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How wind farms are supercharging the economies of rural America

A wind power boom in the nation’s central corridor has been a financial windfall for some struggling rural areas.

Climate advocates see a path forward in the farm bill: lining farmers’ pockets
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Climate advocates see a path forward in the farm bill: lining farmers’ pockets

Republicans are skeptical of making the farm bill a climate bill, but a group of lobbyists thinks they’ve struck gold with a message even the most skeptical can't hate: Regenerative agriculture will make farmers richer.
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Daryln Brewer Hoffstot: Giving thanks for a beloved sugar maple

A majestic tree is fading fast. For the people who loved it, it’s like losing a family member.
New Mexico farmers face a choice: Pray for rain or get paid not to plant

New Mexico farmers face a choice: Pray for rain or get paid not to plant

With irrigation scarce, New Mexico is paying farmers to let their fields lie fallow. But some are choosing instead to bet on the monsoon season.
Conserving farmland also benefits the air we breathe
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Conserving farmland also benefits the air we breathe

A new study shows how land enrolled in the federal Conservation Reserve Program also significantly improves air quality in the region, which can save thousands of lives per year.
The West is losing 1.3 million acres of sagebrush steppe each year

The West is losing 1.3 million acres of sagebrush steppe each year

A new report aims to advance transforming rangeland conservation across 13 states and 115 million acres.
Low Mississippi River has barges running aground, farmers’ crops piling up

Low Mississippi River has barges running aground, farmers’ crops piling up

Harvest season is underway for crops such as soybeans and corn, but farmers’ yields are piling up. Near-historic low water levels on the Mississippi River are slowing down barges and driving up shipping costs.

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