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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Our Agricultural Footprint Can’t Go On Like This

Our Agricultural Footprint Can’t Go On Like This

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer When you break down how land in the U.S. gets used, acre by acre, almost half of the country is dedicated to livestock.  Add up the space used for pasture and grazing plus the agricultural land used to grow livestock feed crops, and 41% of the country is dedicated […]

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Texas Drought Forcing Ranchers to Cull Herds

Texas Drought Forcing Ranchers to Cull Herds

Texas ranchers are having to ask the tough question of whether they will have to cull their herds as much of the state continues to experience ongoing drought. As the grass dries out and ranchers face rising costs, it’s becoming less viable to maintain large herds of cattle and sheep in Texas Hill Country.

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Interview of the Week: Emily Ellison

Interview of the Week: Emily Ellison

Emily is the Executive Director of the St. Simons Land Trust on Georgia’s famed St. Simons Island. ODP: We’ve talked before about why land trusts are an important part of conservation. What is something that SSLT has accomplished this year that exceeded all of your expectations?  EE: This year, the St. Simons Land Trust celebrated […]

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Regenerative Farming Up Close: Our Daily Planet’s Field Trip to Clagett Farm

Regenerative Farming Up Close: Our Daily Planet’s Field Trip to Clagett Farm

Last week we got a chance to visit Clagett Farm, one of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s working farms that supports the development of sustainable agriculture practices. The farm raises vegetables, fruits, beef cattle, and sheep and supports a Community Supported Agriculture program as well as a tree farm. We write a lot about farming and […]

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Farmers: Help Us, Don’t Blame Us When it Comes to Sustainable Farming

Farmers: Help Us, Don’t Blame Us When it Comes to Sustainable Farming

Land use and agriculture have recently gained attention as a means to store more carbon in the ground and help fight climate change. However, in the United States, while federal programs do exist to help farmers better manage their soil (most notably the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)) there are too many farmers […]

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