caused by manual weeding work for labourer also have the potential to cancel out all benefits accrued through the elimination of synthetic chemical usage on farms. As herbicide usage is prohibited on organic farms, so is the use of pesticides for the control of pests. Consumers turn to organic food because it has negligible or no pesticide residues whereas many farmers opt for organic agriculture because conventional, industrial farming ruins natural resources on and near the farm. The chapter on "Biological control of insects and pests" discusses the various non-chemical options available for farmers for pest control and how the natural enemies of pests can be deployed against pests, under certain circumstances, for keeping pest populations below the threshold of economic damage. This is far easier said than done because biological control mechanisms are a slow process and take many years to establish themselves. Moreover, biological control agents such as entomopathogens and beneficial bacteria are often difficult to procure, store, transport and deploy on a farm. They also need to be protected against chemical treatments that may be carried out on neighbouring farms. Another risk that exists with the prolonged use of bioagents is the threat that they themselves might become harmful for non-target species and might even start feeding upon crop species. There have been recorded instances where insects introduced against weeds started feeding on the main crop itself. A farmer needs to take into consideration various permutations and combinations before choosing and using various bioagents on his field. However, the threat from bio agents is not as dangerous as that from the excessive and unregulated use of pesticides. Apart from plant-origin products, the customer today has also grown increasingly conscious of the quality of livestock products and the conditions under which they are manufactured owing to the various scandals involving adulteration of milk, meat and eggs with harmful synthetic substances (deliberate or otherwise) and bacterial contamination due to unhygienic production practices. People are also concerned about antibiotic overuse for rearing animals and the subsequent development of antibiotic resistance among pathogenic bacteria rendering many known drugs ineffective for treatment. There have been reports from various countries about traces of several pesticides, insecticides, drugs and hormones being detected in animal-origin products that could prove harmful to human health to the extent of being carcinogenic. The stated concerns have prompted an increase in the number of livestock farmers shifting to organic production, both for quality concerns and to earn better premium on organic milk, meat and eggs. The chapter on organic livestock farming discusses various organic livestock and poultry farming management systems and covers issues related to health management, record keeping, breeding strategies, cost of production and input and the various problems encountered in organic breeding of livestock. Finally, any business works for profit. Organic farms are no different. For organic farming to be successful, the organic products need to be certified and marketed correctly at the optimum price point for the farmer to be able to recover his costs and to earn a decent profit. The final consumer must also be assured of actually receiving what he/she has paid a higher premium for i.e. truly organically produced goods. The prices for organic food are often very high as compared to conventionally produced food and this is expected to change once the supply of organically produced food increases and balances out the market. The market for organic food is growing at a rapid pace but the production of organic food can barely match this rate. To ensure sustainable growth of the organic food produce market, there is an urgent need to provide farmers with correct and practical advice for all aspects of organic farm management, to offer them assistance with record-keeping, certification, appropriate transportation and food-processing to avoid contamination of organic food with prohibited chemical substances, and marketing of organic produce.
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The Organic Farming Manual

The Organic Farming Manual

Providing expert tips on tending the land, caring for animals, and necessary equipment, Ann Larkin Hansen also covers the intricate process of acquiring organic certification and other business considerations important to a profitable ...

Author: Ann Larkin Hansen

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 9781603424790

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 437

View: 383

Providing expert tips on tending the land, caring for animals, and necessary equipment, Ann Larkin Hansen also covers the intricate process of acquiring organic certification and other business considerations important to a profitable operation. Discover the rewarding satisfaction of running a successful and sustainable organic farm.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Farms with a Future

Farms with a Future

Rebecca Thistlethwaite addresses these and other crucial questions in this uniquely important book, which is a must-read for anyone who aspires to get into farming, or who wants to make their farm business more dynamic, profitable, and, ...

Author: Rebecca Thistlethwaite

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 9781603584395

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 304

View: 784

What makes a farm sustainable and successful? And what special qualities and skills are needed for someone to become a successful farmer? Rebecca Thistlethwaite addresses these and other crucial questions in this uniquely important book, which is a must-read for anyone who aspires to get into farming, or who wants to make their farm business more dynamic, profitable, and, above all, sustainable. Over an entire year, the author and her husband-experienced farmers themselves-took a sabbatical and traveled the length and breadth of the United States to live and work alongside some of the nation's most innovative farmers. Along the way they learned about best practices, and a whole lot about what doesn't work. Farms with a Future shares this collective wisdom in an inspirational yet practical manner; it will help beginners avoid many of the common mistakes that first-time farmers make. Just as importantly, it discusses positive ideas that can help make any farm enterprise vibrant and financially profitable. Profiles of more than a dozen representative farms help round out the invaluable information and encourage farmers to embrace their inner entrepreneur. Younger growers, in particular, will benefit by learning about "the right stuff" from both their peers and longtime experts.This book provides a useful reference for beginning and experienced farmers alike. While many other books address agricultural production, there are very few that talk about business management for long-term sustainability. Farms with a Future offers an approachable, colorful take on building a triple-bottom-line farming business.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Comparing the Profitability of Organic and Conventional Farming

Comparing the Profitability of Organic and Conventional Farming

In the face of consumer concerns about the environment and growing demand for
healthy produce , organic farming is an area with great potential . Its development
, however , is being hampered by technical constraints and profitability ...

Author: Pierre Rainelli

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015051997263

Category: Agriculture biologique - France

Page: 34

View: 841

Categories: Agriculture biologique - France

21st Century Homestead Organic Farming

21st Century Homestead  Organic Farming

ture creating methods”*[97] Profitability The decreased cost of synthetic fertilizer
and pesticide inputs, along with the higher prices that consumers pay for organic
produce, contribute to increased profits. Organic farms have been consistently ...

Author: Lamont Fedigan

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781312937536

Category: House & Home

Page: 210

View: 845

21st Century Homestead: Organic Farming contains everything you need to stay up to date on organic farming.
Categories: House & Home

Farming

Farming

This book has everything you need to get started as an organic farmer! When you get Farming: Organic Farming - Grow Your Own: Fruits & Vegetables!

Author: Michael Rich

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1983516945

Category:

Page: 236

View: 201

New, Improved, Updated and Expanded - 3rd Edition. High Quality, Premium Product. Grow Your Own Healthy, Popular, and Profitable Organic Produce! Why is organic farming so popular today? Both farmers and consumers benefit from the health, environmental, and economic savings of organic farming. Following the healthy trend of chemical-free farming can be your path to a rewarding, thriving, and socially-responsible business! In Farming: Organic Farming - Grow Your Own: Fruits & Vegetables! Plus Start An Organic Farm Business, you'll learn how to start your organic farm at home, which crops to grow, and how to get certified as an organic producer. This book has everything you need to get started as an organic farmer! When you get Farming: Organic Farming - Grow Your Own: Fruits & Vegetables! Plus Start An Organic Farm Business, you'll not only learn the skills and techniques you'll need to run a prospering farm, you'll also learn how to connect with other farmers and trade ideas, supplies, and equipment. You're joining a community of positive, helpful idealists who want to make the world a better place! Don't wait another minute to start your dream farm - Get your copy right away! You'll even get a FREE BONUS book inside!
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The Farm to Market Handbook

The Farm to Market Handbook

In The Farm to Market Handbook, veteran dairygoat farmer Janet Hurst teaches you how to create a marketing plan for your farm products and earn money from your farm.

Author: Janet Hurst

Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)

ISBN: 9780760346600

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 176

View: 999

In The Farm to Market Handbook, veteran dairygoat farmer Janet Hurst teaches you how to create a marketing plan for your farm products and earn money from your farm.
Categories: Business & Economics

The Market Gardener

The Market Gardener

Grow better not bigger with proven low-tech, human-scale, biointensive farming methods

Author: Jean-Martin Fortier

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 9780865717657

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 224

View: 102

Grow better not bigger with proven low-tech, human-scale, biointensive farming methods
Categories: Technology & Engineering

BGS AAB COR Conference on Organic Farming

BGS AAB COR Conference on Organic Farming

Profitable Organic Systems : A Farmer's Perspective of Current and Future Issues
J. BURDETT Cockhaise Farm , Lindfield Heath , West Sussex , RH16 2QP , UK
ABSTRACT Experience of changes in farm management made in the period of ...

Author: Alan Hopkins

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89090957820

Category: Organic farming

Page: 272

View: 107

Categories: Organic farming

Organic Farm Performance in Minnesota

Organic Farm Performance in Minnesota

Conventional crop and hog operations were very profitable , while dairy and beef
operations made moderate returns . When it is all put together , the conventional
farms , on average , outperformed these organic farms in 2010. This does not ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951D034350581

Category: Organic farming

Page:

View: 643

Categories: Organic farming

The Economic Implications of Conversion from Conventional to Organic Farming Systems

The Economic Implications of Conversion from Conventional to Organic Farming Systems

Organic maize yields with no preceding legume crop were only 60 % of
conventional , whereas after one or two years of ... but the conventional system
was more profitable over whole period 1981-1989 , because the organic farmer
would still ...

Author: Nicolas Lampkin

Publisher:

ISBN: CORNELL:31924073245387

Category: Agricultural industries

Page: 295

View: 412

In this thesis case studies of four farms over a period of four to ten years are used to examine the extent of financial difficulties during the conversion period to ecological agriculture, and the results are placed in the context of other studies and models of the conversion process. Policies to overcome some of the barriers to conversion are discussed, and future research needs inventorized. A comprehensive bibliography is included
Categories: Agricultural industries

Start Your Farm

Start Your Farm

Start Your Farm, the first comprehensive business guide of its kind, covers these essential questions and more: Why be a farmer in the 21st century? Do you have what it takes?

Author: Forrest Pritchard

Publisher: The Experiment

ISBN: 9781615194896

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 130

A totally modern, all-purpose handbook for today’s agricultural dreamers—covering the challenges and triumphs of launching any successful farm—from two leading lights in sustainable farming Do you dream of starting your own farm but wonder where to begin? Or do you already have a farm but wish to become more sustainable to compete in today's market? Start Your Farm, the first comprehensive business guide of its kind, covers these essential questions and more: Why be a farmer in the 21st century? Do you have what it takes? What does sustainable really mean, and how can a small (as little as one acre) to midsize farm survive alongside commodity-scale agriculture? How do you access education, land, and other needs with limited capital? How can you reap an actual profit, including a return on land investment? How do you build connections with employees, colleagues, and customers? At the end of the day, how do you measure success? (Hint: Cash your lifestyle paycheck.) More than a practical guide, Start Your Farm is a hopeful call to action for anyone who aspires to grow wholesome, environmentally sustainable food for a living. Take it from Forrest Pritchard and Ellen Polishuk: Making this dream a reality is not for the faint of heart, but it's well within reach—and there's no greater satisfaction under the sun!
Categories: Business & Economics

Profitable Farming Now

Profitable Farming Now

Author: Mike Brusko

Publisher: Regenerative Agriculture Assn

ISBN: WISC:89031276132

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 100

View: 195

Categories: Technology & Engineering

Rushall

Rushall

Barry Wookey runs Rushall, one of the organic farms in the United Kingdom, and in this book he describes the conversion and day-to-day management of his 1650 acres.

Author: Barry Wookey

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 0631163085

Category: Organic farming

Page: 210

View: 494

Categories: Organic farming