Farming Formerly Vacant Lots, Urban Ag Program Grows New Farmers and Fresh Produce for Food Deserts

September 6, 2018 | Bethany Knipp The West Sacramento Urban Farm Program leases city, school district, private and commercially-owned land for five years in the area’s food desert. Photo courtesy of West Sacramento Urban Farming Program. An urban farming project in West Sacramento, California, aims to fill the area’s food deserts with fresh produce and create new farmers in the…

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A Hydroponic Twist on the Family Farm

September 11, 2018 | Bethany Knipp David Quick, head farmer at Quickley Produce Farm, which is run by four generations of family members. Photo credit: Alisa Welch. Quickley Produce Farm represents a modern take on the family farm. It’s not a farm that has been passed down from one generation to the next, but rather a newly formed high-tech…

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Houston Urban Ag Organization Helps Make Living Wage a Reality for Refugee Farmers

September 25, 2018 | Jocelyn Kerr Plant It Forward Farms is a Houston nonprofit founded in 2012 that helps refugees build sustainable urban farms. Photo courtesy of Plant It Forward Farms. Teresa O’Donnell built her 2015 TEDx talk around a simple question, “Can an urban farmer earn a living wage?” O’Donnell is executive director of Plant It Forward Farms,…

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In Urban Gardens Without Borders, Project Sweetie Pie Plants Seeds for Food Justice and Freedom

November 16, 2018 | Trish Popovitch Michael Chaney, founder of Project Sweetie Pie, an urban farming movement based in Northern Minnesota to seed healthy changes in the community. Photo Credit: Karl Hakanson. “North Minneapolis is going green Give us a call and learn what we mean Where once lay urban blight Now sits luscious garden sites Gardens without borders…

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John Deere Planters: History, Machines & Tips for Spring

As crop planting and seeding season swings into full force, growers have unique needs when it comes to planting technology and parts. It is crucial to think about a variety of techniques each and every planting season. To better understand how planting equipment got to where it is today, we’ve put together a timeline that highlights crucial moments in…

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John Deere 5M Series Tractors: Redefined for Productivity

To cater to customers seeking new technology and transmission options, John Deere has revamped its lineup of 5M Series Tractors. Enhanced features and capabilities have been added to meet the demands of hay, livestock, and commercial customers. “Now, John Deere makes the PowrQuad transmissions available on the 5090M, 5100M, 5115M cab versions and includes it in base equipment on…

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John Deere Protect Service Plan: Features & Benefits

To provide further support to its customers, John Deere has rolled out a new service program for its equipment: The John Deere Protect™ Service Plan, also known as John Deere Protect. Under this plan, required maintenance is performed at every 500-hour mark by a dealer service technician. This means that customers can worry less about the risk of long-term…

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SARE’s Farmer Driven Research Shines At Virtual Briefing

SARE’s Farmer Driven Research Shines At Virtual Briefing June 9, 2021 Anyone familiar with USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is already aware of how impactful the program’s farmer-driven research and educational outreach has been over the last 30 years. In fact, SARE has granted $327 million to more than 7,600 projects across the country since its…

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NSAC Report on Climate Solutions for Farmers: Invest in Proven Federal Programs

NSAC Report on Climate Solutions for Farmers: Invest in Proven Federal Programs June 23, 2021 Cover Cropping to Improve Climate Resilience. Photo credit: NRCS The climate crisis is reaching a crucial tipping point. The past decade was the hottest on record, rife with extreme weather events and unparalleled natural disasters that highlight economic inequity and expose instability in our…

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President Biden’s First Budget Request and Sustainable Agriculture Priorities

President Biden’s First Budget Request and Sustainable Agriculture Priorities June 23, 2021 Photo credit: USDA NRCS On May 28th, 2021, after months of delays President Biden released his administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget, the first of his presidency. Notably this is the most delayed budget release in U.S. history, a fact that was largely precipitated by the Trump…

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USDA to Invest In Alternative Meat and Poultry Supply Chains

USDA to Invest In Alternative Meat and Poultry Supply Chains June 28, 2021 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that they will invest more than $4 billion to strengthen the food system, with one of the four funding priority areas including small processing support. Over the next year, USDA will invest some of the $4 billion for…

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Advocacy Tips for Sharing Your Sustainability Story

What do you find to be the most difficult part of discussing sustainability? Share your thoughts on Twitter. Happy Earth Day! I hope you take this opportunity to share some appreciation for the environment we live and work in on a daily basis. The agriculture community is lucky to have these landscapes as our offices. I know not everyone in agriculture…

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What I learned by unfollowing everyone on Twitter

During a Twitter conversation this past week, I was asked why bother following people who we disagree with. While the social media platform has gained a reputation as an environment with bullying and negativity, and for good reason, it has allowed so many people to connect through conversations. I’ve been an active Twitter user since 2009. When I first…

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What word choice leads to misunderstanding?

How you say it matters. But sometimes, what you say can have an even bigger impact on how your message is received. Word choice matters. Think back to the last time you were part of a discussion with someone from a different industry about their line of work. Did they bring up any words or terms you were unfamiliar…

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Sharing seasons of life through advocacy

How many hours per week do you tend to work on average? (Wrong answers only.) Join the discussion on Twitter. May is a busy month. As the days and nights finally begin to warm, things really kick into high gear. Daylight hours become longer and still, I find myself struggling to fit everything into the day. But this is still…

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Quad Rock 25 in Fort Collins

If you’re looking for a May race with a variety of trails and plenty of vert, the Quad Rock 25 miler (or 50 miler, if you dare) by Gnar Runners in Fort Collins just might be your race. For the second time, I completed the Quad Rock 25 race and was more than happy to find a chair by…

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