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PHOTO: Conservation groups warn that amphibians are at risk with a lack of protection from changes made to the Clean Water Act by Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Thousands of North Carolinians are joining forces to remind the federal government and their elected officials about the basic principles of gravity. More specifically, they want the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reinstate Clean Water Act rules that protect headwater str ...Read More

PHOTO: Michigan tree growers are hoping for host state luck this year, as the nation's top Christmas tree growers meet in Allegan to compete for the honor of providing this year's official White House Christmas tree. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Christmas Tree Association.

ALLEGAN, Mich. - It may be July, but it's still the most wonderful time of the year for the nation's top Christmas tree growers, who are bringing their finest specimens to Michigan to vie for the honor of providing this year's official White House Christmas tree. Rick Dungey, executive director of ...Read More

PHOTO: Just outside Scranton, a vertical farming operation has produced its first harvest of high quality, pesticide-free, non-GMO fruits and vegetables. Photo courtesy of Green Spirit Farms.

DALTON, Pa. - In a sprawling, formerly abandoned warehouse near Scranton, the proof is in the produce as a vertical farming operation has reaped its first harvest. Miennsota-based Green Spirit Farms is using the Scranton-area site to grow high-quality, pesticide-free, non-GMO fruits and vegetables. ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is running a campaign to speak out in support of a proposed clarification of EPA water rules under the Clean Water Act. Photo courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.

DENVER - Groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation and other "big ag" organizations are protesting proposed federal rules that would redefine which bodies of water are regulated under the Clean Water Act. Among the exceptions to that protest are farmers represented by the Denver-based Rocky M ...Read More

PHOTO: Farm to Childcare connects childcare providers with local growers to bring fresh, local foods to kids in the years when their taste preferences and healthy habits are forming. Photo courtesy New Horizon Academy.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – An effort to get more fresh, healthy and local foods on the plates of children in day care is now ready to roll out across Minnesota. The development of the Farm to Childcare curriculum was led by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Erin McKee VanSlooten, senio ...Read More

PED (Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea) sign informing public that the virus has been found on this North Carolina pig farm. Photo Courtesy of Waterkeeper Alliance.

NEW BERN, N.C. – Pigs continue to die in large numbers in North Carolina, and while pork producers work to stop the virus that's killing the animals, environmentalists are working to make sure the carcasses are disposed of properly. Larry Baldwin, the concentrated feeding operation coordinat ...Read More

PHOTO: Jane Hawley Stevens, an herb-growing sustainable agriculture entrepreneur, hosts a July 25 workshop in North Freedom, Wis., for women in agriculture. Photo courtesy Four Elements Herbals.

BROWNTOWN, Wis. – While the number of farms in Wisconsin has been declining for years, the number owned and operated by women has been steadily rising. Lisa Kivirist is coordinator of the Rural Women's Project, which is sponsoring an on-farm workshop on July 25 at Four Elements Organic Herba ...Read More

PHOTO: It can be a tough row to hoe for new and beginning farmers, but the state is working to assist them with outreach opportunities, like this poultry workshop in Whatcom County and an expanded Farm Internship Program. Photo courtesy Washington State Dept. of Agriculture.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The state of Washington is looking for a few good farmers, willing to also be good teachers. After a successful pilot program in two counties, Washington's Farm Internship Project expands in July to 16 counties. Patrice Barrentine, education and outreach coordinator with the Washi ...Read More

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