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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 in flight (Photo: USFWS Pacific)

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 …

Winter Wheat, October 2012.

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 …

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

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 …

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)

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 …

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

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 …

Weekly News Roundup – July 13, 2012

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s NWF news: House Agriculture Committee Passes Farm Bill that Will Lead …

Calling on Wildlife Fans in Texas and Oklahoma

On July 11th, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) and member K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) tried to make the argument that the states of Texas and Oklahoma should be …

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