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Sustainability is a buzzword in today’s world as people become more interested in taking care of our natural resources for the generations to come. What does this word mean though? Sustainabil…

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OPINION  The Family Farm Action Alliance applauds the reintroduction of the Climate Stewardship Act in both chambers of Congress. The legislation is reminiscent of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. It’s stacked with sweeping provisions centered on voluntary incentives for conservation, renewable energy and local food-system programs. The Family Farm Action Alliance is optimistic that if enacted the legislation would offer both immediate and long-term relief to farmers struggling to navigate a consolidated food system in a changing climate.

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The span of time is hard to fathom. A human lifespan is just one dot on the line of time. Time passes quickly for us but seems slow in the sense of its vastness stretching back through history.

If farmers could earn a $5-per-acre discount on crop insurance for planting cover crops, more farmers might add the conservation practice to their operations. At least that’s the case in Iowa – where 1,700 farmers have enrolled more than 500,000 acres of cover crops since fall 2019. And that’s not counting farmers and landowners who enrolled in the program in fall 2020. Those applications are still being reviewed and confirmed, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

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Apart from antibiotics dairy farmers have few tools to treat mastitis. So researchers at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, are exploring compounds secreted by stem cells as a potential therapy.

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At a farmer meeting I attended recently, the hot topic was carbon-reduction contracts. There was a lot of curiosity, confusion and skepticism among the farmers. Many questioned how various offerings on the market work, whether these tools make financial sense, and whether farmers should wait for more lucrative future possibilities. Many farmers asked about how carbon credits work. This article will provide some information about who generates, verifies and sells carbon credits.

“It’s a lot of work” is often said about the process of maple-syrup production. The same goes for dairy farming.

“We’ve always had more sellers – meaning farmers – than buyers – meaning processors – in the dairy industry,” says Mark Stephenson, director of dairy-policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “It makes us vulnerable to price movements.”

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Farmer-labor podcast explores farm economy

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“We have the best success with frost seedings and inter-seedings when we incorporate them into a grazing system as a routine part of our pasture-improvement rotation,” says dairy farmer Dan Olson of Lena, Wisconsin.