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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.
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.
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.
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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