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  • Congress loosens organic standards

    Large-scale organic food producers have beaten back an attempt to strengthen national organic standards

  • California farm communities suffer tainted drinking water

    California farm communities suffer tainted drinking water

    In California's agricultural hub, the Central Valley, Latino communities fight for clean water.

  • Semi-wild in the new West

    Semi-wild in the new West

    Semi-wild rural landscapes, where humans mingle with wildlife, are a richer source of biodiversity than many Westerners realize.

  • Chilling forecast

    Chilling forecast

    Warming temperatures may put an end to the stone fruit and nut harvest in California's Central Valley.

  • Coming home to roost

    Coming home to roost

    When Paulina turns out to be Paul, the killing cone can set things right.

  • People are very much a part of HCN's environmental coverage

    People are very much a part of HCN's environmental coverage

    Latino farmworker communities in California's Central Valley suffer from polluted drinking water -- and High Country News can't ignore it.

  • Return of the pod man

    Return of the pod man

    Arizona farmer Mark Moody raises mesquite trees for food and furniture.

  • Southwestern farmers, lawmakers seek solutions to worker shortages

    The Western Growers Association says its farmers need another 20,000 workers to harvest this winter’s crop, and President Bush endorses the idea of a guest-worker program to make it easier for migrant workers in the U.S.

  • The persistence of a golden time in the West

    The persistence of a golden time in the West

    Seventy years after the publication of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, migrant workers still roam the West, eking out a tough living in its orchards and farm fields.

  • Dust off your survival skills

    Dust off your survival skills

    In tough economic times like these, we could learn a lot from our pioneer ancestors, who managed to survive – and thrive – in a harsh Western landscape.

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