“If mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy,” says soil advocate, Holly Arbuckle… “In order to have nutrient dense food, [and healthy people] we need healthy soil.”
Cover Crops Boost Soil Microbial Abundance, Says Study
A new global analysis from the University of Illinois shows that planting cover crops after row-crop harvest can significantly boost soil microbial abundance, activity, and diversity
NPR Spotlight: On-Farm Diversity
Diversifying Crops Is Good For The Planet. But Can It Be Good For Farmers’ Wallets? [Yes!]
Study: Biodiversity Improves Crop Production
Ecosystem services are improved (including natural pest management!) when biodiversity is prioritized on the farm.
Uncovering how microbes in the soil influence our health and our food
Tillage made the biggest difference [to soil health],” …For centuries, farmers have tilled to eliminate weeds, bury the remnants of old crops and prepare the ground for planting — but newer research suggests that disturbing the top layer of soil destroys microbial populations and contributes to soil erosion…. “Soil health is public health.
North American Wild Bird Population Drops by 29%
Nearly 30% of birds in U.S., Canada have vanished since 1970. Research published Sept. 19 online by the journal Science shows a massive loss of nearly 3 billion birds in the continental breeding adult bird population for the United States and Canada over the past 50 years.
How Big Agriculture Is Preventing Farmers From Combating the Climate Crisis
For years, the government has subsidized industrial monoculture rather than sustainability. Smarter policies could help save small farms — and the planet.
Column: Celebrate innovation by farmers
Farming for Public Health program coordinator, Audrey Tran Lam, describes the important role farmers play in protecting Iowa’s public health.
Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health Project: Pesticide Drift in the Midwest
The data is presented using a story map, which helps to organize the setting and issues in an educational way. We hope that these story maps will be used to provide more education, training, and increase community awareness so that in the long term, drift cases will be reduced.
Huge decline in songbirds linked to common insecticide
Neonics—pesticides introduced to plants at the seed stage—act like an appetite suppressant for birds, making them lose weight within hours.
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