With more families depending on the National School Lunch Program to feed their children, school districts are gearing up to implement new nutrition guidelines being handed down by the federal government by early next year.
Organic grain crops bring in about $200 more per acre than their conventional counterparts, according to a study from Iowa State University. And that’s after taking into account labor, land and production costs.
Many communities don't have regular access to affordable nutritious food products. Residents of these food deserts, whether rural or urban, struggle to find ways to put food on the table and many are wary of a public health crisis.
Last month I took a tour of my wife’s grandparent’s new home in the western Minnesota town of Chokio, population around 400. I carried my 1-year-old daughter across the concrete floors and through the dry-walled rooms. The house is on the edge of town, near their church, behind the grain co-op. Their excitement was reserved. Rightfully so: They recently sold their farmland — though it was for more money than they ever thought they’d get for it.
Despite its theoretical absence of color, circles of white cotton added a splash to the varying shades of brown covering the fields of southwest Kansas on a recent mid-October afternoon.
By Eric Durban.
It’s harvest time, when the fruits of labor bloom. When it comes to cotton, the fruit literally comes to bear.
After a couple of rains in the area messed up my plans to join the cotton harvest, the ground finally dried up and I hopped into the cotton stripper with farmer Tom Leahy to make the slow trek around his Stevens County, Kan., cotton fields.