NEWS & RESOURCES

July 22, 2019

A Long History of Conservation Ag in America

In 1914, the Smith Lever Act enabled the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and land-grant universities to collaborate, delivering research and education to help farmers.  Efforts to assist producers in their stewardship of soil, water and air became a major focus of the USDA in the 1930s following the Dust Bowl. The passage of the Soil Conservation Act on April…

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March 3, 2019

Soil Organic Carbon Must Play a Bigger Role in Revitalizing our Nation’s Soils

Guest commentary by Jim Loar, CEO of Cool Planet Farmers, conservation farming advocates, governments, and even food companies have done an excellent job prioritizing soil health and are starting to educate society on its importance. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) alone has invested millions of dollars into various programs to promote the basics of soil health. Global food and…

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February 24, 2019

Trust In Food Releases Its 2019 Sustainability Survey Results

Each year, Farm Journal’s Trust In Food surveys U.S. farmers, ranchers, and growers to learn more about how they view conservation agriculture and food-system sustainability initiatives. The second annual Sustainability Research Report provides insights for all stakeholders along the value chain into food producers and their: existing conservation practices on working lands attitudes toward sustainability tools and programs needs to…

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January 18, 2019

During an uncertain time, profitability on every acre is critical

Guest commentary by Matt Carstens, Senior Vice President of Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN It’s no secret that across America, farmers face tremendous economic volatility from near-record low prices, trade conflict and beyond. As agriculture faces a rapidly-changing landscape and new challenges, the ways in which we plan our work and measure our success are evolving, too. For decades, we’ve been able…

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January 18, 2019

WWF Responds to EAT-Lancet Report on Global Diets

Guest Commentary by Jason Clay, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Earth is home to 7.5 billion people. Feeding us comes at a cost – producing food is now the single biggest driver of environmental degradation. And, that is before we have more, wealthier people who consume differently. But the choice isn’t between providing for humanity or protecting the planet. In some…

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October 16, 2018

Save The Date For 2019 Trust In Food Symposium

The second annual Trust In Food™ Symposium, an all-inclusive field-to-table roundtable focused on scaling conservation agriculture and fortifying consumer trust, takes place Jan. 15-16, 2019, at the Hilton Chicago Hotel. Registration details will be posted soon; early inquiries may be sent to Program Manager Nate Birt at nbirt@farmjournal.com. More than ever, today’s consumers are aware of the purpose and principles…

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October 8, 2018

Farm Bill Updates Could Protect Ranchers, Grasslands

The 2014 farm bill has lapsed, temporarily sapping key federal financial support for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), among other incentives. Yet inability to reach consensus in Congress isn’t stopping organizations such as World Wildlife Fund (WWF) from calling for a better patchwork of incentives to help U.S. farmers and ranchers operate their businesses profitably while preserving at-risk grasslands. “Farm…

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September 24, 2018

Farmers Need Help Fighting Food Waste, World Wildlife Fund Says

A recent study over one season of select U.S. produce farms finds an astonishing 56% of romaine lettuce, 40% of tomatoes and 39% of peaches never made it out of the field, according to World Wildlife Fund (WWF). In some cases, the market dries up. In others, weather damages the crop. Those findings suggest the entire food system, including farmers…

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August 2, 2018

Flexitarian Eaters Spur Machinery Maker To Action

On a recent trip to Silicon Valley, Horsch Manufacturing founder Michael Horsch took his children and senior management on a quest. They had three objectives: Learn about the latest in change management. Study how artificial intelligence is advancing. And probe the eating habits of California’s tech professionals. Horsch smiles as he recounts walking into office kitchens, opening refrigerators and taking…

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July 9, 2018

Five Tips To Enter The Local Food Scene

[caption id="attachment_2428" align="alignright" width="225"] Jeffrey Cramer and his wife, Tara, launched a grass-fed beef business this spring to serve local customers in and around their hometown of Tennille, Ga. Source: Tara Cramer[/caption] If you are a farmer growing row crops, you might be skeptical about the ease of starting to serve up food to farmers market shoppers. But the transition…

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