We revisit our conversation on the state of America’s farmlands and the people that control our nation’s agriculture. As policy, the climate, and the country’s needs change, we examine some of the greatest challenges facing the farming community: new legislation, modern farm life, escalating suicide rates amongst farmers, and more.
The Farm Show
From this Episode:
Farm bill 101
The federal Farm Bill is up for renewal. 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'
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...
FDR's great wall of trees
During the Dust Bowl, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt allocated $15 million for the planting of trees to ameliorate the damage.
Examining farmer suicides
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...
A radical new farm bill
Journalist Leah Douglas returns to explain a radical proposal to revamp the Farm Bill , led by Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer.
Food and science journalist Tamar Haspel contends that small, organic farming isn’t enough to fix a broken system. Instead, she says the organic system’s inefficiencies...