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June 7, 2019

 

Planting For The Future

Fruit trees don't start producing for several years. For nut trees, the wait is even longer.

June 7, 2019

 

By The Numbers: Glyphosate Use In The Midwest For Corn, Soybeans

When the pharmaceutical company Bayer bought Monsanto last year, it inherited the weed killer Roundup. It also inherited thousands of lawsuits claiming the chemical’s active ingredient — glyphosate- can be linked to a form of cancer.

April 30, 2019

 

Missouri River Flooding Fans More Uncertainty In Farm Country

Margins are already slim for many Midwest farmers. The flooding along the Missouri River is making things worse.

April 26, 2019

 

Aquapunx, Permaculture And Dandelion Greens

Sustainable agriculture comes in all shapes and sizes--from a permaculture farm in Indiana, to an aquaponics project in Kentucky.

November 30, 2018

 

When A Farm Stand Is More Than A Market

A food pantry in Bloomington Indiana hosts a seasonal farm stand where people show off and sell their homegrown goods, and build community connections in the process.

November 13, 2018

 

EPA Says Farmers Can Keep Using Weedkiller Blamed For Vast Damage

The Environmental Protection Agency has given farmers the OK to continue to spray the controversial weedkiller dicamba. The chemical is prone to blowing in the wind and damaging other vegetation.

November 12, 2018

 

Farmers Put Rare Pig Back On Table To Save It From Extinction

The American mulefoot hog was once popular, but began to die out in favor of fast-growing breeds suited to confinement. But some farmers hope to renew interest in the hogs — by getting them on menus.

September 14, 2018

 

Kira Santiago Talks Flowers And Farm Legacies With Dave Bishop

Aging farmers have important decisions to make about their land and the future of farming.

September 14, 2018

 

Farmers Take In The Latest Toys And Technology At Farm Progress Show

Low prices and tariffs have stressed the Midwest ag economy, but they haven’t slowed the sales pitches of companies vying for a piece of the farmer’s dollar.

August 3, 2018

 

When Independent Farmers Join Forces

Farmers are known for being independent, but some growers in Southwestern Colorado are learning the benefits of working together.

July 10, 2018

 

Rhode Island Bets Cheap Land Will Help Local Agriculture Thrive

The state is about to offer bargain basement prices on something that's become increasingly unaffordable: real estate. But the land must be used for farming only.

May 22, 2018

 

Dairy Farmers Milking For What It’s Worth, Unsure What Comes Next

Milk prices have plummeted in a market flooded with supply from foreign producers and larger operations squeezing out small farmers.

April 10, 2018

 

A Grass-Roots Movement For Healthy Soil Spreads Among Farmers

America's farmers are digging soil like never before. A movement for "regenerative agriculture" is dedicated to building healthier soil and could even lead to a new eco-label on food.

April 6, 2018

 

When Farmland Gives Way To Development

Big cities in the Midwest are gaining ground on the rural communities that, for many decades, have thrived on the edges of urban development. Since 1980, the amount of land being farmed or grazed in the U.S. has dropped 13 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Much of it now is covered by […]

March 23, 2018

 

Matchmaking–Farmers To Farmland

On this week’s show we take a look at farmland transitions. As the farming population ages, who will take reins? We’ve got farmers hanging up their hats, with no one to take over the family farm, and we’ve got young people, anxious to get started farming, with no land to call their own. We sit […]

November 7, 2017

 

The Big Stories Behind Small Seeds and How to Save Them

Gardener John Coykendall has collected hundreds of rare heirloom varieties of seeds. Knowing the history of our food, he says, is part of knowing who we are.

November 2, 2017

 

Organic Acreage On The Rise

As prices drop for conventional crops, some farmers are looking to organic.

October 27, 2017

 

Genetic Advances In Sunflowers May Mean Future Profits

Self-pollination is a trait that'll be increasingly important to sunflower farmers as wild bee populations diminish.

October 4, 2017

 

It Takes A Village – And A Lot Of Money – To Save An Aquifer

Colorado Farmers Tax Themselves In An Effort To Save Their Water Supply.

April 20, 2017

 

Study: Climate Change Forces New Choices For Farmers

The study measures the difference in number and occurrence of field working days the climate becomes more volatile to agriculture.

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