2020 Derecho Cost Iowa’s Farmers Hundreds of Millions

2020 Derecho Cost Iowa’s Farmers Hundreds of Millions

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer According to a new report from the American Farm Bureau Federation, the derecho and drought that hit Iowa last year destroyed $802 million in corn, soybeans and pastures. While crop insurance covered nearly $560 million of the losses, farmers had to pay another $243 million out of pocket. According […]

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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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Making Soil A Part Of The Climate Solution

Making Soil A Part Of The Climate Solution

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer One of the best ways to tackle the climate crisis is literally under our feet: revitalizing soil removes carbon from the atmosphere, no high-tech gadgetry needed. Plants store carbon in the soil through photosynthesis and by pushing out carbon-based sugars through their roots. That stored carbon is like a […]

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US Dairy Farms Could Lower Net Emissions to Zero in Next Five Years

US Dairy Farms Could Lower Net Emissions to Zero in Next Five Years

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new study from the World Wildlife Fund found that in the next five years, US dairy farms have the potential to reduce their net greenhouse gas emissions to zero. Milk has long been heralded as a superfood in the United States through superb PR campaigns, but in actuality […]

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Rising Salt Water Claiming America’s Coastal Farms

Rising Salt Water Claiming America’s Coastal Farms

Salty soil is a death sentence for crops, and for areas of coastal farmland, an increasing threat due to climate change. Known as saltwater intrusion, this occurs when storm surges or high tides overtop areas low in elevation. It also occurs when saltwater infiltrates freshwater aquifers and raises the groundwater table below the soil surface. […]

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Food Emissions are the Dark Horse of Climate Change, New Report Shows

Food Emissions are the Dark Horse of Climate Change, New Report Shows

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer In a report released Thursday, scientists say that if swift action is not taken to reduce emissions from food production, the world risks missing the targets set by the Paris Climate Agreement. According to the researchers, even if fossil fuel emissions were immediately halted, rising greenhouse gas emissions from […]

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