August 7, 2014, 7am PDT
On Monday, August 4, half a million people in the Toledo, Ohio metro region could once again drink from their water taps after a weekend without safe drinking water due to a toxin resulting from an algal bloom in the city's water supply, Lake Erie.
August 4, 2014, 5am PDT
Thinking about "renewable power" often bring hydroelectric, wind, and solar to mind. The informed will recognize geothermal and biomass as major renewables. Biogas, the non-fossil natural gas, is not well known because few facilities capture it.
April 18, 2014, 6am PDT
Part funny, part amusing, and part just plain cool, goat towers are vertical structures with winding ramps that goats love to climb. They are also are “an idea whose time has come” according to a recent article in Modern Farmer.
April 17, 2014, 11am PDT
The pressures on water supply are growing at the same time that water quality is becoming more expensive and more difficult to maintain. A recent article examines the challenges in the farm state of Nebraska.
March 16, 2014, 9am PDT
A successful agriculture program in Southern California introduces farming as a viable career choice to suburban students.
Public Radio International
February 10, 2014, 6am PST
Propane prices in some parts of the midwest and south had tripled; governors have demanded investigations into price gouging, and shelters have opened for those unable to afford the steep prices increases, yet production increased 15% from last year.
December 18, 2013, 5am PST
Forget about golf courses and swimming pools, says Luke Runyon, developers are drawing in residents by integrating fully functioning farms into their new neighborhoods.
August 13, 2013, 10am PDT
A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service tracks trends in the size and production of the country's farms. Even though the size of the average farm has steadily increased, "there are more small farms than ever."
October 6, 2010, 11am PDT
Cities, not the agriculture heavy Central Valley, are the source of most of the runoff and pollution that enters the San Francisco Bay, according to a new report.
September 29, 2010, 10am PDT
A land use law passed in Oregon in the 1970s that was meant to protect farmland and forests hasn't really protected either, according to a new report.
August 12, 2010, 7am PDT
Decommissioned farms and fields in California are being scouted as possible sited for renewable energy production.
May 28, 2010, 7am PDT
With fruit prices way down, some farmers in British Columbia are taking their fields out of production and renting them out as RV parks. The government in Kelowna, BC, is not happy.
April 21, 2010, 6am PDT
This article from <em>GOOD</em> wonders whether farms could become the new cornerstone amenity in suburban residential communities.
March 18, 2010, 7am PDT
This piece from <em>National Geographic</em> takes a look at the three-year drought that's plaguing California's cities and farms.
December 30, 2009, 8am PST
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has ordered the revision of a forecasting model related to congressional climate legislation that makes the conversion of farmland to forests more lucrative than producing food.