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July 25, 2017

 

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Regenerative Ag Movement Proposes New Food Label

Regenerative agriculture practitioners say their own label would compete with the "organic" label and raise the standards of food production.

April 27, 2017

 

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Study: Grow More Crops, Store More Carbon In The Soil

New research shows breeding plants with larger root systems may be the key to storing more carbon in the soil, especially in large agricultural operations.

April 3, 2017

 

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Neb. Plan Could Be Model For Cleaning Up Groundwater Pollution

The plan is to help farmers adopt practices that reduce the amount of nitrates getting into the groundwater and implementing more efficient irrigation methods.

March 16, 2017

 

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How To Make Farmers Love Cover Crops? Pay Them

New satellite images reveal that few Midwestern farmers are planting cover crops. In Maryland, though, farmers are doing it, thanks to hefty subsidies.

March 8, 2017

 

Lac qui Parle River watershed of Minnesota

Farmers Fight Environmental Regulations

Many farmers are successfully fending off environmental regulation, from the Clean Water Rule to a lawsuit in Iowa that's aimed at reducing nitrates in rivers.

January 31, 2017

 

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Watch: How Farmers Are Trying To Protect The Soil

Winter cover crops have been used by farmers for centuries, but over the last decade or so they have once again started to become more popular.

January 3, 2017

 

Cover crops in South Dakota

Hoosier Farmers Increasingly Turning To Cover Crops

Hoosier farmers planted more than one million acres of cover crops this year, up from virtually none in 2004.

October 4, 2016

 

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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.

September 27, 2016

 

A patch of rye planted as a cover crop

Farmers Feel Pressure To Fight Agricultural Water Pollution

Planting cover crops and spoon-feeding fertilizer are two ways to cut agriculture’s contribution to nitrates in water, but not enough farmers are buying in yet.

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.

January 18, 2016

 

corn field and combine

Growing Renewable Energy To Farm With Less Fossil Fuels

Food production consumes about a fifth of the U.S. energy supply. Some farmers are trying to cut back on the coal and gas used to grow our food.

November 10, 2015

 

rye grass and old corn crops

Nitrates A Costly, Persistent Problem For Small Towns

Nitrogen fertilizer on farm fields helps crops grow, but if there’s too much left over in the soil, it can pollute water supplies as nitrates.

October 15, 2015

 

beekeeper george Hegeman

Pumpkin Seed Pesto, Matt Ewer, More Meat Means More Land

Meet Green Bean's Matt Ewer, lifelong food entrepreneur. George Hegeman has tended bees all his life. And, making soil feel young again with cover crops.

October 15, 2015

 

farmers standing in a field

Farmers School Themselves On Soil Health, Revive Dying Dirt

The benefits of no-till and cover crops abound. Still, there are hurdles to making the move away from traditional farming.

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.

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 29, 2013

Black Gold 

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Report: Government Could Have Avoided $1 Billion Crop Payout

The Natural Resources Defense Council suggests farmers could avoid major losses if they used practices that promote soil health.

December 8, 2012

Holidays 

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Keep It Classy, Foodies: Wine And Cheese For The Holidays

Brad Dunn gives tips for buying a nice bottle of wine this holiday season. Then Chef Daniel Orr makes two cheesy appetizers to enjoy with a glass or two.

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