‘Spongy’ Soil Can Help Farmers Combat Climate Change

Posted on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 by

GINA GUSTIN AUG 9, 2017 As few as 2 percent of growers in the Mississippi River basin plant cover crops, despite evidence that the practice boosts yields and makes soil more resilient to extreme weather. Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Droughts are expected to worsen and intense storms to become more frequent across much of the country in […]

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The farm that grows climate solutions

Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 by

The following is adapted from The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Securityby Eric Toensmeier (2016). The book introduces the concept of carbon farming, explains how it can help mitigate climate change, and explores strategies for adoption around the world. Published with permission […]

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Four Ways Mexico’s Indigenous Farmers Are Practicing the Agriculture of the Future

Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 by

1. Farm like a forest Not accounting for land covered by water, desert, or ice, about half of the planet is dedicated to pasture and croplands, according to WRI’s study. And the continued expansion of agricultural land is driving biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, an increase […]

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Veteran scientist shares wisdom, experiences, crop management tactics in new book

Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 by

Dr. R. James (Jim) Cook, a retired research plant pathologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS), and emeritus professor of plant pathology, Washington State University (WSU), has built a storied career over the past 40 years, one that has profoundly impacted his scientific discipline and the farmers who benefitted from his […]

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The Next Agriculture Revolution Is Under Our Feet

Posted on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 by

By Justin Adams, Global Managing Director of Lands at The Nature Conservancy, and Bianca Moebius-Clune, Ph.D., Director at the Soil Health Division, USDA-NRCS At the core of agriculture is innovation. Advancements in agricultural technology throughout the past century have allowed farmers to feed a population that has grown from less than 2 billion people […]

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Today’s most innovative farmers are getting down to earth

Posted on Friday, July 7th, 2017 by

A global study of land and agricultural methods shows dramatic differences in soil quality between farms that employ some simple management tools and those that don’t. “Clever farmers” show how we can make healthier, more productive soil. The latest trendy capital improvements in farming include items like GPS-guided tractors and aerial photography drones, but […]

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A climate change solution beneath our feet

Posted on Friday, May 19th, 2017 by

When we think of climate change solutions, what typically comes to mind is the transportation we use, the lights in our home, the buildings we power and the food we eat. Rarely do we think about the ground beneath our feet. Kate Scow thinks a lot about the ground, or, more precisely, the soil. She’s […]

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Seeing the wood for the trees

Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by

From the towering kapoks of South America to the sprawling banyans of South Asia, from misty cloud forests to ice-covered pines, forests are some of the most diverse and important ecosystems on Earth. However, as conservationists and foresters try to manage, conserve and restore forests across the world, they often rely on scanty and scattered information […]

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Tropical trees solution for climate change

Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by

Planting trees in any climate is beneficial because there are many benefits of planting trees. Yet, planting trees near the equator “cools” the planet more than trees planted in temperate latitudes. Scientists from the International Panel on Climate Change have focused on tropical trees as the key to solving many global environmental and social challenges […]

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Regenerative Farming — One Solution That Solves Many Problems

Posted on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 by

We face a number of very pressing problems in the world today. Water scarcity is getting worse as aquifers are drained faster than they can be refilled. Soil erosion and degradation is also rapidly worsening. Ditto for air and water pollution. Land is turning into desert at a rapid clip, and with it, we’re […]

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