For 27 years, the popular federal Conservation Reserve Program has been transforming small parcels of land, contributing to cleaner water, more habitat for migrating birds and less soil erosion. But the program has been enrolling fewer acres in recent years and it’s not just budget cuts that could make it smaller still.
Taxpayers are contributing billions more than necessary for farmers’ crop insurance, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The report raises questions as Congress debates safety net policy in the farm bill.
More than 20 years after joining the endangered species list, the pallid sturgeon is treading water. Any effort to rebuild the population in the Missouri River, though, can’t come at the expense of the vital agriculture industry.
With rural populations declining, the state of Kansas wants people to know that it pays to move to rural Kansas — literally. In 2011, the state launched a one-of-a-kind program offering financial incentives for settling in one of 50 designated counties.And despite cuts across the state budget, these Rural Opportunity Zones have lots of support.
As climate change continues to wreak havoc on weather patterns, crop scientists have been working to engineer plants better suited to extremes. But some researchers think we might be overlooking plants’ own solutions.