Bailouts Not Enough to Keep Ginseng Farmers in Wisconsin Afloat

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Aaron Mok

Joe Heil has been farming ginseng in rural Central Wisconsin for 25 years. He is the owner of Heil Ginseng…

Get Out the Vote Efforts in Farm Country Are Reaching Young, Latinx, and Rural Voters

Like a lot of people, Karla Ortiz thought the 2020 election would be different. As the Iowa Regional Organizing Director…

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Could Crate-Free Pork Become the New Industry Standard?

After graduating from high school in 1987, Tim Brandt started raising hogs on his family’s Ohio farm. Housed in barns…

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The Pandemic Has Given Organics a Big Boost—but Most Profits Aren’t Flowing to Small Producers

When COVID-19 forced communications consultant Kyle Freund and his wife to work from home this spring, the Madison, Wisconsin couple…

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Fighting Voter Suppression, Environmental Racism, and Corporate Agriculture in Hog Country

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Black Grandmothers Feed their Communities, and Pass on Food Traditions—Online

On a recent Saturday night in September, Mildred Braxton did something she never thought she’d do: she taught 20 or…

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Nutrition Education is Helping Low-Income Families Eat Healthier

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The Pandemic Has the Potential to Finally Transform Meat Processing in the U.S.

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Without a ‘Right to Garden’ Law, It May Be Illegal to Grow Your Own Food

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‘Gather’ Centers Efforts to Heal and Rebuild Indigenous Traditions and Foodways

Director Sanjay Rawal is the first to admit that he, the First Nations Development Institute, and the half dozen Indigenous-led…

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What Impacts Do the West Coast Wildfires, Smoke Have on Crops?

On September 12, Iverson Family Farms posted ominous images on social media of their fields under a ruddy red sky,…

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12 Native-Owned Food Businesses to Support on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Today, on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we celebrate and honor the original Americans. To be Indigenous means to be inextricably intertwined…

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By Switching to a Plant-Based Diet, Eric Adams Is ‘Healthy at Last’

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams still remembers the terror he felt when he woke up four years ago and couldn’t…

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Op-ed: ‘Kiss the Ground’ Misses the Complexity of Climate Solutions in the Soil

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Hmong Farmers Are Supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement in Minnesota

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Ensuring Homeless Americans Get Enough Food Has Never Been Easy. Now, It’s Next to Impossible.

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A Deep Divide on COVID, and Masks, in Farm Country

A few weeks ago, Natasha Paris took part in a community pasture walk. Paris is a farmer and high school…

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