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PHOTO: Advocates from around the west attend the Justice Begins with Seeds conference in Portland, including (left to right) Cindy Black of Washington, Larry Pamm of California, former EPA senior scientist Ray Seidler, and conference organizer Rick North. Photo courtesy of Chris Hardy.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Some Oregon farmers set aside their harvest plans for a couple of days to learn more about a growing trend known as "food sovereignty," which offers more local control over foods grown and sold in an area. At a weekend conference in Portland, hundreds debated the merits of a food s ...Read More

PHOTO: This image, from a presentation by Michael Hansen of Consumer Reports, shows the label of a candy bar sold in Europe, where food companies already are required to label their genetically-engineered ingredients. Photo courtesy Michael Hansen.

MEDFORD, Ore. - Backers of Measure 92, to require labeling of genetically-engineered ingredients in foods sold in Oregon, are getting some help this week from one of the "big guns" in the food labeling debate nationwide. Michael Hansen, senior scientist for Consumer Reports, is in Oregon making sev ...Read More

PHOTO: It's hoped that the community conservation system implemented in Pope County can be a model for other parts of the state and region where grassland has disappeared due to plowing and invasive species. Photo courtesy Land Stewardship Project.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Across the state and region, grassland habitat is some of the most threatened, but success is being reported in West Central Minnesota thanks to a unique collaboration. The "Simon Lake Challenge" is a project with farmers, landowners, environmental groups and government agencies. ...Read More

PHOTO: The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary conservation effort that encourages farmers to address resource concerns in new and innovative ways. Those farmers whose contracts are up this year must renew by Sept. 12 to continue with the program. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture.

LANSING, Mich. - Since the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) was launched five years ago, more than 60 million acres of farmland across the U.S. have been enrolled in the program through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). But time is running out for some Michigan farmers who wan ...Read More

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

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