Farmers Are The Original Environmentalists. So What Are Governments Trying To Fix? – A Year in the Life of a Farmer

Agriculture. The ten-thousand-year-old industry responsible for feeding 7.8 billion people alive on this planet today. The business that supplies hundreds of billions of gallons of ethanol and diesel fuel, that feeds billions of livestock. The way of life that sustains hundreds of millions of families around the world. The quintessential sustainable business that, for many … Read more

Raising Beef: Advice From An Experienced Cattle Farmer

Glenn Wagner’s farm has adjoined my family’s for decades. His father, Jack, raised beef cattle. But Glenn’s inspiration to farm came from something outside of agriculture. “I started back in high school when I needed some money to take those girls out,” he says, with a laugh. “I can’t remember when I didn’t farm.” Wagner’s … Read more

Have Farmers Failed to Tell Their Story? – A Year in the Life of a Farmer

Agriculture is in the news in a major way these days. While just a couple of months ago, the big story in agriculture was mass hunger and even starvation due to Russia’s invasion of exporting powerhouse Ukraine, the story has changed in the last few weeks. While the threat of hunger hasn’t diminished in any … Read more

The Marathon of Growing a Crop Only Ends When the Snow Flies – A Year in the Life of a Farmer

The crop is planted. Time to load up the camper and come back for harvest, right? Not quite. Once upon a time, summer was a much quieter time on the farm. Once the crop was in, there might be a bit of spraying to do to clean up weeds, and there was always the cultivating … Read more

Meet the Farmer Pushing for a Guaranteed Basic Income for Agricultural Workers

Mai Nguyen has been growing heirloom wheat varieties in California’s Sonoma County for eight years. But this spring was the first time in their career when they didn’t plant a crop at all. “I was planning for another major drought year, but we had rain, and I’m trying to not kick myself,” they say. The … Read more

Corporations Aren’t Evil – A Year in the Life of a Farmer

“It’s nothing personal. It’s just business.” How many times have you heard that line in movies, TV shows, books? It’s pretty much the expectation of how businesses will behave: putting profits first and people last. Anytime you see a corporate executive portrayed on a screen, and they’re given the choice between doing the right thing … Read more

How Saving Seeds Is Helping This Modern Farmer Reconnect With Her Roots

When Tiffany Traverse thinks about growing and eating the same food that her ancestors ate, she gets excited. “I want others to feel that way, too! We should all be able to feel that connection to place and food,” says the Indigenous farmer. Traverse and her husband own and operate Fourth Sister Farm, a small … Read more

Do Farmers Really Need Nitrogen Fertilizer? – A Year in the Life of a Farmer

As we hear more and more about agriculture’s contributions to climate change, a lot of people are wondering why farmers can’t just stop using fertilizer. Some link the need for fertilizer to “industrial” agriculture, or “corporate” farming, or worst of them all, “factory farming”. Many people seem to believe the use of fertilizer strip-mines the … Read more

Meet the Modern Farmer Saving Turkey’s Heirloom Seeds | Agriculture and Farming Forum – AG machinery and technology

When Mehmet Öztan moved to the US in 2006, he never imagined he’d one day become a seed farmer in West Virginia or that he would become the caretaker of one of the largest collections of Turkish seeds in the country. Öztan originally came to the United States to pursue a PhD in civil engineering … Read more