Dan Moore's daughter feeding the hogs at Ninja Cow Farm (Credit: Dan Moore)

Bringing the “farm” back to hog farming

A look at the economics and scalability of raising hogs outside—and the characters doing it

RALEIGH, N.C.—Dan Moore's farm marks an abrupt exit from the fringes of suburbia: cookie cooker homes give way as a rolling road weaves you through a dense canopy of deciduous trees.

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Originals

Treatment, taste and trends

HARLAN, Iowa—Over a lunch of burgers and pork tacos, Ron Rosmann talks about everything from bluegrass music to one of his favorite authors, Mari Sandoz.

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Food

On superior farmlands, limited appetite for local food.

In hyper-fertile Central Illinois, sustainable farmers seek local support, but end up trekking their wares to Chicago.

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Climate

Facing an even hotter, drier climate, Jordan testing desert agriculture.

OCTOBER 4, 2017 AQABA, JORDAN—Hope in Jordan is taking the form of a cucumber in the desert.

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Food

Ben & Jerry’s pledges to protect dairy workers’ rights.

A worker milking cows in a Vermont dairy barn might seem to have little in common with one picking tomatoes in a Florida field. But effective this week, both enjoy the benefits of a system of labor protections that President Bill Clinton called “the most astonishing thing politically in the world we’re living in today.”

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Food

Minnesota's organic farming industry shows steady growth, USDA survey shows.

Cow milk was the most valuable organic product in Minnesota in 2016, racking up more than $43 million in sales.

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Justice

Milwaukee is showing how urban gardening can heal a city.

It’s a chilly spring morning in Milwaukee; rain falls softly from a pigeon-gray sky. Yet here, in a parking lot in a rundown section of town, a couple dozen volunteers have assembled for the Victory Garden Initiative‘s (VGI) ninth-annual “Blitz.” They will spend this soggy Saturday building raised-bed gardens in yards across town—from the suburbs to the urban core. Over the course of the two-week event, they will prepare more than 500 beds, adding to the 3,000 gardens VGI has already installed throughout the city.

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Toxics

Wisconsin's organic growers decry imposters.

One of the biggest threats to U.S. organic farming, those in the industry say, comes from products labeled “organic” but aren’t the real deal.

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Food

Aquaponics farmers band together to set their industry apart.

Kimberly Aney, a recent graduate of the agriculture program at SUNY Cobleskill in Upstate New York, has dreams of building a small farm that grows fish and lettuce in concert with one another. She says she sees the practice, known as aquaponics, as a cheap, clean, and compact alternative to the inefficiencies she observed on the dairy farm on which she grew up.

Food

How organic farmers are ‘gaining ground.’

“I’ve never been comfortable growing lawns and golf courses when there’s a worldwide food shortage,” says Willow Coberly at the beginning of the new documentary “Gaining Ground.” Willow is married to Harry Stalford, a grass-seed farmer from Oregon’s Willamette Valley who, at the start of the film, is as conventional as they come. His transformation into a champion of organic wheat, thanks to his wife’s prodding and persistence, is the moral heart of this stirring film.

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How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

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