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Vilsack remains rural champion, offers plan to boost jobs.

Tom Vilsack sees a path forward for rural America.

Salon


Forget sustainable farming — regenerative agriculture is the new frontier.

Meet the innovative grazing expert profiled in “This Farm Is Medicine”.

Salon


Rural Kansas is dying. I drove 1,800 miles to find out why.

A native Kansan returns home to find that the broken promises of commodity agriculture have destroyed a way of life.

The New Food Economy


What is sustainability? It depends who you ask.

Sustainability has become one of the most widely used words in American agriculture and the U.S. food system.


ENVIRONMENTAL TRIFECTA: COVER CROPS, NO-TILL, & PLANTING GREEN

On a sunny day in late March when the neighbors are prepping their planters, you can find Trey Hill planting corn into a foot of green clover, cereal rye, and a mix of other cover crops.

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How rural America got milked.

Corporate-run agricultural co-ops are squeezing the very farmers they’re supposed to protect. Making them work again could help revive the heartland.


General Mills is transitioning 53 square miles of South Dakota farmland to certified organic.

If big food companies are going to meet growing demand for organics, they'll need to take an interest in farming.


For small-scale organic farmers, growing crops is the easy part. Getting produce to market – and getting paid – is the challenge.

MARIA ROMERO had never worked in agriculture before she moved to Watsonville 16 years ago.


Op-ed: Can Food Retailers Develop Policies That Drive Sustainable Agriculture?

One of the most fascinating sustainability questions for food retailers is whether their corporate environmental policies can drive agroecology practices on the farm.


By the Numbers: A Look at Consolidation in U.S. Agriculture.

Big Agriculture is still strong, but family farms are fighting back.


Digging deep: Harnessing the power of soil microbes for more sustainable farming.

'Farm of the future' project marries microbiology and machine learning.


A 12-step plan to Amazing Grazing.

Adaptive grazing is a term describing a management approach that includes many practices such as frequent rotation of cattle and stockpiling for winter grazing.


This Georgia rancher might be our best hope for a sustainable future.

Ride shotgun on this game-changing farm in “One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts,” streaming now on Salon Premium.


Can soil organic matter increase at an annual rate of 1%?

Soil health is a key driver of agricultural productivity and environmental resilience.


Legislature should strengthen and diversify rural economies

I have lived in the beautiful North Fork Valley of Colorado since 1973.


The next generation of farming: AM Ranch, Super Tuber Farm team up

Across the nation, the small family farm is in decline.


With the USDA’s Blessing, CAFOs Are Driving Organic Dairy Farmers Out of Business

As dairy farmers have seen many times in the past, a glut of milk has flooded the market and dropped farm pay prices to the point that some farmers will be forced out of business.


Is Farming Key for Carbon Trapping?

According to the old adage, if you’re not part of the solution then you’re part of the problem.


Diversified farmer receives PFI sustainable ag award

Earl Hafner, of Panora, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2018 Practical Farmers of Iowa Sustainable Agriculture Achievement award.


Organic farming oftentimes most viable for new producers

Some U.S. organic farmers say they’re facing intense pressure from cheap imports that are labeled “organic” but don’t comply with U.S. Department of Agriculture standards. Wochit


Over 100 Places to Buy Heirloom, Organic, and Non-GMO Seeds

It’s difficult to know where your seeds come from…unless you buy them from a seed company that’s devoted to organic and heirloom practices.


Colorado Millet: A Local Grain that Counts!

A combination of a mother’s concern and first-rate farming practices led Golden Prairie to become a premier grower of certified organic millet in the Rocky Mountain West and the largest national distributor of certified organic millet for human consumption…


Welcome to Colorado Grains: A local food revolution all by itself!

We are clearly at a tipping point, as grain producers and artisans are showing us how grains can return to our plate and why they should…



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