Agriculture

How beef colonized the West and America’s dinner plate
How beef colonized the West and America’s dinner plate
The author of a new book explains how beef consolidation in the late 19th Century shapes our ecology, economy and politics.
Rural anxieties derailed Oregon’s climate plans
Rural anxieties derailed Oregon’s climate plans
Arguments over state environmental policy impacts ignore broader challenges to rural communities.
Bees, trees and a sense of unease
Bees, trees and a sense of unease
Will mutual dependence mean shared destruction for California’s almonds and bees?
Ganjanomics: bringing Humboldt’s shadow economy into the light
Ganjanomics: bringing Humboldt’s shadow economy into the light
Marijuana growers and government officials in California's notorious "Emerald Triangle" work towards legitimizing the local cash crop.
Cattlemen struggle against giant meatpackers and economic squeezes
Cattlemen struggle against giant meatpackers and economic squeezes
Ranchers battle gigantic meatpackers to get a fair price for cattle in a changing economy.
Thumbs up for Wyo's wind tax
It could put wind on par with fossil fuels in the nation's energy colony
A change is gonna come
Corporations take heed of "local."
The cost of progress
Five extraordinary women tested for seventy-five peculiar toxins.
Outlawed...
Organic farmers?
"Bacterial Economics"
Microbes studied as rainmakers.
Understanding agriculture...and farmers too!
From farm income to carbon sequestration.
Out in the cold
When Julene Bair sold the family farm, she severed her lifelong connections with a sense of place and her own childhood.
Field Day
In some Western states, including Colorado, prison inmates are taking the place of immigrant farmworkers.
Agricultural water pollution on the line
Bush Administration tries again to work around Clean Water Act.
Left in the lurch
Left in the lurch
The recent expiration of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act has left western Oregon counties without funds.
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Climate cash-in
Western farmers and ranchers using progressive land-management techniques can make a few bucks from the new carbon market – but some critics say it won’t lead to any real reduction in carbon emissions.
Coffee with the ladies
Rancher Mary Flitner visits with some female bovine friends before going off to have coffee with the human ladies of Shell, Wyo.
The ugly economy of killing wildlife
Lisa Upson and Wendy Keefover-Ring believe that Wildlife Services’ predator control program is ugly, ineffective, inhumane and indiscriminate.
Predator control looks a lot different on the ground
Bonnie Kline says Wildlife Services, the federal agency in charge of predator control, helps keep rural economies alive.
Plowing under the fields of shame
Rebecca Clarren talks to migrant farmworker women about a threat they face every day in the fields: sexual harassment and assault by coworkers and bosses.
Rebels with a Lost Cause
Rebels with a Lost Cause
The fiercely conservative lawyers of the Sagebrush Rebellion continue to fight against environmental regulations, but despite all their sound and fury, very little has changed on the public lands.
The case for filet of filly
Americans may be sentimental about their horses, but slaughtering unwanted animals with poison is more cruel and a lot less sensible than using them for horsemeat.
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