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  • 'There was just some hard hittin' going on'

    Matt Jenkins visits the annual Combine Demolition Derby in the tiny farming town of Lind, Wash.

  • A River Once More

    In Oregon, a revolutionary community alliance is working to put water – and steelhead trout – back into the Deschutes River

  • 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

  • A world built on groundwater

    In Ogallala Blue: Water and Life on the Great Plains, William Ashworth examines the effects of groundwater dependency in a dry land

  • Affirmative actions

    Three recent Obama nominations draw flak from environmentalists.

  • Balancing fish and farms on a Washington estuary

    Balancing fish and farms on a Washington estuary

    A restoration effort at Fisher Slough in Washington's Skagit River Delta has encouraged cooperation between farmers and environmentalists - and might even help endangered chinook salmon.

  • Brave New Hay

    Monsanto’s genetically modified Roundup Ready alfalfa may take over the West, as the company re-engineers the world to conform to its business plan

  • 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.

  • Chilling forecast

    Chilling forecast

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

  • Clearing the air

    California farmers have long been exempt from the Clean Air Act, but that may change, as legislators and activists tackle the health and environmental problems linked to agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley

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