Desert Farm

An Agrihood Takes Root in Palm Springs

Developer Freehold Communities is planning a suburban farming community in California's Sonora Desert.

October 26, 2017 - Mercury News

Boise, Idaho

Farmland Preservation a Hot Topic in Idaho's Most Populous County

As the city of Boise and surrounding communities in Ada County, Idaho continue to grow and sprawl outward, agricultural land in the county may become a thing of the past.

January 4, 2017 - Boise Weekly

International Effort Needed to Prevent Recurrence of Lake Erie Algal Bloom

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 7, 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

Unlocking the Biogas Potential in America's Farms

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.

August 4, 2014 - EPA Blog

Goat Tower

Friday Funny: Goats Love a High Rise

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 18, 2014 - Modern Farmer

The Rising Costs of Water Quality

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.

April 17, 2014 - Governing

Urban Youths to Save Future of Farming in America

A successful agriculture program in Southern California introduces farming as a viable career choice to suburban students.

March 16, 2014 - Public Radio International

How Does A Propane Shortage Strike Amidst A Production Boom?

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.

February 10, 2014 - The New York Times

Farms Become the Latest Must-Have Suburban Amenity

Forget about golf courses and swimming pools, says Luke Runyon, developers are drawing in residents by integrating fully functioning farms into their new neighborhoods.

December 18, 2013 - NPR

Is the Small Family Farm a Thing of the Past? The Answer May Surprise You

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."

August 13, 2013 - The Washington Post

Cities, Not Farms, At Fault For Bay Pollution

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.

October 6, 2010 - San Francisco Chronicle

Trying to Protect Farms and Forests, But Saving Open Space

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.

September 29, 2010 - The Idaho Statesman

Food Farms Become Solar Farms

Decommissioned farms and fields in California are being scouted as possible sited for renewable energy production.

August 12, 2010 - The New York Times

New Crop on BC Farms: RVs

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.

May 28, 2010 - The Globe and Mail

Subdivisions Built Around Agriculture

This article from GOOD wonders whether farms could become the new cornerstone amenity in suburban residential communities.

April 21, 2010 - Good

Seeking Solutions to California's Drought

This piece from National Geographic takes a look at the three-year drought that's plaguing California's cities and farms.

March 18, 2010 - National Geographic

Ag Secretary Concerned Over Farms-to-Forests Conversion

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.

December 30, 2009 - The Washington Times

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