Recent proposed legislation hopes to alleviate the barriers to entry faced by America’s young farmers and ranchers.
A 30-year study finds that nitrogen applied to crops has the potential to linger in soil for nearly a century after fertilizer is applied, creating serious water quality issues.
A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirms that farmers’ and ranchers’ conservation efforts to improve water quality and quantity are working. The report is a culmination of a watershed-wide assessment of the impacts of soil and water conservation work, including methods to manage nutrients and reduce soil erosion on agricultural lands […]
At first glance, it may appear that a career in farming promises a great deal of hard work accompanied by a lot of risk with little reward. Yet, fortunately, people are still choosing to embark on careers in agriculture, for a variety of reasons, and are successful at it. A recent study by Michigan State […]
As the battle over the farm bill rages on, federal conservation programs in the United States remain in limbo. For instance, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which financially helps farmers and ranchers implement practices to improve soil, water, and wildlife that are in their care, faces a severe cut. Congress is proposing a $3.5 to […]
A recent report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) finds that farmers, not surprisingly, have improved their environmental performance worldwide during the past decade. The report concludes that there are “some encouraging signs that agriculture is capable of meeting future environmental challenges.” This conclusion is especially encouraging in the United States where most of […]