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WWF and AirWick Team Up to Reseed 1B Square Feet of Native Grassland

WWF and AirWick Team Up to Reseed 1B Square Feet of Native Grassland

Since 2009, the United States has lost 33 million acres of grassland and wildflower habitats in the US Great Plains, which equates to half the size of Colorado. For more than seven years, grasslands in this region have been plowed-up at an average rate of four football fields per minute, prioritizing row-crop agriculture over the […]

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Regenerative Farming Could Get a Big USDA Boost

Regenerative Farming Could Get a Big USDA Boost

In the United States, agriculture accounts for 10% of overall greenhouse gas emissions in addition to other pollution issues. Yet as Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, said during his confirmation hearing, “I think agriculture is probably the first and best way to begin getting some wins in this climate area,” a commitment that President Biden […]

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Congressmen Introduce Bills to Extend Mine Land Reclamation Program

Congressmen Introduce Bills to Extend Mine Land Reclamation Program

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) introduced two bills that would reauthorize, expand, and accelerate funding for the Abandoned Mine Land Trust Fund (AML), which grants money to states and tribes to reclaim former mining lands and use them for job creation and economic growth.  The first bill, the […]

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Women’s Land Rights Key to Mitigating Climate Change

Women’s Land Rights Key to Mitigating Climate Change

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Women have played an integral role in agriculture since its beginnings, but now only 14% of the world’s land is owned by women.  Experts say that gender inequity is an obstacle in optimizing climate mitigation through better land-use practices..  Despite women representing more than half of all people who almost exclusively on land and […]

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House Passes Historic Conservation Bill to Protect 3M Acres

House Passes Historic Conservation Bill to Protect 3M Acres

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Nearly 3 million acres of federal land could gain new protections after the House of Representatives passed a major conservation bill last Friday. The bill, called the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act, rolls together eight bills previously introduced. If passed in the Senate, it would: Designate 1.5 […]

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One-Third of Topsoil Is Gone From Midwestern Farmland

One-Third of Topsoil Is Gone From Midwestern Farmland

New research shows that fertile, carbon-rich topsoil is completely gone from one-third of all farmland in the Midwest, severely impairing crop growth and future harvests. 

Why This Matters: Experts say this “growing” problem is mostly due to over-tilling the soil and other unsustainable farming practices.

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