Agriculture

In need of water, an Idaho town turns to its neighbors
In need of water, an Idaho town turns to its neighbors
Does recharging an aquifer solve one of the West’s oldest water problems, or perpetuate it?
California contemplates water for struggling fish
California contemplates water for struggling fish
In an unprecedented move, the state may require upstream users to cut water use to improve water quality in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Farmers and ranchers lose vital support during shutdown
Farmers and ranchers lose vital support during shutdown
The funding stalemate has halted Department of Agriculture programs that the rural West relies on.
Big funds for Native American farmers and ranchers on the way
Big funds for Native American farmers and ranchers on the way
The largest ever philanthropic fund for Indian Country stems from a 1999 class-action lawsuit.
After years of drought and overuse, the San Luis Valley aquifer refills
After years of drought and overuse, the San Luis Valley aquifer refills
How an over-taxed basin is getting its water use under control.
How the livestock industry can help cut greenhouse gas emissions
How the livestock industry can help cut greenhouse gas emissions
New study shows better grazing and ranch management can reduce methane, nitrous oxide.
Why I’m fighting foreign garlic growers and their U.S. allies
Why I’m fighting foreign garlic growers and their U.S. allies
Our little New Mexico garlic patch is raising hell in law firms and government offices.
Ranch Diaries: Our first intern, branding cattle and renovating an old home
Ranch Diaries: Our first intern, branding cattle and renovating an old home
Triangle P cattle know the territory now, so our second summer shouldn’t be as demanding as the last.
Can food hubs boost rural farming economies?
Can food hubs boost rural farming economies?
The Department of Agriculture is funding new initiatives to streamline local food systems.
Podcast: What’s with the Western pot boom?
Podcast: What’s with the Western pot boom?
Amid a patchwork of regulations, marijuana is becoming a legitimate industry.
Ranch Diaries: The risks of ranching on a wild landscape
Ranch Diaries: The risks of ranching on a wild landscape
How the threat of predators has fundamentally shaped my relationship with nature.
Ranch Diaries: Sustainability doesn’t always mean regenerative
Ranch Diaries: Sustainability doesn’t always mean regenerative
How I came to terms with my subsistence upbringing, and have started to rethink it.
Stop attacking pastoralists. We’re part of natural resource management, too.
Stop attacking pastoralists. We’re part of natural resource management, too.
A sheepherder speaks out about labor and environmental concerns.
In the shadow of Silicon Valley, a new crop of tech-savvy farmers
In the shadow of Silicon Valley, a new crop of tech-savvy farmers
Jacob Martinez, founder of Digital NEST, is teaching young Latinos the tech skills they’ll need in a new era of agriculture.
Interactive timeline: Livestock grazing in the West
Interactive timeline: Livestock grazing in the West
Whether grazing on public land is a ‘right’ or a ‘privilege’ is one of the region’s most contentious issues. Here’s why.
Ranch Diaries: Dispatch from a confab of women in agriculture
Ranch Diaries: Dispatch from a confab of women in agriculture
When holistic management is too land-focused, the needs of the people on the land gets lost.
Can food hubs make small farms economically feasible?
Can food hubs make small farms economically feasible?
A new effort near Tahoe, California, brings farmers and food buyers together to buck the system.
Far from home, the West’s foreign sheepherders get a pay raise
Far from home, the West’s foreign sheepherders get a pay raise
Since the ’50s, Western states have brought in international workers but offer them few of the benefits given other workers.
A dry future weighs heavy on California agriculture
A dry future weighs heavy on California agriculture
Something’s got to give in Central Valley farming. The only question is what.
Will this desert community survive its water overdraft problem?
Will this desert community survive its water overdraft problem?
Borrego Springs, California, was founded on the promise of endless water. Now they must conserve — or else.
No, federal land transfers are not in the Constitution
No, federal land transfers are not in the Constitution
Legal scholars debunk arguments about how founding documents support local control of all lands.
The surprising history of the Malheur wildlife refuge
The surprising history of the Malheur wildlife refuge
The refuge’s creation helped support nearby ranchers.
Montana rancher looks to the past to prepare for tomorrow’s climate
Montana rancher looks to the past to prepare for tomorrow’s climate
Can re-engineering the family ranch help it survive climate change?
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