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November 4, 2016

 

Missouri River

How Would Clinton, Trump Clean Up Waterways?

While neither campaign responded to request for comment, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have offered hints on the campaign trail about clean water strategies.

October 17, 2016

 

Geologist Carrie Elliott in a boat

Researching New Ways Farmers Can Fight Gulf’s ‘Dead Zone’

Upstream farmers can’t just stop using fertilizer all together. Researchers are looking at plant-based strategies to help mitigate the dead zone.

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.

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.

December 31, 2015

 

queen bee and her worker bees

A Look Back At 2015 With Irene Newton, Kale Chips

In addition to some of our favorite stories from 2015, we examine the pros and cons of fertilizers. And, what we flush down the toilet could become energy.

December 29, 2015

 

containers of_ammonia fertilizer

More Fertilizer Plants Come Online, Bring CO2 Baggage

Three of the world’s largest facilities are scheduled to come on stream in the next year to produce a variety of nitrogen products.

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 27, 2015

 

grape leaf damage

Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

Farmers use nearly 900 million pounds of pesticides every year. Sometimes those chemicals drift to neighboring property, which can ruin crops on organic farms.

February 4, 2015

 

rye

Protecting Farmland, Water Supply With Cover Crops

Cover crops, like crimson clover and hairy vetch, grow during the winter when everything else freezes.

February 2, 2015

 

Micro-meteorologist Andy Suyker says

Corn Belt Farming Boosts The Global Carbon Cycle

About 20 years ago, scientists realized peaks and valleys of the carbon cycle are reaching higher and lower levels. The Corn Belt may be contributing to that.

November 26, 2014

 

inside a crop duster plane

Crop Dusting Pilots Navigate Dangerous Airspace

According to the National Agricultural Aviation Association, 18 to 20 percent of commercial cropland receives some sort of aerial application.

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 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.

February 20, 2014

Ag Info 

ag-data-computer

Farmers Worry About Sharing Big Data

Farmers are using precision information from their fields to prescribe exact doses of everything from seeds to fertilizer. How much data do they want to share?

February 19, 2014

Waste Not 

An outhouse sits in a snowy field in Idaho

The Dirt On ‘Humanure’

As the world's topsoil erodes and drinking water stores dwindle, developed countries could be forced to recycle more human waste to grow food. How safe is it?

December 24, 2012

Drought Drama 

shipping-boat

Fertilizer On Fast Track Up Mississippi River

Water levels have fertilizer shippers scrambling to get their product to market before low water dries up their most important shipping route.

February 13, 2012

Flower Power 

A bouquet of pink roses wrapped in plastic marked with the Fairtrade logo.

This Valentine’s Day, Know Where Your Flowers Come From

Do you know where your Valentine's Day bouquet came from? Most supermarket flowers have a thorny history.

October 9, 2011

Green Thumb 

baby broccoli plant

Beginners Guide To Gardening: Crop Rotation

Crop rotation is a practice that has been around for centuries with proven benefits. Best of all, it requires no chemical fertilizers or pesticides!

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