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  • Congress loosens organic standards

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

  • Two weeks in the West

    Western communities get their hands dirty, growing food and pushing for local production; growers deal with frosts and costs; bees still in trouble; action on Farm Bill but not on immigration; and California’s Tejon Ranch is more or less preserved.

  • Organics and biofuels bring independence

    More Montana farmers are starting to raise oilseed crops and produce their own biofuels to save on energy costs

  • Climate model may help farmers know what to grow

    A high-tech climate model will give farmers in Washington’s Yakima Valley a kind of crystal ball for predicting weather, choosing which crops to plant, and dealing with drought and global warming

  • No room for democracy on California farms

    In The Conquest of Bread, Richard Walker takes a sweeping, skeptical look at the history of agriculture in California

  • The World's Water 2004-2005: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources

    The World’s Water 2004-2005, edited by Peter Gleick, is the fourth installment of an annual report that covers water issues that span the globe

  • Idaho gets smart about water

    Idaho is weathering the drought by taking a new, scientific approach to managing water use among its farmers

  • Uranium miners go back underground

    With prices rising and government support, uranium mining is booming in western Colorado

  • A tasty history of the Southwest

    In Gardens of New Spain, William W. Dunmire tells the story of how Mediterranean plants and foods came to North America and changed the way its inhabitants eat

  • Pueblo Indian Agriculture

    In Pueblo Indian Agriculture, James A. Vlasich explores the American Indian farms along New Mexico’s Rio Grande, delving into their difficult history and their current modest revival

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