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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

PHOTO: The EPA holds hearings across the country beginning Tuesday on its proposed Clean Air Plan aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants. While Maine is not a hearing site, one member of Congress is making sure her voice is heard. Photo credit: Dori / Wikimedia Commons.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Environmental Protection agency (EPA) will begin holding a series of public hearings across the U.S. on Tuesday on the newly-announced Clean Air Plan, which aims to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels. The hearings are being held this week ...Read More

PHOTO: Ensuring that the Colorado River has enough water to support millions of people in Arizona and throughout the Southwest is the focus of a study from the nonprofit group American Rivers. Photo courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

PHOENIX – Water conservation and reuse are being urged in a study that makes recommendations about addressing the Colorado River drought, which threatens the future well-being of Arizona and six other Western states. Matt Rice is director of the Colorado Basin Program with the environmental ...Read More

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

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