Agriculture

(Photo by Jonathan Lavan)

George Washington University
How will rising marine temperatures in the Gulf of Maine affect lobstering, my community's culture, and my state's economy? 
A group of people walk down a path lined with tall plants. Signs on either side of the maze entrance usher maze-goers inside.

Maze-goers walk through the entrance of the At’l Do Farms maze made up of seven different crops designed to reduce the amount of water required to grow in a drought-stricken West Texas landscape. (Katie Perkins)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Texas Tech University
How one West Texas family created a sustainable and drought-tolerant crop maze to save a beloved fall tradition from drying out.
An extreme close up of a tiny robotic bee perched on the end of a toothpick.
George Washington University
Robotic bees are being developed to study buzz pollination and help support the conservation of declining bee populations across the globe.
Medill News Service
In arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, California and the National Pork Producers Council debated California’s move to ban the supply of pork from producers who fail to meet strict animal welfare requirements.

The garden of the Spring Valley Student Farm, a one-acre vegetable garden owned by UConn dining services and run by UConn students in Mansfield, Conn., on Sept. 28, 2022. (Jet Windhorst/University of Connecticut)

University of Connecticut
The weather changes in the past few seasons have had detrimental effects on the health of Connecticut soil. Find out how these farmers are adapting.
Planet Forward Correspondent | George Washington University
In this video, bison ranchers at McGinley Ranch in the Sandhills of northern Nebraska discuss building soil health as the key to healing the land and generating a profit. 

The sign outside Spring Valley Student Farm, a collaborative project with UConn’s Residential Life, Dining Services and EcoHouse Learning Community in Mansfield, Conn., on Sept. 23, 2022. Jessica Larkin-Wells, the farm manager for Spring Valley Student Farm, said the farm focuses heavily on education, including how to build resilient soil. (Madeline Papcun/University of Connecticut)

University of Connecticut
Farmers around Mansfield, Connecticut, and around the world, have been facing intertwined production and economic challenges due to variation in precipitation levels. So how are they adapting?
A close-up shot of light-skinned hands, half covered by long, blue sleeves with thumbholes, holds up a white split-open pod of black beans.

Robin Clemmons rips apart a pod of black beans, demonstrating that not many people may realize where crops, like black beans, actually come from. These bean pods need to be dried before volunteers can shell them by hand — in a days work, it's tricky to fill a plastic shopping bag. (Carter Weinhofer/Eckerd College)

Planet Forward Sr. Correspondent | Eckerd College
Food security is a growing issue, but small-scale agriculture can be a catalyst to aid in large-scale food movements.

Than Naing Oo next to his garden plot in 2018 in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Paul Bick)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Northwestern University
Global Garden Refugee Training Farm in Chicago makes space for refugee farmers to grow traditional fruits and vegetables, while also integrating local cultivars. One farmer shares what he grows in his farm plot.

Roy Pfaltzgraff uses sustainable soil health practices on his farm in Haxtun, Colorado. (Eric Forbes)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Colorado State University, Center for Science Communication
Colorado farmer, Roy Pfaltzgraff, reflects on the challenges he faces as a farmer, how he has adapted, and the importance of consumers understanding food production.

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