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April 13, 2018

 

EPA Updates East Chicago Residents on Lead Clean-Up

Spring has arrived, but for people living in parts of East Chicago, Indiana, gardening may not be possible for another three years. That’s how long the EPA said it could take to dig up all the yards contaminated with lead and arsenic in the Calumet and East Calumet neighborhoods. Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency […]

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.

December 8, 2017

 

Soil Carbon Sequestration–A Partial Climate Change Solution

Capturing and storing carbon in soil is an easy solution to global climate change - but is it enough?

November 6, 2017

 

Hydroponic Veggies Are Taking Over Organic

Many organic tomatoes or peppers are grown in greenhouses, where they get nutrients from water. Critics say that violates the spirit of "organic."

June 12, 2017

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 

USDA Highly Underestimating Farmland Erosion

New research indicates that soil is eroding from farms much faster than previously thought.

October 21, 2013

Giving Trees 

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 

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 

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 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 

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.

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