Industrial Farms Have Gone Green
-- There is much to like about small, local farms and their influence on what we eat. But if we are to sustainably deal with problems presented by population growth and climate change, we need to look to the farmers who grow a majority of the country's food and fiber. Large farmers -- who are responsible for 80 percent of the food sales in the United States, though they make up fewer than 8 percent of all farms, according to 2012 data from the Department of Agriculture -- are among the most progressive, technologically savvy growers on the planet.
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FPPC Family Expresses Condolences to Family and Friends of Pearlie Reed, former Chief of Natural Resources Conservation Service
He believed in public service and had a humble spirit. It gave him a lot joy and pleasure to serve others. He was a champion for the underdog and believed in fairness for all. He was a wise man, had a sharp wit and a great sense of humor.
Manure from millions of hogs fuels natural gas project
One recipe for renewable natural gas goes: Place manure from about 2 million hogs in lagoons, cover them with an impermeable material and let it bake until gas from the manure rises. Then, use special equipment to clean the gas of its impurities and ship the finished product out. That's the vision of one of the largest biogas projects of its kind in the U.S. currently being installed in northern Missouri, part of a long-term effort to turn underused agriculture resources into an engine for environmentally friendly farming practices.
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