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Georgia farmers experiment with new crops as the climate changes

By YCC Team

Summer is the time to enjoy fresh, delicious peaches from Georgia. But winter weather is key to a good harvest. Peach trees need a period of cold to bloom well and produce abundant fruit. The same is true of blueberries.

11/05/21
                                                               

Climate challenges mount for California agriculture

By Jan Ellen Spiegel

California agriculture has experienced just about every form of climate change-induced calamity: Heat, drought, fire, floods. None bodes well for the future of farming in this state that is the U.S. king of agriculture.

10/29/21
                                                               

New Mexico’s Chile Pepper Farmers Feel the Heat of Climate Change

By Wufei Yu

In the village of Hatch, New Mexico, at a chile shop cloaked in red ristras — the ornamental strings of chiles that often adorn doorways and windows in the state — Jessie Moreno, the young farmer who owns the store, tallies up sales, offers free samples and cranks an iron basket-topped chile roaster.

10/26/21
                                                               

A recipe for fighting climate change and feeding the world

By Sarah Kaplan Photo: Chase Castor

“It’s so different from anything I’ve baked with,” says my baking partner, Jenny Starrs. We’re standing in the tiny kitchen of my D.C. apartment, examining palmfuls of a dark, coarse, rich-scented flour. It’s unfamiliar because it was milled from Kernza, a grain that is fundamentally unlike all other wheat humans grow.

10/12/21
                                                               

Climate Anxiety Takes a Growing Toll on Farmers

By Gosia Wozniacka

Nikiko Masumoto grew up revering the peach trees and grape vines on her family’s farm in California’s Central Valley. The orchard and vineyard have been passed down through her Japanese American family for generations and their fruits were the juicy economic engines that fed her community and assured the farm’s survival.

10/05/21
                                                               

🦃The Power of Vertical Integration: Spotlight on Double Brook Farm

By Josh Kiman

Many businesses dream of vertical integration to maximize control and efficiencies, cut costs, improve quality, and boost profitability.  Yet it remains exceedingly rare because of the substantial up-front costs and the time, tenacity, and vision necessary to achieve that goal.  Regenerative agriculture evangelists are likely familiar with pioneer Will HarrisWhite Oak Pastures, a fully vertically integrated zero-waste farm with on-farm red meat and poultry abattoirs.

10/01/21
                                                               

USDA pledges billions for climate-smart farm projects, resilience

By Marc Heller

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today he’ll use billions of dollars from a Depression-era agency to pay for a carbon-saving program for farms, and to help farmers prepare for drought and adverse weather associated with climate change.In a speech at Colorado State University, Vilsack said he would transfer money from the Commodity Credit Corp. for a variety of efforts, including a proposed pilot program to test conservation practices’ carbon benefits and to more closely monitor for diseases such as African swine fever, which has appeared as close by as Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

09/29/21
                                                               

New USDA initiative to help farmers address climate change

By Jacqui Fatka

Secretary Tom Vilsack outlined key steps to assist U.S. farmers and consumers with current challenges while charting a course toward a long-term, climate-smart future for all of agriculture, in a speech at Colorado State University on Sept. 29. Vilsack announced a new initiative to finance the deployment of climate-smart farming and forestry practices to aid in the marketing of climate-smart agricultural commodities.

09/29/21
                                                               

The Farmer’s Life

By Brian Scott

No-till is just what is sounds like.  A true no-till system avoids disturbing the soil with tools like chisel plows, field cultivators, disks, and plows.  Not all of our acres are no-till, but we have been doing less tillage as of late including putting more acres into no-till.

09/21/21
                                                               

Could Climate Change Put an End to Arizona’s Alfalfa Heyday?

By Greta Moran

It’s always alfalfa season in Arizona. In most other parts of the country, the perennial crop grows tall enough to harvest just a few times a year. But in the sun-drenched Southwest, the irrigated fields allow the crop to grow year-round, to the tune of 8.5 tons harvested for every acre and $397 million a year. All farmers need to do is add water.

09/15/21