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November 13, 2014

 

farmer Grant Curtis climbs down from his combine

Failing Prices Put Young Farmers’ Dreams On Hold

With corn selling for nearly half of what it did in 2012, grain farmers are in the midst of a downturn and it’s hitting beginning farmers hardest.

November 5, 2014

 

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Seed Banks Guard Against Uncertain Food Future, Not Doomsday

When the vault first came to the public’s attention, Cary Fowler says the apocalyptic structure was enticing to writers, far more than a frozen gene depository.

October 28, 2014

 

Lorrae Moon of Yampa Valley Fiberworks coils alpaca fiber into a neat stack.

Like Food, Yarn Goes Local, Too

Some sheep ranchers have taken advantage of the local food movement to sell wool to customers at farmers markets.

October 27, 2014

 

Melissa Garcia works with a classmate on a chicken-wing dissection

Children Of Latino Immigrants Forge Paths In Agriculture

The children of Latino immigrants may be uniquely qualified to lead the future of the Midwest’s agricultural economy.

October 23, 2014

 

Mariselina Simon and her son Pacifique

Young Immigrants Search For Home On The Farm

Farming is already more ethnically diverse than it was even a decade ago and immigrants of all stripes are working the land.

September 30, 2014

 

Workers loading boxes of produce onto a palette.

USDA To Bolster Organic And Local Food With $52 Million

The USDA announced $52 million in grants to grow the organic industry and support food hubs.

September 22, 2014

 

Protesters marching down 42nd street in Manhattan

NY Climate March Shines Spotlight On World Food Security

Global food security was among demonstrators' top concerns in New York on Sunday during the largest march in history to call for action on climate change.

September 9, 2014

 

Kids displaying a carrot, a beet and greens.

Garden Lessons Cause Kids To Crave Vegetables

A program in Boston is whetting kids’ appetites for local produce by taking them on a tour of the food system, from seed to market to plate.

September 2, 2014

 

woman riding a horse

Real Farm Life, At The Intersection Of Arts And Agriculture

“We all understand now that there’s... a pretty large divide between the farming community and the general public,” said Fred Kirschenmann of Ag Arts.

August 26, 2014

 

three people packing tomatoes

What Goes Into The Price Of Your Tomato

U.S. farmers grow about $2 billion worth of tomatoes annually, though production numbers have steadily decreased over the past decade.

August 6, 2014

 

Farmer John Schweiser

Farmers On The Prairie Work Through Modern Day Dust Bowl

While big swathes of the Great Plains have partially recovered from the extreme 2012 drought, some sections are still desperately dry.

August 4, 2014

 

Farmer Jeff Jones feeds cows

‘Right To Farm’ Pits Farmer Against Farmer

The amendment has become a hot button issue. On one side: commodity groups. On the other: animal rights groups.

July 1, 2014

 

paddock of cattle

Drought Re-Shaping The Cattle Map

Missouri, which housed about 6 percent of the nation’s beef cattle at the start of the drought, lost roughly 8 percent of its herd.

June 16, 2014

Food Growth 

Wheat bending in the wind

Two Weird Tricks For Solving World Hunger

Research shows we can increase food availability up to 70 percent just by using farmland more efficiently.

June 13, 2014

 

hemp plant

Canada Jonesing For A Piece Of American (Hemp) Pie

While the conversation about hemp in the U.S. currently focuses on legal issues, our neighbor to the north anxiously waits to talk business.

June 9, 2014

 

hemp seedlings

Now Appearing: Hemp, For First Time In Decades

With signals from Congress and the federal government, it may not be long before some of America’s amber waves of grain get a little greener.

May 26, 2014

 

Dairy farmer Tom Weighner with cows

Integrated Local Food System Can Grow The Market

From the launch of the local food effort, producers have worked alongside buyers to push for a system that integrates local food into everyday life.

May 20, 2014

 

terry glenn with produce

Local Farmers Try To Tap Bigger Markets

Local food sales numbers are hard to come by, but direct-to-consumer sales accounted for just 0.8 percent of food agricultural sales in 2007.

April 8, 2014

Sustainable Farming 

will allen hand in dirt

Former Pro-Athlete Will Allen Promotes Urban Agriculture

Through his organization Growing Power, Will Allen establishes urban community farms and teaches local residents how to grow their own food.

April 4, 2014

 

sweet potatoes at farmers market

Farmers Market Seaon, Foraging For Dandelions, Ag Drones

Believe it or not, it's time for farmers markets! Robin Hobson gives us a behind-the-scenes view. And, will the wacky winter weather impact wild edibles?

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