Andrea Basche

Kendall Science Fellow

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Andrea Basche is a Kendall Science Fellow in the UCS Food & Environment program. Her research focuses on the potential for agroecological farming systems to reduce the risk and costs of increasing drought. In addition to her work on the benefits of ecologically-based farm practices, she helps further UCS research into the links between agriculture and climate. See Andrea's full bio.

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Cover Crop Challenges: A Reminder That In Agriculture, Even Small Changes Can Be Hard

Why don’t more farmers plant cover crops? This is a question I am asked all the time when I talk about my research on the topic. Cover crops are not new—their historic use in agriculture includes many ancient civilizations and even our Founding Fathers. Cover crops simply mean growing a plant to “cover” and protect the soil when it would otherwise be bare. Live plant roots can reduce erosion and water pollution, and lead to more productive soil with time. Read more >

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Keith and Brian Berns, creators of Green Cover Seed, a successful cover crop seed business in south-central Nebraska, evaluate a field with a mixture of different cover crop plant species.

What We Need Are Farms That Support Farmers, Consumers AND the Environment

The past several years have been rough for many U.S. farmers and ranchers. Net farm incomes this year could fall to 50 percent of 2013 levels in a fourth consecutive year of income declines that is leading some producers to seek alternatives. At the same time, rural and urban Americans share growing concerns related to agriculture: worries that water pollution will be increasingly costly and harmful, that water supplies are at risk from extreme swings in rainfall, and that global warming due to fossil fuel burning threatens our food system and will necessitate changes in how we farm. Read more >

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Love Local Food? Here’s a Promising Way to Protect the Local Land that Grows It

Does your heart beet for farmer’s markets? Do you carrot all about protecting the soil? This Valentine’s Day, lettuce dive deeper into a promising solution for simultaneously protecting land for local food production, ensuring more sustainable agriculture, and creating opportunities for beginning farmers: land trusts. Read more >

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California Floods Remind Us To Make Agricultural Water Conservation a Top Priority

Yes, you’ve been reading the headlines correctly the last few weeks. There’s been so much rain in drought-stricken California that excess water has led to flooded homes, damaged roads, dangerous mudslides and tragically, several fatalities. To make matters worse, the abundant rainfall hasn’t even cured the state’s current woes. Read more >

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On World Soils Day, Five Fun Facts About the Underdog of Natural Resources

Happy World Soils Day! We seem to hear a lot about the importance of clean water and clean air, but soils less frequently get the attention they deserve. Read more >

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