A Look Inside the Lab Helping to Restore America’s Native Plants

A century ago, longleaf pine forests dominated the Southeast, home to diverse wildlife and recreational opportunities. But over the past several decades, this ecosystem has seen a decline to just five percent of its original acreage, mainly due to fire suppression practices and conversion to other land uses. Enter America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative (ALRI), a … Read more

The Courage to Prevail – How Churchill Gave People Hope (and why we need that now) – A Year in the Life of a Farmer

The night is darkest just before the dawn. I just finished what may be one of my favorite books of all time: The Splendid and the Vile, by Erik Larson. It’s a 503-page book that reads like a fast-paced war/spy thriller novel, centered on Winston Churchill, as he navigates through the blitz on London from … Read more

Why Are Farms Getting So BIG? – A Year in the Life of a Farmer

Hint – it’s not because they’re greedy “factory farms”. The farm I’m involved with got its start many decades ago. My grandparents started farming in another area after marrying, where they lived in two grain bins pushed together. Grandma told me recently that the water leaks may well have been the worst part of that … Read more

Opinion: Raising Cattle on Native Grasses Benefits Farmers, Wildlife and the Soil

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Early on a cool June morning, heavy dew lies on the grass of rolling farm country somewhere in Tennessee, Missouri or Pennsylvania. Small patches of fog hang in low lying pockets of these fields. At the distance, hardworking farmers … Read more

How To Start Hatching Chicks With An Egg Incubator

Incubators have been around since ancient Egypt. Beginning with mud ovens that are still in use today to our more modern countertop models, incubating eggs has been around for thousands of years. The American incubator was first patented in 1844, and the first electric incubator came in 1922. All came with the purpose of hatching … Read more

Farming At Your Fingertips: How Technology is Changing Agriculture Work

About five years ago, David Wallace spent the summer on his family’s potato farm in the Skagit Valley area of ​​Washington State. Wallace had grown up on the farm, but he left to pursue chemistry, eventually working as a data scientist. But he always felt a pull back to his roots. During his visit, Wallace … Read more