What if there was a way to make space for native birds and give farmers a little extra cash in return?
Sustainable agriculture comes in all shapes and sizes--from a permaculture farm in Indiana, to an aquaponics project in Kentucky.
Heavier food stamp restrictions and a host of other contentious farm bill proposals are up in the air as midterms bear down on an uncertain Congress.
Farmers are getting creative with conservation efforts by planting fruit and nut trees on farms. It's a long-term investment that may pay off for future generations.
Farm bill conservation programs are now so popular, they've become quite competitive.
Long tongues are key for bats who pollinate agave.
The fish were nearly wiped out from the Gulf 20 or 30 years ago, so the catch is closely regulated.
In an effort to save irreplaceable varieties from disease and other threats, plant cuttings are being plunged into liquid nitrogen for later revival.
Right now, the government rents farmland to help protect soil and water. But once the land is farmed again, the benefits disappear.
Schisandra is made into soups and jams and prized as a medicinal plant. Now the berry is at the center of a dramatic new approach to conservation.
The names Wallace and Garst loom large in the modern history of farming. Some descendants of these agriculture titans are trying to leave a different legacy.
Environmentalists argued the EPA should establish maximum levels of nitrogen and phosphorus, and then have a means to penalize states that exceed those amounts.
While neither campaign responded to request for comment, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have offered hints on the campaign trail about clean water strategies.
Harvest Public Media was unable to find cases where the candidates specifically address the Ogallala Aquifer, but each has each spoken to sustainable water use.
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.
While federal regulations have successfully cut back some types of water pollution, they have little muscle in combating agricultural runoff.
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.
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.
Farmers managing the sophisticated businesses that Midwest crop farms have become are spending more time considering business school basics.
Milkweed is the literal lifeblood for the monarch caterpillars, serving as the insect’s sole food source early in their life cycle.