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Fed Up Hog Farm Neighbors File Suit in NC

Imagine if you couldn’t send your kids out to play in the back yard or throw open the windows on a lovely spring day because of a ubiquitous, sickening smell. That’s the reality for someone living near an industrial hog farm. A group of North Carolinians are sick of the stench, and they’re suing to get it under control. In the video above, you can watch a short Charlotte Observer interview with one of the people involved in the massive hog farm lawsuit.

January 7th

Manure-to-Biogas at Dairy Farms Gets EPA and USDA Boost

The Energy Department’s methane biogas program has been chugging away in relatively obscurity for several years, and now that’s all about to change. The agency has just teamed up with EPA and the Department of Agriculture to announce a new initiative for ramping up manure-to-biogas at dairy farms and other farming operations, called the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap.

Children in the Fields [VIDEO]

I recently ran across a good video on exactly what the title implies: children working in agriculture in the U.S. Talk about an under-acknowledged issue of great concern! The statements of the kids and documentation of child farmworkers in the video are chilling.

November 29th

Agroecological Farming vs. Organic Farming: What’s the difference?

One of Becky’s recent posts raised the question of what separates agroecological farming from organic farming. Although agroecological farming shares some of the same principals as organic farming, agroecology is not associated with a particular type of agriculture. Conventional and organic farms alike can take an agroecological approach to managing farmland. What is agroecology? Agroecology […]

July 12th

Small Farmers Fear FDA Crackdown

[social_buttons] Amid recent outbreaks of E. coli and salmonella in everything from ground beef to cookie dough to spinach, Congress is considering new legislation to make food safer. Given how often the industrial food industry violates safety procedures, more regulation seems like a no-brainer. But a story in the San Fransisco Chronicle highlights fears that […]

April 29th

New Census Data Shows Greater Diversity in American Farming

Results of the 2007 Census released last week counted the 2,204,792 farms in the United States, a net increase of 75,810 farms since the last census in 2002. According to the results, farms started in the last five years have more diversified production, fewer acres, and younger operators who also work off-farm. Organic, value-added, and […]

February 11th