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  By Josie Sexton The Denver Post Outside, the temperature in the North Fork Valley is quickly dropping, while inside a 94-year-old cellar tucked into the mountains around Paonia, the air stays cool and constant. Palms open, Brandt Thibodeaux “punches down” grapes as their natural yeasts ge...
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By Liz Alderman © The New York Times Co. YVELINES, FRANCE » On a century- old farm that’s now a startup campus in this verdant region west of Paris, computer coders are learning to program cropharvesting robots. Young urbanites planning vineyards or farms that will be guided by big data are honing...
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  By Amanda Little Bloomberg Opinion Vertical farming, a system for growing food without soil or sun that for decades has thrived mainly in sci-fi films and the International Space Station, is going mainstream. AeroFarms is poised to be the first vertical-farming startup to be listed on the...
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  By Judith Kohler The Denver Post Not long after Paul Bruchez’s family bought a ranch along the Colorado River near Kremmling, his father became ill amid a crippling drought in 2002 that left them without irrigation water. “The family conversation was we either need to be invo...
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    By Tammy Webber The Associated Press MULESHOE, TEXAS » Tim Black‘s cellphone dings, signaling the time to reverse sprinklers spitting water across a pie-shaped section of grass that will provide pasture for his cattle. It’s important not to waste a drop. His family’s future depend...
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By Terence Chea The Associated Press FIREBAUGH, CALIF. » As temperatures recently reached triple digits, farmer Joe Del Bosque inspected the almonds in his parched orchard in California’s agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley, where a deepening drought threatens one of the state’s most profitable cr...
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By Brittany Peterson The Associated Press STEAMBOAT SPRINGS » CO With his cattle ranch threatened by a deepening drought, Jim Stanko isn’t cheered by the coming storm signaled by the sound of thunder. “Thunder means lightning, and lightning can cause fires,” said Stanko, who fears he’ll have to s...
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4-H for seniors, farmer mental health, 5G connections part of helping communities By Elizabeth Hernandez The Denver Post BURLINGTON » With the July sun scorching the Eastern Plains, Elaine Wright, Wayne Runge and Ron Hielscher delighted in the dirt beneath their fingers as they watered a ga...
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    By Laura van der Pol, Dale Manning, Francesca Cotrufo and Megan Machmuller The Conversation As the effects of climate change intensify and paths for limiting global warming narrow, politicians, media and environmental advocates have rallied behind “carbon farming” as a mutually bene...
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  BILLINGS, MONT. » A punishing drought in the West is drying up waterways, sparking wildfires and leaving farmers scrambling for water. Next up: a plague of voracious grasshoppers. Federal agriculture officials are launching what could become their largest grasshopper-killing campa...
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  A new study finds that if all parts of the food system are included, food production is responsible for as much as 40 percent of global emissions. By Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News  June 10, 2021     Emissions from food production, already considered one of the ...
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Nat Geo, BYMARYN MCKENNA PUBLISHED OCTOBER 14, 2015 There’s a point of view about raising crops that you hear a lot: if we’re going to feed the nine billion people who are expected to be inhabiting this planet in the year 2050, we will need to expand and intensify the farming we do now. That m...
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  A Colorado county may have a model for the nation’s conservation efforts By Judith Kohler The Denver Post David Kelly has lived his whole life in Colorado’s Upper Arkansas River Valley, where his family has ranched since 1952. The community is committed to helping him and other ranchers the...
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By John Flesher The Associated Press MECOSTA, MICH. » For generations, Brian Sackett’s family has farmed potatoes that are made into chips found on grocery shelves in much of the eastern U.S. About 25% of the nation’s potato chips get their start in Michigan, where reliably cool air during Se...
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By Emily Schmall and Karan Deep Singh © The New York Times Co. BHAGWANPURA, INDIA » The farmer sat in the house his grandfather built, contemplating economic ruin. Jaswinder Singh Gill had plowed 20 years of savings from an earlier career as a mechanical engineer into his family’s nearly 40-acre pl...
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By Henry Fountain © The New York Times Co. CANADIAN, TEXAS » Adam Isaacs stood surrounded by cattle in an old pasture that had been overgrazed for years. Now it was a jumble of weeds. “Most people would want to get out here and start spraying it” with herbicides, he said. “My family use...
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  By Ana Swanson © The New York Times Co. WASHINGTON » The Trump administration Wednesday announced a ban on imports of cotton and tomatoes from the Xinjiang area of China, as well as all products made with those materials, citing human rights violations and the widespread use of f...
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The administration has options to cut emissions even if a Republican-led Senate opposes climate-focused agriculture policies.  By Georgina Gustin January 4, 2021 The Donaldsonville Nitrogen Complex in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, and the Navoiyazot chemical plant in Navoi, Uzbekistan, have a lot ...
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  Dino Grandoni Dec. 10, 2020 at 5:54 a.m. MST with Alexandra Ellerbeck Joe Biden just picked one of his most important — if unheralded — Cabinet members when it comes to enacting his agenda on climate change. Tom Vilsack, who ran the Agriculture Department for eight years under Presid...
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By Julia Turshen © The New York Times Co. It’s the first harvest season of an unparalleled year. We visited three small farms, where we found people cultivating far more than food. Despite quarantines and lockdowns and disruptions, they are nurturing networks. It’s both inspiring and instructi...
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