Agriculture

Life lessons from sheep
Life lessons from sheep
It’s not all ‘follow the leader.’
Montana’s game managers try to outsmart elk
Montana’s game managers try to outsmart elk
Could unpredictable seasons trick elk into staying on hunting grounds?
Lessons from the first week of the Bundy standoff trial
Lessons from the first week of the Bundy standoff trial
Checking in on jury selection and opening statements.
What to read to prepare for the Bundys’ Nevada trial
What to read to prepare for the Bundys’ Nevada trial
The first of a trio of trials related to the 2014 standoff has started.
A new use for old produce
A new use for old produce
Inside the cross-border operation that saves fresh food from the trash.
Trump’s pick for USDA head mixed on climate change
Trump’s pick for USDA head mixed on climate change
Sonny Perdue’s history shows interest in conservation and big business interests.
Meet Nevada’s cow cops
Meet Nevada’s cow cops
Where crime scene investigators ride the range.
California’s recent rains won’t fix its other, very big problem
California’s recent rains won’t fix its other, very big problem
Even in wet years, farmers use too much water — and the Central Valley is sinking.
The ‘chickenization’ of beef
The ‘chickenization’ of beef
Obama’s efforts to help small-scale ranchers competing against Big Ag were blocked and ultimately fell short.
A new direction for indoor growers
A new direction for indoor growers
Vertical farming rises to meet growing demand for local, organic food.
Why we don’t mention my great-grandfather’s name
Why we don’t mention my great-grandfather’s name
Aaron A. Abeyta on his family’s shadowy past in New Mexico
Insights from a climate oasis
Insights from a climate oasis
Author Kathleen Alcalá on learning to become an activist.
Will a dam save the pallid sturgeon, or doom it?
Will a dam save the pallid sturgeon, or doom it?
On the Yellowstone River, farmers and conservationists clash over controversial infrastructure.
How to shear a sheep — and why
How to shear a sheep — and why
On the satisfaction of back-breaking labor.
West Obsessed: The fate of rural food and farms
West Obsessed: The fate of rural food and farms
The staff of High Country News tackles tough questions about small-town agriculture.
Want to move to a charming rural town? Ask about the sewage disposal system
Want to move to a charming rural town? Ask about the sewage disposal system
Wastewater inundation causes a commotion in South Dakota.
A helping hand for migrant students
A helping hand for migrant students
In the San Luis Valley, migrant workers build community around student success.
The afterlife of cotton
The afterlife of cotton
Through the present and past of a border town, on the trail of literary legend José Revueltas.
A mother’s flight into the desert
A mother’s flight into the desert
An excerpt from Black Dove: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me.
If you can’t beat the weeds, eat them
If you can’t beat the weeds, eat them
How nature — and marmots — thwarted a plan for an urban garden.
How do you beat hunger and food waste? Try compost
How do you beat hunger and food waste? Try compost
Reunity turns restaurant scraps into soil — and connects Santa Fe with rural farms in the process.
New Mexican farmers struggle to stay on the land
New Mexican farmers struggle to stay on the land
Can a tax break keep New Mexico’s struggling farmers from selling out?
How to feed the masses in small-town America
How to feed the masses in small-town America
New business models bring food to towns too small for big box stores.