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PHOTO: The future of farming and conservation is in the spotlight as the largest outdoor farm equipment show in the U.S. gets underway Tuesday in Boone. Photo credit: Josh Flint/Farm Progress Show.

BOONE, Iowa - As the nation's largest outdoor farm equipment show kicks off today in Boone, one issue in the spotlight is the nation's largest conservation program. More than 1,400 farms across Iowa and 20,000 farms across the nation are up for renewal for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). ...Read More

A coalition of conservation groups wants the EPA to reassess the impact pollution runoff from farming and coal mining has on Kentucky's water and the wildlife that depends on that water. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A coalition of conservation groups claims recently weakened federal water quality standards pose a threat to wildlife in Kentucky - both from coal mining and agricultural pollution. The conservation groups are asking the U.S. District Court to order the Environmental Protection Ag ...Read More

PHOTO: Agritourism events like farm-to-table dinners are helping Ohioans learn more about the role of local foods in a sustainable food system. Photo credit: Ely Brothers.

WESTERVILLE, Ohio - With an increasing interest in local foods, some Ohio growers and producers are using agritourism to help people connect with the land and learn how the food they eat is grown. Tours, weddings, and farm-to-table dinners are among the events regularly held across the state, showca ...Read More

PHOTO: Oregon Food Bank picks up 1,000-pound bins of onions every other week from River Point Farms in Hermiston, for distribution to emergency food pantries across the state. Photo courtesy River Point Farms.

HERMISTON, Ore. - As farmers spend the next few months bringing in their bounty, Oregon Food Bank is asking more of them to rethink what they do with the produce that is perfectly good to eat but not quite good enough to market. Food, almost past its prime, is often donated to food banks, but it req ...Read More

PHOTO: National Farmers Market Week is being celebrated in Utah and across the U.S. this week. The initiative is designed to promote the abundance of fresh foods available to consumers, and the economic benefit to farmers. Photo courtesy of the Utah State Law Library.

SALT LAKE CITY - From Logan to St. George, the variety of fresh foods for consumers and millions of dollars annually for Utah farmers are being promoted this week in Utah during National Farmers Market Week. Larry Lewis with the state Department of Agriculture says Utahns spent nearly $16 million i ...Read More

South Dakotans may be able to keep some of the worst effects of climate change at bay if new EPA rules to cut back on carbon emissions from power plants go forward. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kizer/Morguefile.

YANKTON, S.D. - Hundreds of people came before a regional hearing of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Denver this week, as the agency takes public comments on rules that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. Many scientists believe power plant emissions are the ...Read More

PHOTO: A hidden-camera investigation by the Los Angeles-based animal rights organization Mercy For Animals, shows a goat being grabbed by the neck at the Ontario Livestock Sales auction house in 2012. The auction house owner has pleaded no contest to violating California’s criminal animal cruelty laws. Photo credit: Mercy For Animals

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - The owner of a Southern California livestock auction house is facing probation and fines after pleading no contest to animal cruelty charges under California's "downer" law. Charges were brought against Horacio Santorsola after an animal-rights group secretly videotaped wor ...Read More

PHOTO: Dozens of Minnesota residents looking to get a start in agriculture will soon hit the classrooms and the fields, as the latest round of Farm Beginnings courses are set to get underway this fall. Photo credit: Marie Loughin / Flickr.

MINNEAPOLIS - It's long been a cornerstone of the Minnesota economy, but those wanting to get a start in local agriculture often find one barrier after another in their way. Nick Olson, Farm Beginnings program organizer with the Land Stewardship Project, says for beginning farmers and ranchers, cha ...Read More

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