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These Montana ranchers are helping grizzlies, wolves and cattle coexist. Ensia. Range riders test novel strategies for keeping herds safe in the presence of threatened predators.

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One of America's Biggest Food Banks Just Cut Junk Food by 84 Percent. NPR. A year ago, Washington D.C.'s Capital Area Food Bank decided to turn away junk food.

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29 States Just Banned Laws About Seeds. Mother Jones. More than two dozen states have passed “seed-preemption laws” designed to block counties and cities from adopting their own rules on the use of seeds, including bans on GMOs.

NAFTA's 'Broken Promises': These Farmers Say They Got The Raw End Of Trade Deal. NPR's The Salt. Farmers bruised by NAFTA think it has favored agribusiness over small-scale farms.

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How A Wild Berry Is Helping To Protect China's Giant Pandas And Its Countryside. NPR's The Salt. The schisandra berry is at the center of a dramatic new approach to conservation.

Bears Ears Monument Is A Win For Tribal Food Sovereignty. Will Trump Undo It? NPR's The Salt. Tribes called for a national monument to protect a landscape where they've gathered for for millennia. But what will happen under Trump? 

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Want to Start a New American Homestead? There's a School for That. Civil Eats. Forget law school. Sterling College teaches students how to steer a plow and ferment sauerkraut. 

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Before steroids, Russians secretly studied herbs. National Geographic. This Siberian plant was researched as a potential miracle-drug for Russia's Olympians and soldiers.  

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Seven ways climate change could kill you (really). The Guardian. Climate change is as bad for our health as it is for the planet's. 

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Death of a Family Farm. Fast Company. When things go wrong in a family business, they go really wrong.  

Forget Tofurkey: Here's a New Batch of Meat Alternatives. Civil Eats. Veganism goes artisanal, with tuna made from tomatoes and wheat-based chorizo. 

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Want to Be an Artisan Cheesemaker. Here's where to start. Civil Eats. Warning: You better like dishsoap as much as lactose.

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The Mother Orchard Project: A Gold Rush of Heirloom Fruit. Civil Eats. Can these stalwart old trees outside Nevada City, CA be the cure to what ails commercial fruit farming? 

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American Gaythic: LGBT Farmers Gain Visibility. Civil Eats. The national Rural Pride Campaign brings queer agrarians into the conversation about LGBT rights.     

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"Plan Global, Eat Local: U.C.'s Food Initiative Starts on Campus." Civil Eats. Dining Halls and Campus Farms under the U.C. Global Food Initiative. 

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"Grower Social: The Farmer's Guild" Civil Eats. Looking for a tractor — or a date? The Farmer's Guild is the "it" destination for agrarian socializing.

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"The Good Meat Club: The Butcher's Guild." Civil Eats. A profile of the 200+ meat slingers who make up the bad ass membership of the Butcher's Guild.

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"The Love Lives of Rural Farmers: How to Make Rural Romance Work." Civil Eats. Six months of talking to farmers about marriage and dating.

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"Terra Firma: A Film about Women, War, and Healing on the Farm." Civil Eats. This new documentary is not another story about "messed up vets."

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"Women-Run Meat Co-op Bands Ranchers Together." Civil Eats. Four female ranchers in Yolo County, CA challenge the assumption that going at it alone is always better.

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"Organic Dairy Farmers Hit Hard by Drought." Medium.com (with FERN).  CA's drought forces some farmers to give up their organic certification.

 

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