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Lest we forget floods, another potential result from changing weather patterns due to climate change.  Photo: US Fish & Wildlife Service

Drought, Fire and Freeze: Lawmakers Consider Impacts of Extreme Weather on Agriculture

2/15/2013 // By Lara Bryant

The votes are in and the winner for Most Arresting Title for a Senate Committee Hearing goes to the Agriculture Committee for yesterday’s hearing, “Drought, Fire and Freeze: The Economics of Disasters for America’s Agricultural Producers.” But seriously folks, I …

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Super Bowl Ad Sparks Interest in the Role of Farmers Today

2/4/2013 // By Lara Bryant

Besides the rare opportunity to see the Ravens win, the Super Bowl is always worth watching because you never know what you’re going to see. For me the highlight of the night wasn’t the Ravens, or even the Destiny’s Child reunion. I …

Weekly News Roundup – January 4, 2013

1/4/2013 // By Aislinn Maestas

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s NWF news: Transocean Pleads Guilty to Violating CWA and Will Pay $1.4 Billion January 3 – The Department of Justice announced today that Transocean …

Pintail ducks in flight (Photo: USFWS Pacific)

Pintail Ducks’ Wetlands at Risk from Flawed Farm Bill

12/11/2012 // By Rachel Arenstein

Wetlands in the prairie potholes habitats across Great Plains grasslands where Pintail Ducks, shovelers and American white pelicans breed are at risk from a flawed version of the Farm Bill that would subsidize the destruction of wildlife habitat. This week …

Winter Wheat, October 2012.

Three Things I’ve Learned from Converting to No Till and Cover Crops

11/1/2012 // By Ryan Stockwell

As I wrap up year number two of converting my farmland to no till and cover crops, I thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect. No better time than while on the tractor planting winter wheat to think …

Photo: Arthur Rothstein, 1936. Library of Congress. Farm family walks through a dust storm near Cimarron County, Oklahoma.

Lessons of the Dust Bowl

10/19/2012 // By Lara Bryant

“We were too selfish and we were trying to make money. It didn’t work out.” – Dust Bowl Survivor quoted in Ken Burns’s documentary, The Dust Bowl Wednesday night, I attended an early preview of Ken Burns’ documentary, The Dust …

Old barns might still be pretty, but old farm laws are not.  The Farm Bill has to keep moving forward to keep up with the times.  Photo credit: flickr, cwwycoff1

Congress Fails Farmers and Wildlife (Updated)

9/18/2012 // By Lara Bryant

The 2012 Farm Bill, or lack thereof, has been ubiquitous in news media over the last few months. Opinions and perspectives on the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill are diverse and complicated; that isn’t surprising, considering that this …

Wildlife like these Sandhill cranes forage through crop residue in late spring.  No till and cover crops not only protect water quality and improve soil health and productivity, but provide vital habitat and forage for wildlife.

What I Learned About My Farm from Two Minutes in the Rain

8/6/2012 // By Ryan Stockwell

Driving home one evening earlier this summer, I noticed a lot of water in roadside ditches after a sizable storm rolled through the area.  I thought it would be a great opportunity to see if there were any visible differences …

Don’t Farm Naked

8/6/2012 // By Lara Bryant

Plant Cover Crops When most people think about fighting climate change, they think about driving less, using wind power, or protecting carbon sinks like the rainforest.  However, cover crops are a farm practice that sequester carbon, improve water quality and …

Weekly News Roundup – July 20, 2012

7/20/2012 // By Aislinn Maestas

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s NWF news: 2012 Farm Bill Conservation Programs ‘Essential for Great Lakes Restoration’ July 17 – As the U.S. Congress deliberates the …