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Change May Be Coming to Your Favorite Wines

By Paul Sullivan Photo: Daniel Cole/Associated Press

The ill effects of climate change on many of the great wine regions in the United States and Europe have only just begun to be felt.

Wildfires have torn through vineyards in Napa Valley in California and elsewhere in Oregon, and even vineyards that were spared have had to contend with smoke damaging their grapes. In France, years alternating between unusual heat and damaging frosts have changed how much and what types of wine are being made. In the normally cooler regions that grow the grapes to make Champagne, the annual harvest yield has swung wildly from half the normal amount to double.


He is Britain’s famous shepherd-author-influencer. He wants to transform farming to save the planet.

By William Booth Photo: Simon Bray , The Washington Post

Britain’s rock-star shepherd and best-selling author, James Rebanks, is out at the family farm, giving the tour, waxing rhapsodic about his manure. The glory of it — of the crumbly, muffin-top consistency of a well-made plop from a grass-fed cow.


Trump let this pesticide stay on the market. Under Biden, EPA is banning its use on food

By Dino Grandoni Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP

EPA to ban chlorpyrifos, linked to neurological damage in young children, on crops such as grapes, broccoli and strawberries – reversing a Trump public health decision…


How Simple Mills Is Supporting Regenerative Agriculture

By Sami Grover

When frozen potato giant McCain committed themselves to regenerative agriculture, I noted that these signs of positive progress should be tempered with a note of caution: Just like buzz words like “net-zero,” definitions of regenerative agriculture vary widely. So as the term gets mainstream acceptance, we’re going to need to apply scrutiny to what each specific claim or commitment really means.


As Carbon Markets Reward New Efforts, Will Regenerative Farming Pioneers Be Left in the Dirt?

By Virginia Gewin Photo:Meredith Ellis
Meredith Ellis views her family’s cattle ranch in Rosston, Texas, as a giant experiment in how to store more carbon in the soil, improve water quality, and maximize biodiversity. In recent years, Ellis, who works with her father, GC Ellis, has been adding warm-season cover crops to winter wheat fields, rotating the cattle between pastures more frequently, and leaving the grass much higher to build more soil carbon and habitat for wildlife.

Scorched, Parched and Now Uninsurable: Climate Change Hits Wine Country

By Christopher Flavelle Photo: Adrees Latif , Reuters

 Last September, a wildfire tore through one of Dario Sattui’s Napa Valley wineries, destroying millions of dollars in property and equipment, along with 9,000 cases of wine.


Jesse Frost Wants to Help Produce Farmers Stop Tilling Their Soil

By Twilight Greenaway
Jesse Frost and his wife Hannah Crabtree have been farming together since 2011, when they met working as apprentices on a small organic farm in southern Kentucky. Eventually, they started their own small market garden operation nearby, Rough Draft Farm, where they started experimenting with cutting down on tillage a few years later. By 2017, they had gone completely no-till.

Excess Fertilizer Causes a New Challenge: Low Crop Yields During Drought

By Rebecca Dzombak
For decades, soil scientist Rick Haney watched farms—those he worked on, and those he lived near in Oklahoma and Texas—struggle to balance debt and drought, profits, and yields. “The farmers I’ve been around all my life are trying to hit a home run every year,” says Haney, who last month retired from a position researching fertilizer use with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service, of the annual, high-risk drive to get a bumper crop.

Leaving crop residues to rot could be an unexpected boon for climate mitigation

By Emma Bryce Photo: Carsten W Mueller

If farmers left crop residues to rot on the ground instead of clearing them away or turning them into compost, they could sequester larger amounts of carbon in the soil—one of the most promising pathways to bringing down global greenhouse gas emissions, the authors on the new Nature Communications study say.


June’s historic heat wave in the Pacific NW took a major blow to cherry crop industry

By Sean Kelly Photo: Ander Gillenea , Getty Images

Just a few weeks ago temperatures soared to unprecedented lengths in the Pacific Northwest. Portland, Oregon reached 116 degrees. Their hottest record of all time; shattering Austin’s current standing all-time record of 112 degrees.