Food & Agriculture

Inside the Farm Bill
January 10, 2024

Will Congress Do Its Job and Pass a Farm Bill This Year?

More than a trillion dollars are at stake for vital food, farm, conservation and rural development spending programs in 2024

January 8, 2024

Federal Investigations into Labor Law Violations by Farm Employers Fall to Record-Low

In the face of lax enforcement by Biden’s Labor Department, labor organizations have stepped up to protect farmworkers

January 2, 2024

Nine Times More ‘Forever Chemicals’ Found in Water Near Sludge-Spread Fields

New York State and waste management entities promote the use of sewage sludge as fertilizer, but recent tests show high levels of PFAS pollution in water near sludge-spread fields

December 21, 2023

Biogas Boondoggle: Wisconsin’s Clean Energy Dollars Are Spent to Transform Livestock Waste Into “Renewable Natural Gas”

Federal funding for solar panels and wind turbines is being used to greenwash CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations)

December 11, 2023

Guess Who’s Crawling to Dinner?

Scientists warn that reducing our demand for meat is needed to mitigate climate change. Do insects provide the answer?

November 29, 2023

‘What We’re Up Against’: North Dakota Towns Stand Up to Farm Bureau for Clean Water

Pelican Township gets dragged into a national campaign to upend local zoning rules.

Keith Schneider, Circle of Blue
November 27, 2023

Building Movements for Food and Racial Justice Through Organic Farming

For Iriel Edwards, a decision to take up farming in Louisiana was fueled by a desire to connect to the deep ecological knowledge of her ancestors

October 9, 2023

Is Supporting Family Farmers Still Too “Hot” for the Democratic Party?

“If we Democrats don’t stand unequivocally for family farmers, why do we think they should stand with us?”

Jim Hightower
Farm Bill
October 4, 2023

The Farm Bill Has Expired and Rural America Hangs in the Balance

If Democrats were strategic, they would seize this moment

September 12, 2023

Drought Resistant Millet, a Crop for a Changing Climate

"I've never seen a crop that stood the heat and stood the drought and still made me money," says Matt Little, who grows millet in Ellis County, Oklahoma

Eva Tesfaye, Harvest Public Media
July 27, 2023

Not Every Farmer Wants to “Get Big or Get Out”

As land ownership continues to consolidate into fewer and wealthier hands, some small farmers vow to stay in place

Native Life
July 21, 2023

Tribes Take the Lead on Regenerative Agriculture

Ioway, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Quapaw share their traditional practices with both Native and nonnative farmers to improve the soil and water for everyone

Eva Tesfaye, Harvest Public Media
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