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June 12, 2017

 

dust bowl

Farmers Paid Billions To Save The Soil, But It’s Blowing Away

Right now, the government rents farmland to help protect soil and water. But once the land is farmed again, the benefits disappear.

January 31, 2017

 

researchers in a field

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.

December 8, 2016

 

Farmers pick sweet potatoes at Kirby Farms in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

White House Launches Plan To Boost Soil Health

The White House has announced plans to expand research, programs and classroom education to stem erosion and degradation of US topsoil.

November 18, 2016

 

hydroponic plants

Should Organic Label Be Rooted In Soil?

The National Organic Standards Board plans to decide whether hydroponically grown foods can be sold under the label "certified organic."

August 29, 2016

 

combine in a field

Can Oats Improve Bottom Lines In The Corn Belt?

Oats are a popular cover crop. Typically they're killed when it’s time to plant the cash crop. Giving oats a full season would offer farmers a product to sell.

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.

January 5, 2015

 

farming working in a field of greens

No Organic Certification? No Problem.

Living Roots grows food organically, but since they are not USDA certified, Michael Hicks has to come up with other ways to describe their growing practices.

November 26, 2014

 

hands holding healthy soil

Author Judith Schwartz, Baked Brie, Crop Dusting

Judith Schwartz and the inherent wealth in our environmental economy. Fire-baked brie. Women farmers finally get counted. "Tamale Lady" Chef Erika Yochum.

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.

July 12, 2014

 

kohlrabi

Maureen Ogle, Feed The Future, Kohlrabi With Papaya

How did we get here? Maureen Ogle gives us a history of U.S. meat production. Papaya plus kohlrabi in a salad. Universities work to alleviate world hunger.

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.

October 21, 2013

Giving Trees 

plastic tree guards around young tree trunks

Give Your Garden The Gift Of Fruit Trees

It's late fall in the orchard. Not only are volunteers preparing the plants for winter, but new fruit trees are also ready to go in the ground.

August 10, 2013

Grow Me, Cook Me 

bag of cherry tomatoes

Cook Your Garden, Nut Brittle, Reviving Soil

Two types of candy today: Nut brittle satisfies your sweet tooth and cherry tomatoes are the candy of the garden. More ideas for using your garden's bounty.

August 9, 2013

Feed The Soil 

holistic-grazing-burnidge-andrews

Can Planned Grazing Revive Grassland Soil?

Conventional wisdom tells you, if ranchland ground has less grass, the problem is too many cows. But that’s not always the case.

August 5, 2013

 

prairie-soil-Watkins-pond

Prairie Plants Help Restore Farmland Soil

Farmers feel the pressure of feeding a growing global population and protecting the soil necessary to do that—all while operating a viable business.

August 3, 2013

Farm Stories 

kissing chickens

From Layers To Stewing Hens, Starting A Home Food Business

It took 4 organizations and several hard workers to get hens from the farm to the shelves of hunger organizations. And, how to start a home-based food business.

May 15, 2012

Labor Of Love 

garden beds

Dandy Beginnings At A New Cooperative

Dandelion Village begins clearing, planting and construction on a new eco-minded cooperative.

November 17, 2011

Green Thumb 

Ferrol Johnson kneels by his garden

Ask A Gardener: Prepping The Soil For Next Year’s Tomatoes

Ferrol Johnson doesn’t mince words when talking about the difficulties of growing food in clay soil. He offers tips for being successful next spring.

October 15, 2011

Get Your Garden On 

Stephanie Solomon in a field of buckwheat

Building Healthy Soil, Training Young Gardeners

Stephanie Solomon of Mother Hubbard's Cupboard explains how she transformed grassy parkland into two fertile garden plots, one of which is in a hoop house.

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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