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PHOTO: Operated as a coal plant for decades, this facility in Austin, Minn., was converted to burn natural gas as Minnesota has moved to limit pollution in recent years. Photo credit: Jerry Huddleston/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota advocates are adding their voices to the growing call for approval of a federal plan to significantly reduce carbon pollution from the country's aging power plants. The proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency aims to reduce power-sector emissions by 30 percent ...Read More

PHOTO: The Holmes Family of Misty Brook Farm, a Buy/Protect/Sell Project in Albion, was helped by Maine Community Foundationís $1 million loan to Maine Farmland Trust. Photo credit: Greta Rybus/Maine Farmland Trust.

ELLSWORTH, Maine – The Maine Community Foundation is one of the nation's best at finding ways to build community wealth using new approaches, according to a report released today. The report by the Maryland-based Democracy Collaborative names the Ellsworth-based foundation one of the Innovati ...Read More

PHOTO: Food banks say much of the produce left behind after a harvest would rot or be plowed under if farmers aren't allowed to deduct at least some of their costs of picking and transporting it for donation. Photo courtesy Oregon Food Bank.

PORTLAND, Ore. - The future of some types of charitable deductions is on the line as Congress returns to work this week and an Oregon senator may hold the key. Oregon Food Bank is one group awaiting action on the America Gives More Act. It's a package of provisions that includes reinstating federa ...Read More

PHOTO: Providing food for all, stewardship of the land and emerging technologies are being examined today through the lens of religion, at the Faith, Food and the Environment symposium. Credit: Deborah C. Smith

FORT SHAW, Mont. - Providing food for all, stewardship of the land and emerging technologies are being examined today through the lens of religion at the Faith, Food and the Environment symposium in St. Paul, Minnesota. Eric Bergman and his wife, Audra, run a small, direct-market farm in Fort Sha ...Read More

PHOTO: In Vermont, legislation to label foods made with genetically modified ingredients is set to go into effect in 2016 but is being challenged in court. There are November ballot measures in Oregon and Colorado. Photo courtesy Center for Food Safety.

PORTLAND, Ore. - After two terms in Congress and a couple of Democratic nominations for president, former Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich is putting his campaign skills to work in Oregon. Kucinich and his wife are making appearances this week in support of Measure 92, to require labeling foods mad ...Read More

PHOTO: A Minnesota student enjoys locally grown green beans as part of a Farm to Preschool celebration. Photo courtesy of Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

ST. Paul, Minn. - October is National Farm to School Month and in Minnesota, it's an event being celebrated in an ever-growing number of districts, in every corner of the state. The Farm to School program links school districts with nearby farms, to open new markets for those growers and get more ...Read More

PHOTO: Changes to USDA loan programs have increased their flexibility, and could help more beginning farmers make a profit. Photo credit: Jerry Oster.

YANKTON, S.D. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is improving farm loans by expanding eligibility and lending limits to more beginning farmers. Traci Bruckner, senior associate for agriculture and conservation policy at the Center for Rural Affairs, says the changes are part of the micro-loan pro ...Read More

PHOTO: In his presentations about crop science, Ray Seidler shows people two types of corn seed. The yellow seed is conventional; the blue is genetically engineered, and coated with chemical pesticides. Photo courtesy of Seidler.

ASHLAND, Ore. - One Oregon man has a unique perspective on genetically engineered crops and Oregon's November ballot measure to label the products made from them. As a microbiologist and former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) senior scientist, Ray Seidler has been studying genetic engin ...Read More

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