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October 19, 2016


donald trump and hillary clinton

Trump And Clinton May Agree On Food Stamps, Conservation

The campaigns agree on food policy in some surprising ways. Most notable: both campaigns say that food-stamp benefits should remain a part of the Farm Bill.

October 4, 2016


water drain

Farmers Dabble In Voluntary Measures To Stop Harmful Runoff

While federal regulations have successfully cut back some types of water pollution, they have little muscle in combating agricultural runoff.

August 2, 2016


Cypress tress in wetlands

Indiana Conservation Practices Affect Gulf Of Mexico

Nutrient runoff isn’t a concern in Indiana because nutrients move away with water. When they settle in Lake Erie, for instance, is when they become a problem.

June 13, 2016


Drew Fowler, a PhD student at the University of Missouri

Farmland Buffet Helps Snow Goose Population Boom

To manage overpopulation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service relaxed hunting regulations on geese in 1999. Some farmers have opened up their property to hunters.

May 26, 2016



Farmers Get Creative, Frugal To Stay Afloat In Tough Times

Farmers managing the sophisticated businesses that Midwest crop farms have become are spending more time considering business school basics.

May 24, 2016


monarch butterflies

To Save The Monarch Butterfly, Many Are Turning To Milkweed

Milkweed is the literal lifeblood for the monarch caterpillars, serving as the insect’s sole food source early in their life cycle.

May 10, 2016



Rattlesnake Roundups Corner Venomous Prey

Over 2,000 rattlesnakes went through the roundup in Okeene, Oklahoma this year, but none left alive. A buyer purchases the reptiles for their hides and meat.

April 4, 2016


hands holding quinoa

Your Quinoa Habit Did Help Peru’s Poor, But Trouble Ahead

Headlines once warned the quinoa boom was putting the crop out of the reach of those who grow it. New studies put those fears to rest, but bad news looms.

March 30, 2016



When Rivers Can’t Be Controlled, Farmers Are Left In Limbo

Rivers are unpredictable and they can’t always be contained. That can leave farmers and residents of the floodplain in the midst of a confusing situation.

March 7, 2016


Farmer Kelly Tobin

Low Prices Could Push Corn Country Farmers Into New Crops

Because the prices for corn and soybeans have dropped, this might be a good time for farmers to look at growing crops that can help soil or protect water.

December 3, 2015


Joshua Ploeg in the kitchen

Pita For Lunch, Traveling Vegan Cook, Saving The Butterflies

Joshua Ploeg's pop-up vegan dinner parties. Save the milkweed, save the monarch butterflies. Turkish red onion salad. And, Clara Moore's shopping tips.

November 30, 2015


monarch butterfly on a red flower

In The Fields, A Search For Monarch Butterflies

An Iowa State University report estimated an 81% decline in the Midwest monarch population 1999-2010, with a 58% decline in milkweed presence at the same time.

October 9, 2015



Beets, Historic Food Books, Conservation and Farming

American cookbooks throughout the years, with Vivian Halloran. Pickled golden beets. And, giving farmers incentives to think about conservation when they farm.

October 9, 2015


corn on the husk

Environmental Markets Could Sell Farmers On Conservation

The USDA recently put $10 million behind grants to establish environmental markets, including one in Iowa to reduce nitrogen runoff.

September 17, 2015


picture of the Pfantz family homestead

Food Companies Begin To Pressure Farmers To Reduce Runoff

Fearing backlash from customers, companies like Coke, Nestle and General Mills, are pressuring farmers to reduce their contribution to water pollution.

September 16, 2015


nutrient monitoring equipment

Cheaper, Easier Monitoring Could Hasten Water Clean-Up

Bringing monitoring technology to farmer’s fields means the farmer instantly knows how much fertilizer that area needs. They can then avoid applying too much.

July 15, 2015


whole foods

Whole Foods Reaches Agreement Over Responsibly Grown Ratings

Whole Foods' "Responsibly Grown" ratings have riled organic farmers who have watched their produce get lower ratings than conventionally grown foods.

February 26, 2014

Losing Ground 

Water washing soil from a farmer's field

USDA Highly Underestimating Farmland Erosion

New research indicates that soil is eroding from farms much faster than previously thought.

May 25, 2013

Shopping And Cooking 


Quinoa Is All The Rage, Food Justice With Marcia Veldman

Marcia Veldman talks about her obsession with gardening and how she strives for food justice through her work at the farmers market. And, quinoa is on the menu!

May 24, 2013

Stewards Of The Land 

Berdo on terraced field

Conservation Acres Harder To Come By

With Congress tackling a new farm bill this spring, farmers may end up with access to fewer dollars for conservation.

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