New satellite images reveal that few Midwestern farmers are planting cover crops. In Maryland, though, farmers are doing it, thanks to hefty subsidies.
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.
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.
Hoosier farmers planted more than one million acres of cover crops this year, up from virtually none in 2004.
While federal regulations have successfully cut back some types of water pollution, they have little muscle in combating agricultural runoff.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The benefits of no-till and cover crops abound. Still, there are hurdles to making the move away from traditional farming.
The USDA recently put $10 million behind grants to establish environmental markets, including one in Iowa to reduce nitrogen runoff.
While big swathes of the Great Plains have partially recovered from the extreme 2012 drought, some sections are still desperately dry.
The Natural Resources Defense Council suggests farmers could avoid major losses if they used practices that promote soil health.
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