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California Farmers Pray for Rain, Prepare for Continued Drought

California Farmers Pray for Rain, Prepare for Continued Drought

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Farmers at the annual fundraiser for The Center for Land-Based Learning say they’re doing OK this year, with a bit of strategic tinkering and water-wise practices. But if the drought drags on into another year, they except to hurt, a lot.

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In The Making Of Megafarms, A Few Winners And Many Losers

In The Making Of Megafarms, A Few Winners And Many Losers

| June 16, 2014 | 2 Comments

A tiny fraction of America’s 2 million farmers produces most of our food. They are the winners of a long-running competition for land and profits that has also drained the life out of small towns.

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California Farmers Ask: Hey Buddy, Can You Spare Some Water?

California Farmers Ask: Hey Buddy, Can You Spare Some Water?

| June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Water is scarce in California, and prices are all over the map. Some farmers are paying almost 100 times more than others. Should water flow to the highest bidder?

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Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California’s Worsening Drought

Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California’s Worsening Drought

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

For the first time in six years, many California farmers have been told they’ll get little or no federal irrigation water. And as farms run dry, workers are deciding to pack up and move away.

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Farmers Need To Get ‘Climate Smart’ To Prep For What’s Ahead

Farmers Need To Get ‘Climate Smart’ To Prep For What’s Ahead

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Climate change will likely hurt food production, raise food prices and increase hunger. But those calamities may not be inevitable, according to a group of international agriculture researchers.

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The System Supplying America’s Chickens Pits Farmer vs. Farmer

The System Supplying America’s Chickens Pits Farmer vs. Farmer

| February 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Most of the nation’s chicken meat is grown by contract farmers who get ranked against each other when it’s time to get paid. Critics say someone always ends up losing — and, too often, deep in debt.

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The Lexicon of Sustainability: Food Waste

The Lexicon of Sustainability: Food Waste

| February 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the U.S., nearly 40% of the food we grow, distribute, put on store shelves then ultimately buy as consumers never gets eaten. But cooperative associations of organic food producers like Marin Organic based in Point Reyes Station are striving to cut down on food waste. Learn more in this new video from “Lexicon of Sustainability” filmmaker Douglas Gayeton.

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Drought Forces Tough Decisions

Drought Forces Tough Decisions

| February 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

With the lack of water across California, farmers are having to sell off cows and balance competing needs.

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Labor-Starved Pear Farmers Buckle Under Bumper Crop

Labor-Starved Pear Farmers Buckle Under Bumper Crop

| October 7, 2013 | 1 Comment

The majority of the nation’s pears grow in the Pacific Northwest, and this year’s harvest is predicted to be one of the largest in history. But farmers are facing a shortfall that’s been plaguing many agricultural industries: not enough workers to pick the fruit.

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Young Farmers Break the Bank Before They Get to the Field

Young Farmers Break the Bank Before They Get to the Field

| August 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Young farmers want to get involved with both the local food movement and more conventional forms of agriculture. But many of them are finding their options limited. Ranch and farmland across the plains is going for several thousand dollars an acre, keeping many aspiring farmers out of the market.

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Pictures Don’t Lie: Corn And Soybeans Are Conquering U.S. Grasslands

Pictures Don’t Lie: Corn And Soybeans Are Conquering U.S. Grasslands

| February 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Farmers in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska converted 1.3 million acres of grassland into soybean and corn production between 2006 and 2011. Images derived from satellite data confirmed that changing landscape, which spells bad news wildlife and for soil integrity in some parts.

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Small Farmers Aren’t Cashing In With Wal-Mart

Small Farmers Aren’t Cashing In With Wal-Mart

| February 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

The world’s largest retailer says its investing in one of the fastest growing segments of American agriculture: local food. But small farmers say they aren’t necessarily seeing the benefits.

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KQED’s Forum: The Changing Face of Farming

KQED’s Forum: The Changing Face of Farming

| January 14, 2012 | 1 Comment

Officials say the average farmer in California is nearly 60 years old — and nearly 20 percent are older than 70. They say without an influx of younger and more ethnically diverse farmers, the state’s $37 billion industry will suffer.

KQED’s Forum discusses the graying of the agriculture industry in a broadcast from our Sacramento studios.

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Touring Bay Area Farms, Brunching at Plow

Touring Bay Area Farms, Brunching at Plow

Forget about the food trucks for a minute; let’s go hang out with some farmers! Check out this list of great farm tours, hands-on events, and more happening at farms, ranches, and orchards around the Bay Area and beyond. But what if you want to stay closer to home, enjoying the flavor of local farms without getting mud on your shoes? Then head over to Potrero Hill’s sweet, sunny Plow.

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