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 >
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.
Andrea Basche, Kendall Science Fellow
March 3, 2017 3:58 PM EDT