New candidates for Agriculture secretary emerge as Biden faces pushback on Heitkamp

Insiders want the short list to be expanded beyond Heidi Heitkamp and Marcia Fudge.
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Amid tensions in Myanmar, an Indigenous park of peace is born

The Karen people of Myanmar have long fought for autonomy over their lands. In a bold move, they have turned a war zone into a protected area that respects their cultural traditions and looks to save one of the world's last free-flowing international rivers.


Climate change is coming for New England's cranberries

Hotter summers, wimpier winters, shifting springs: They all add up to make the conditions tough for the fruits and their dedicated growers.

This sacred bean saved an Indigenous clan from climate calamity

Years after coal mining and a prolonged drought sapped their water and food supplies, an indigenous community in Colombia’s Guajira desert is rebounding thanks to a resilient legume.

Liquid gold on tribal land

With its Séka Hills olive oil, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation is reclaiming its ancestral land with a crop for the future.

Can Biden keep his promise to make farms climate friendly?

The president-elect will have to overcome major obstacles, including some of his own advisers and campaign proposals.

A new Native seed cooperative aims to rebuild Indigenous foodways

The Indigenous Seed Growers Network sprouted from the pandemic, and is quickly evolving to help communities secure their own food systems for generations to come.

The future of farm conservation programs hinges on the election

Trump’s USDA is watering down farm conservation programs, advocates say—while Democrats want to supercharge them. The USDA says it’s doing just fine.

As election nears, Pennsylvania farmers have a list of things they’d like to see from government leaders

For one, it’s less regulation and spending — but others say they want politicians to listen to them about what’s needed to help the farming community meet the challenges of climate change.

USDA: Iowa farmland used to raise organic corn, other crops climbs 30%

After years of low prices for conventional crops, more Iowa farmers are going organic, a new USDA survey shows. Corn, eggs and milk lead Iowa's sales.

Can the climate-friendly grain kernza finally hit the big time?

With $10 million in new funding, farmers, researchers, and restaurants aim to bring the perennial grain grown for bread, cereal, beer, and more to the masses.

Bruno Carvalho, Carlos Nobre: Amazon 4.0 will be how to reinvent the rainforest

It took tens of millions of years for tropical rainforests to evolve. It may take us just a few decades to destroy them, unless we change course.

Does overselling regenerative ag's climate benefits undercut its potential?

A new white paper from the Rodale Institute and the Carbon Underground says that regenerative practices, if adopted around the world, could sequester all annual carbon dioxide emissions. Critics warn the scientific data doesn't support these claims.


Indoor farming start-up AppHarvest joins the SPAC craze to go public

An indoor farming start-up contends it reflects both the opportunity and the necessity for indoor farming as the world experiences the realities of climate change alongside a growing population.


Cultivating sacred grains for the bread of life

How an agricultural chaplain is seeking to revive the ancient tradition of grain cultivation and heirloom wheat for churches and communities.
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