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PHOTO: While some Hoosiers voice concerns over health matters, those in favor of ordinances allowing backyard chickens say the birds are a sustainable food source and just as clean as any other pet. Photo credit: Jason Webber.

INDIANAPOLIS – Raising chickens in the city is becoming increasingly popular as more Hoosiers move toward eating locally. Goshen officials this week reversed an earlier decision and will allow residents to raise chickens at their homes. Karen Schulte-Coman helped get a similar ordinance pa ...Read More

PHOTO: A new rule clarifying where the Clean Water Act applies seems to be drawing a lot of support from farmers like Steph Larsen, seen here watering her sheep. Photo courtesy of Steph Larsen.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A change in federal clean water rules appears to be popular with some major stakeholders, especially farmers, hunters and anglers. Two federal court decisions had "muddied" the rules about where the Clean Water Act applies, but a new revision has been proposed to clarify the issu ...Read More

PHOTO: They're not exactly out in the fields, but more and more Minnesotans are taking ownership in farming through community supported agriculture. Photo courtesy of

ST. PAUL, Minn. - What started as little more than a seed of an idea some 20 years ago is really coming to fruition in Minnesota with the growing popularity of community-supported agriculture. According to Brian Devore, communication director for the Land Stewardship Project, CSA projects allow cons ...Read More

PHOTO: Demand for local, sustainably-grown food continues to surge in Illinois. Advocates say that should be a cue for state leaders to continue their support of local food systems. Photo credit: AcrylicArtist on

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Farmers and citizens from across the state will be sharing their appreciation for local and sustainably produced foods with lawmakers in Springfield today. They'll convene at the Capitol for the fifth annual Local Food Awareness Day to share ideas about policies that can help sup ...Read More

PHOTO: This farm field was among those across Central Iowa that was flooded by heavy rains in 2013. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff

DES MOINES, Iowa – With the increase in droughts, floods and other weather extremes related to climate change, a new push is on across Iowa to take meaningful action. Matt Russell, a farmer in Marion County and state food policy project coordinator at Drake University Agricultural Law Center ...Read More

PHOTO: Wisconsin State Conservationist Jimmy Bramblett urges farmers and landowners to take advantage of $3 million in grant money to help improve the habitat for Wisconsin's honeybees. (Photo courtesy of WI Dept. of Agriculture)

MADISON, Wis. – As Wisconsin beekeepers continue to lose unprecedented numbers of honeybee hives each year, state Conservationist Jimmy Bramblett has announced the availability of a $3 million fund to help improve the health of bees in five states, including Wisconsin. The money comes from t ...Read More

PHOTO: The University of Nevada, Reno hopes several workshops being held around the state help farmers survive another year of extreme drought. Photo courtesy USDA.

RENO, Nevada - Helping Nevada farmers survive another year of severe drought is what the University of Nevada-Reno hopes to do by holding several workshops across the state. Jay Davison, crop specialist at the university's Cooperative Extension, said they'll focus on water availability, recommended ...Read More

PHOTO: Montana Farmers Union President Alan Merrill is part of a delegation attending the National Farmers Union Convention this week. He says there are some surprising details in the new Farm Bill. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - A delegation of Montana farmers and ranchers is learning the nitty gritty about the new Farm Bill at the National Farmers Union convention this week in Santa Fe, N.M. Montana Farmers Union president Alan Merrill said an overview of benefits to small and mid-sized producers surprise ...Read More

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