Farm Bill

Is One of Our Country’s Greatest Conservation Achievements at Risk?

If I asked a group of people what this country’s greatest conservation success in last 25 years was, I might expect to hear stories about the protection of national forests, …

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

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 …

Super Bowl Ad Sparks Interest in the Role of Farmers Today

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 …

Pintail Ducks’ Wetlands at Risk from Flawed Farm Bill

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 …

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

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 …

Lessons of the Dust Bowl

“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 …

Congress Fails Farmers and Wildlife (Updated)

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 …

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

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 …

Don’t Farm Naked

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 …

Weekly News Roundup – July 20, 2012

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 …

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