Acres in federal ag conservation program have decreased steadily in past decade

Since 2007, the number of acres the government has paid farmers and ranchers to conserve has declined. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Conservation Reserve Program subsidizes the removal of environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production.

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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

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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

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

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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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