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Hannah Weinberger

17 November 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle’s urban agriculture community saw a boom during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests. BIPOC-led urban farms — like YES Farm and Black Star Farmers — had an increase in volunteers and people wa...

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Jenny Splitter

10 November 2020

Paxton, Illinois, United States

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On his organic farm in Illinois, Will Glazik is experimenting with different types of agricultural methods to increase his crop yield while also avoiding the harmful impacts of industrial farming. He’s part of a growi...

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Rhonda J. Smith

6 November 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Two urban farmers launched a GoFundMe and raised $55,000 to help provide land security to Black farmers in Detroit. Through the Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund, they will select applicants to grow crops for five years ...

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Michael Standaert

5 November 2020

Shebu, Guangdong, China

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In order to get a handle on the spread of COVID-19, and to prevent future zoonotic disease outbreaks, China introduced temporary regulations banning commercial breeding of wildlife for meat consumption. These have hit...

Nigerian Tribune

Justice Nwafor

19 October 2020

Nigeria

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By using an agricultural technique that doesn’t use soil to grow crops, a farmer is upending the traditional farming practices in Nigeria and offering job opportunities to those who might otherwise be unemployed. Hydr...

Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

Marissa Plescia

7 October 2020

Minnesota, United States

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The Rural Mental Health Outreach program in Minnesota is helping farmers in the region to tackle mental health challenges that are related to the stresses involved in their profession. Other states have taken notice o...

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Jodi Helmer

28 August 2020

Hoosick, New York, United States

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Some food producers are helping dairy farmers transition away from animal agriculture and into growing crops for plant milk. For example, Hälsa Foods, makers of plant-based milk products, contracted with an organic fa...

The Guardian

Lynne Curry

19 August 2020

Oregon, United States

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An unlikely partnership between ranchers and conservationists is working together to protect grassland biodiversity on the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve in Oregon. The Nature Conservancy has cultivated relationships with l...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Courtney Duchene

13 August 2020

Pottstown, Pennsylvania, United States

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A former costume designer and a farmer in Pennsylvania are partnering together to grow flax to produce their own linen. Since the fashion and textiles industries produce a lot of waste, the duo are reviving the crop t...

Montana Free Press

Emily Stifler Wolfe

5 August 2020

Montana, United States

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Federal funding helped local food producers expand their operations to include processing plants which enables farmers to meet the demand of Montanans who sought an alternative to the empty grocery store shelves. The ...

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Soumya Sarkar

27 July 2020

Jharkhand, India

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New solar-powered irrigation systems in the Chotanagpur Plateau region in India are giving farmers more dependable water and allowing them to diversify their crops, allowing them to also grow their income. Many farmer...

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Stephanie Hanes

8 July 2020

United States

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With the growing trend in regenerative agriculture, Propagate Ventures is working with farmers to transition them from conventional agriculture to agroforestry. This technique focuses on incorporating trees into farml...

Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

Marissa Plescia

23 June 2020

Minnesota, United States

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As the novel coronavirus disrupts how farmers get their products to consumers, many of them are looking for mental health resources to manage their stress. While the stigma of mental health issues prevents some farmer...

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Adam Glanzman

16 June 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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Dairy farmers in Massachusetts are working with Vanguard Renewables, a food waste energy company, and Dominion Energy, an electric utility company, to capture manure methane gas from cows and convert it into natural g...

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Daniel Gutman

10 June 2020

Entre Rios, Argentina

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Solar energy has provided an affordable and efficient source of energy to rural farmers in Argentina, who live too far off the electrical grid and have traditionally relied on powerful diesel-fueled water pumps. Solar...

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Kate Roff

Special Edition 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, small farmers in Michigan are coming up with different business models in order to get their produce into consumers’ hands. Fisheye Farms in Detroit created a community-supported agricult...

Mother Jones

Maddie Oatman

May/June 2020

United States

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Indigo Agriculture, an ag-tech startup, is looking to pay farmers to draw carbon dioxide from the air and store it in the ground, which could help mitigate the effects of climate change and lower greenhouse gas emissi...

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Rina Saeed Khan

28 May 2020

Depalpur, Punjab, Pakistan

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As locust swarms threaten crops in Pakistan, a pilot program offers farmers a way to get rid of the pests without using insecticides that harm the environment, while also earning money. Once farmers trap the locusts a...

Montana Free Press

Johnathan Hettinger

14 May 2020

Montana, United States

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Farmers and ranchers across Montana are finding ways to share their products locally during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen livestock prices fall and food banks face higher demand. While some agricultural produc...

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Anne Henley Walker

7 May 2020

Athens, Georgia, United States

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When restaurants and farmers markers shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hearts of Harvest Farm teamed up with the drive-thru restaurant Cafe Racer to sell their produce to people in the Athens/Atlanta area. They ...

MIT Technology Review

Karen Hao

6 May 2020

China

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Online retailers in China launched rural live-streaming initiatives to aid farmers in selling their products directly to consumers. After traditional selling methods were halted due to the novel coronavirus, farmers n...

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Brianna Baker

30 April 2020

Metuchen, New Jersey, United States

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In order to keep local farms and businesses afloat, the Metuchen Farmers Market in North Jersey went virtual. Volunteers for the market enlisted the help of the Canada-based Local Line to build the market's platform, ...

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Inbar Preiss

5 April 2020

Czech Republic

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Using cryptocurrency mining, technological innovation, and entrepreneurial thinking, Parallel Garden, a Czech-based initiative, is tackling unsustainable agricultural practices. The project seeks to increase local foo...

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Andy Isaacson

19 March 2020

Madagascar

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In Madagascar, insect researchers, regional conservationists, and humanitarian organizations have teamed up to promote the farming of crickets as a way to help preserve forests, save animals, and fight malnutrition. A...

The Guardian

Anne Pinto-Rodrigues

25 February 2020

Kohima, Nagaland, India

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By reviving millet farming, farming communities are adapting to climate change. In India, the Millet Farmers Group, organized by a women’s rights nonprofit, the North East Network (NEN), helps farmers cultivate millet...

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