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A farmer inspecting weeds. Photo taken by USB.

Farm bill 101 5 MIN, 52 SEC

The federal Farm Bill is up for renewal in 2018. Journalist Leah Douglas offers a primer on the Farm Bill’s history and contents and how it shapes the farming system we have.

'This Blessed Earth' 6 MIN, 39 SEC

Journalist Ted Genoways, himself the great-grandson of a Nebraskan seed corn producer, spent a year with a farming family to tell the story of modern farm life and its challenges.

FDR's great wall of trees 6 MIN, 47 SEC

During the Dust Bowl, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt allocated $15 million for the planting of trees to ameliorate the damage. Three quarters of a century later, the ‘Great Plains Shelterbelt’ is now under threat. Journalist Carson Vaughn is seeing the uprooted trees firsthand where he lives in Omaha, Nebraska. Read his full article on FERN’s website.

Examining farmer suicides 8 MIN, 3 SEC

The rate of suicide among America’s farmers is more than double that of its veterans. Why don’t we hear more about it? Debbie Weingarten reported on the crisis for The Guardian.

A radical new farm bill 10 MIN, 3 SEC

Journalist Leah Douglas returns to explain a radical proposal to revamp the Farm Bill, led by Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer.

Small farming 11 MIN, 50 SEC

Food and science journalist Tamar Haspel contends that small, organic farming isn’t enough to fix a broken system. Instead, she says that system’s inefficiencies need to be addressed from within.

Market Report: Farmers on farming 6 MIN, 13 SEC

We visit the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market to hear from local farmers about the issues they would like to see addressed in the 2018 Farm Bill.

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