Agriculture

City Compost Programs Turn Garbage Into ‘Black Gold’ that Boosts Food Security and Social Justice

COMMENTARY | Municipal composting programs, if executed on a large scale, can reduce food waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions and promote better stewardship of our soil.

Trump’s Food Aid Program Gives Little Funding to the Northeast, Where Coronavirus Hit Hardest

New York and New England have the most COVID-19 cases but received the second-lowest funding of any region. Maine can’t get any shipments because none of the selected contractors serve the state.

Wedding Planner, Caterer, 'Brand Builder': Trump’s Food Aid Program Is Paying $100+ Million to Unlicensed Dealers

Contractors with no experience in food distribution are looking for suppliers on Facebook while some food banks scramble to find desperately needed deliveries.

States, USDA Launch Programs Help Farmers Sell Excess Produce

With restaurants and schools closed, farmers lost their traditional markets for fresh produce. New state and federal programs hope to connect excess supply with the demand, including at food pantries across the country.

Too Much Food at Farms, Too Little Food in the Stores

Faced with a supply chain disrupted by the coronavirus, agriculture departments and farm bureaus are striving to connect farmers with food banks and potential buyers.

Agriculture Secretary Tells Farmers Not to Count on Future Farm Trade Bailouts

President Trump previously signaled that more money to subsidize farmers for trade losses could be doled out.

Farm Subsidies Favor South, Irking Other Regions

U.S. farming subsidies were worth as much as $14.5 billion in 2019.

Food Stamp Rules Would Eliminate Benefits for 4 Million, Reduce State Autonomy

Recent changes pushed by the Trump administration are expected to result in about 10 percent of recipients losing benefits. Another 500,000 children would lose access to free or reduced-price meals at school.

Invasive Insect That Sucks the Life Out of Crops Is Spreading

The spotted lanternfly is damaging Pennsylvania vineyards and threatening other farm goods and trees. Researchers are looking at a fungus and tiny wasps as options to kill it.

Dreaming Big for a Risky Hemp Crop

Many first-time hemp growers don’t have buyers.

Soil Health Can Combat Climate Change From the Ground Up

Financially strapped farmers strive for soil health to sustain their land.

This State Official Would Like You to Mail Her Your Ticks

Patti Casey, an environmental surveillance program manager for the state of Vermont, oversees three tick-monitoring programs, including one where she collects ticks by mail from residents.

U.S. Agriculture Needs a 21st-Century New Deal

COMMENTARY | Modern agriculture is a dying industry.

Southern Farmers Reckon With Push to Raise Tobacco-Buying Age

More than a dozen states have passed legislation and a federal bill has momentum.

No More Cauliflower Rice? Louisiana Could Outlaw Certain Food Labels

State lawmakers are joining a trend in agricultural states of trying to define what foods can be marketed as milk or meat, while also banning terms like cauliflower or broccoli rice.

Proposal in Oregon Would Allow Farmers to Sue GMO Patent Holders for Contamination

So-called "GMO contamination" occurs when genetically modified plants come into contact with non-GMO or organic crops, usually through cross-pollination.

Farmers Wash Up ‘in a Fragile Place’ After Historic Midwest Floods

Tough financial situations exasperated by natural disasters are a key driver of mental distress among farmers.

Midwest Farmers Suffer After Floods: ‘I Got My Life in This Ground’

Levee breaches along the Missouri River mean that farmers' fields not only flooded in March, but could be vulnerable for months to come.

Where Are the Black Hemp Farmers?

Black farmers make up a mere 1.4 percent of the country’s 3.2 million farmers. Some see an opportunity to improve representation in the new sector of legalized hemp.