agriculture

Healthy Soils Tie Up CO2

Mar 21, 2017
Tim Mc Cabe / NRCS

We often only consider soil health when we talk about growing food, but some scientists believe that healthy soils are also required to tie up CO2, which has been implicated in our warming climate.  The article, "Soil and Human Security in the 21st Century," in the May 2015 issue of Science Magazine, makes the case that soil is one of Earth's most valuable commodities, and that we must develop strategies to protect this resource. 

35th Ag Expo Opens

Mar 16, 2017
Bob Bragg

Jeff and Bob discuss a brief history of the Four States Ag Expo and hemp production in southwest Colorado.

Jeff Vanuga / NRCS

Grassland fires that started March 6th, in northeast Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, resulting in the deaths of several  people, thousands of head of livestock were killed, and property on over 1.2 million acres was destroyed.  Favorable growing conditions for grass last fall, followed by recent warm, dry weather, set the stage for the disasters, when strong winds drove flames for miles across the prairies. 

 

 

An English Farmer's View of Rural America

Mar 10, 2017
Tim McCabe / NRCS

James Rebank's recent New York Times Op-Ed essay provides a sheep farmer's view about the effects of global trade on rural America, and on his farm in the Lake District fells of North England.  Rebanks, who is also an author, passed through rural Kentucky on a tour to promote his latest book, The Shepard's View: Modern Photographs from and Ancient Landscape.

 

 

The truism that we need to double food production by 2050 to feed the world's growing population may need to be revisited.  Research by

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