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Agriculture and Youth Employment: The Missing Link

Matthieu Cognac | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Matthieu Cognac

Agriculture does not top many young people's "most wanted" wish list of careers. It represents the past and is often perceived as the antithesis of progress. But Suk Moo thinks differently.

WATCH: Teen Bought House With Pig Winnings

HuffPost Live | Posted 02.06.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Though most of us scrimp to buy a house in our 20s or 30s, Lindsay McNeal bought her first home at age 18, thanks to one very valuable asset: pigs. Ov...

A Farm Bill at the Expense of the Poor

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

Two years after its deadline, a Farm Bill emerges from Congress headed to the President's desk. For months, the Agriculture Conferees struggled to compromise on the various elements of the farm bill that our nation needs.

Sustainability Squared

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Mary Manning Cleveland

How can the world attain a decent, sustainable lifestyle, one that doesn't wreck our land, water, and air? In fact, we already have the necessary technology -- technology that can create more and better jobs. Here are examples from farms, cities, and businesses.

Farmer John and the Cow-Flop

Carl Pope | Posted 04.03.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

As Congressman George Miller, who has led the Northern California team at water negotiating tables for decades, commented, Boehner's proposal "has little or nothing to do with water policy in the state" and everything to do with the politics of the Republican caucus.

Alissa Scheller

If You Like To Eat, You Should Really Be Worried About California's Drought

HuffingtonPost.com | Alissa Scheller | Posted 01.31.2014 | Green

California had record low rainfall in 2013. It was potentially the driest year in the last 500 years, according to tree rings, and dry weather is expe...

Climate Change This Week: Banking On Clean Energy, Breathing China's Pollution, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.01.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 29 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No ...

What's in the 2014 Farm Bill?

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

The ultimate deal was far from perfect, but it reflects the growing power of the food movement and it just might hint at the beginnings of a new direction for American agriculture.

Myanmar: A Critical Moment for the Country's Future

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 03.31.2014 | World
Jim Yong Kim

Myanmar is emerging decisively from conflict, fragility, and isolation toward a prosperous and peaceful future. It is in the midst of a triple transition: from a military government to democracy, from conflict in border areas to peace, and from a state-centered to a market-oriented economy.

15 Real Reasons to Date a Farmer

Jenny Dewey Rohrich | Posted 03.31.2014 | Weddings
Jenny Dewey Rohrich

A while ago, eHarmony came out with an article entitled 15 Reasons to Date a Farmer. I was literally laughing out loud. The article was extremely stereotypical. So I figured I'd amend the article a little bit, make it a little more real rather than fantasy land like eHarmony has it sound.

Seedtime -- About the "Magical Reality" of Seeds and GMO Seeds

Karl Grossman | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Karl Grossman

Just out is a brilliant book, highly important and beautifully written, by Scott Chaskey, a Long Island, N.Y. farmer (for 25 years he has run the Peco...

Climate Change This Week: Faster Heating, A Stitch in Time, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter. DAILY CLIMATE CHANGE: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 22 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No ...

Publicly Traded Company to Go Into Marijuana Cultivation

Abdullah Saeed | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business
Abdullah Saeed

Terra Tech, a hydroponic farming specialist operating in New Jersey and California, announced it is applying for a license to operate a cannabis farming facility and dispensary under recently implemented changes to Nevada's medical cannabis laws.

Courage and Conviction: Eric's Story

Acumen | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Acumen

When we handed Eric the money he earned, his face broke into smiles. "This is so amazing! I've never seen so much cash in one place in my life." Eric continued to grasp the roll of money in both hands, as if feeling its heft over and over.

An Open Letter to Agriculture Journalists and Leaders

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

In an era of sweeping change in communications, the long-standing principles of American journalism are being tested and challenged. Some journalistic...

Climate Change This Week: Congressional Climateers, Weather on the Mind, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 03.18.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today the Earth got a little hotter. Via The Climate Reanalyzer here How unusual has the weather been? Looking above at recent temperature anoma...

Congress Pushing Potatoes On Pregnant Women

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nutritionists say Americans don't need more white potatoes. Congress disagrees — again. Lawmakers are encouraging the agricultu...

USDA Greenlights Dow's 2,4-D Seeds

Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman | Posted 03.19.2014 | Home
Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman

USDA welcomed in the new year by presenting Dow AgroSciences with a bountiful gift: a virtual green light for the pesticide company's new genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybean seeds. These crops are designed specifically to be used with Dow's infamous herbicide, 2,4-D.

'Big Ag' Is Feeding My Family

Nicole Patterson | Posted 03.16.2014 | Home
Nicole Patterson

We are getting closer -- closer to me finishing school, and closer to the wedding. But something even closer than that will happen within the next few...

America's Struggling Families Need a Farm Bill

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

Earlier this week I was accompanied by Deputy Under Secretary Janey Thornton and Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Anne Alonzo as we visite...

Climate Change This Week: Climate Call to Arms, Arctic Aneurism, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 03.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today the Earth Got a Little Warmer. Drunken Arctic Is Freezing the US reports Chris Mooney at MotherJones, as a large portion of the polar vortex, t...

How Things Work: A Disconnect on the Big Island

Richard Ha | Posted 01.08.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

Take a look at this survey of "Hawai'i's Food and Ag Challenges Ranked in Order of Importance." Between October 2012 and December 2013, while the ...

How Will The Golden State Face An Epic Drought?

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 03.09.2014 | Los Angeles
Dr. Reese Halter

There are at least three things to be aware of if you live in California (and elsewhere): A warming world is fraught with drought that begets wildfires, the cost of fresh water is far too inexpensive, and failing to plan ensures that you have planned to fail.

The Industrial Age Must End

Billy Mason | Posted 03.05.2014 | Hawaii
Billy Mason

Proclaiming that the industrial age must end is a surefire way to invoke a relentless pounding of rhetoric from pro-growth conservatives like the unforgiving waves of a tsunami. What I am proposing is not to end industrial and commercial development, but rather a transition to an age of sustainability by redefining humanity's definition of success.

Climate Change This Week: A Climate Change Carol, Signs of Hope, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 03.05.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Happy New Year! Today, Earth got a little bit warmer. *The Ghost Of Climate Change Past: OO Arctic SOS Bottle 54 Years Ago Warned About Van...