Art Cullen: Climate change is killing the farm belt. With a little help, farmers can fix it

Farms produce the gases that cause climate change. Here's how we can change that — and help farmers, too.
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Tom Colicchio, Eric Kessler: How to crisis-proof our food system

The pandemic has exposed the weaknesses of a nationalized and inequitable food system.

Tyler Whitley: New meatpacker rules won't support or protect farmers

As the meat industry continues to consolidate, groups representing ranchers and farmers ask when policymakers will stand up and level the playing field.

Making cheese or jam? A USDA program to pay farmers more for their crops faces cuts

USDA research shows that the Value-Added Producer Grant program supports small farmers and rural development, but its future is uncertain.
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Fitzpatrick and Marra: The crisis for birds is a crisis for us all

Nearly one-third of the wild birds in the United States and Canada have vanished since 1970, a staggering loss that suggests the very fabric of North America's ecosystem is unraveling.

Cory Booker wants to pay many more farmers to practice carbon farming

The Climate Stewardship Act, which Booker plans to propose in September, aims to 'dramatically scale up' voluntary conservation incentives for farmers and ranchers.

Lauren McKee: Reducing agricultural carbon emissions good for the planet and our stomachs

From soil microbes to factory farming, the Green New Deal could radically improve our food system.

A Green New Deal must include food and farming

Congressman Earl Blumenauer is calling for solid, lasting bonds between the climate justice movement and the movement to reform the food system.

Congress will likely legalize hemp in the Farm Bill. It should also heal the USDA’s history of discrimination.

As the final farm bill takes shape and includes regulations governing hemp, an attorney for farmers of color argues that for a chance to right historic wrongs.

Cotton growers vs. urban farmers: Bitter partisan fight threatens farm bill

Friction between two top negotiators has magnified policy differences and represents a major obstacle to producing a compromise bill this fall.

Minnesota cities to Congress: Let us help the bees

The House version of the farm bill being debated in Congress would bar cities from placing stricter regulations on pesticides.

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Farm Bill: House proposal could wipe out communities’ power to prohibit pesticides

As lawmakers convene on Capitol Hill to finalize the latest federal Farm Bill, environmental advocates warn that a House proposal could put public health at risk by rolling back restrictions on pesticides in 155 communities nationwide.

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How the Farm Bill could keep you from banning Roundup at your kid’s playground

A lesser-known provision in the House farm bill would prevent cities and counties from setting their own rules about pesticides on public land. And it would reverse current bans in 155 communities.

Darvin Bentlage: Corporate ag reports huge profits while farmers struggle to feed their families

Both versions of the farm bill continue the same pro-corporate policies that got us where we are and may make things worse.
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