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5 Lessons from United Nations Climate Change Conference By: 01/29/2016 @ 2:47pm

Nancy Kavazanjian, farmer from Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, joined attendees from all over the world at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21, in Paris last December. Kavazanjian, a soy checkoff…

Issue Preview: How to Cope With Climate Change By: 01/26/2016 @ 1:23pm

His tired eyes told the story of a long day. The European agricultural company executive had pitched the benefits of plant biotechnology to U.S. and European journalists at a European media event that I…

Visionary Dam Creates a Family Sanctuary By: 12/11/2015 @ 8:47am

Knute Hallquist watched an amazing transformation blossom on his farm. He saw 40 acres of his Staton, Iowa, farm go from ugly to oasis in just one season.Where there once was a waterway so nasty and rough…

Make CRP Pay By: 11/11/2015 @ 11:11am

John Walter of Ankeny, Iowa, doesn’t enroll in conservation programs solely for the environmental benefit. He also enrolls for the economic benefit. “On my family farm, we’re trying to balance our land…

Build Wildlife Habitat on Your Land By: 11/10/2015 @ 3:19pm

By Jodi HenkeWhen farmland is healthy, there is a balanced ecosystem with plenty of native plants and habitat for wildlife. This is called biodiversity, and all landowners can do something to improve…

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