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Farming magazines, as well as national and local newspapers all over the country have started paying attention to the issue. Read their coverage below.

Phys.org

Improving soil health yields unexpected benefits for farmers

Jun 15, 2024

In the U.S., as farmers wrestle with extreme heat and drought, heavy rainfall and flooding, and erosion—all factors of climate change which can take a toll on crops—there's been a lot of buzz over regenerative agriculture over the past few years, as big agriculture companies promise opportunities to make money from "carbon farming" while also improving soil health.

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AgWeb

New Poll: Farmers Want Congress to Protect Climate-Smart Agriculture in Farm Bill

Jun 14, 2024

85% of respondents said that conservation funding plays an important role in helping farmers and ranchers adapt in the face of increasingly extreme weather. Similarly, two-thirds (67%) said that conservation funding plays an important role in protecting our planet from the effects of our changing climate.

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The Kansas City Star

We need a farm bill that boosts farmers and the Earth, not Big Ag’s special interests

May 29, 2024

Climate change is disrupting farmers’ planting schedules, and within this decade, soil loss and extreme weather could threaten the adequacy of food supplies worldwide. But the House of Representatives is considering a farm bill that would reduce American farmers’ opportunities to adopt practices that help the climate.

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Valley Central

Local farms advocate for funding toward climate projects

May 29, 2024

Local farmers in Texas are asking congress to not reduce the amount of money set aside for climate projects in the national farm bill. Advocates say the money will go towards projects such as organic farming, water conservation and start up money for future farmers breaking into the industry.

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The Gazette

Iowa farmer: House Farm Bill misses the mark on conservation funding

May 24, 2024

Severe drought last year “burned up” much of the 800 acres of corn and soybeans Pete Youngblut, his father and brother had planted.

And heavy rains in recent weeks, including over the last few days, have flooded recently planted fields and paused crop planting in others...

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WKOW

How the latest farm bill is set to impact Wisconsin farmers

May 19, 2024

On Friday, the House Agriculture Committee released a draft of its highly anticipated farm bill. The proposal will reduce funding allocated for federal food assistance programs and climate conservation projects, as laid out in previous versions of the bill.

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RealClear Pennsylvania

Conservation Funding Helps Keep Family Farms Viable

Apr 22, 2024

As the Bible says in John 3:16: “That God so loved the world, he gave his only son.” I don’t know if I’d be able to do that, but I know I am fortunate to have a son who wants to continue the family farming tradition.

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ABC 27

Federal farm bill could take funding away from Pennsylvanians

Apr 16, 2024

Farmers across the country are waiting for the next farm bill to be finalized and those in Pennsylvania are worried about their funds being taken away.

The funds help programs like “Cover Crops,” which prevent erosion and improve soil health. For Pennsylvania farmers, that’s crucial for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.

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Black Hills FOX

South Dakota farmers urge Congress to protect conservation funds

Apr 3, 2024

Monday, farmers and ranchers from the Mount Rushmore State began urging Congress to protect $20 billion of conservation funds aimed at helping the agriculture industry thrive.

At the heart of the matter are $20 billion in conservation funds made available for U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation programs that could be cut in the next Farm Bill.

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Star Tribune

Farming conservation funds earmarked in 2022 now being challenged in Congress

Mar 14, 2024

A Minnesota farmer says a "light bulb" went off when he tried environmental practices on his Stearns County farm. Now, some on Capitol Hill want to reallocate the funding that made this climate-smart experimentation possible.

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Radio Iowa

Iowa farmer calls on Congress to pass ‘climate-smart’ Farm Bill

Feb 22, 2024

Henry says, “these production practices that we had implemented really were making the crop resilient in a volatile weather pattern..."

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

At my farm, the creeks have run dry. We need a climate-smart Farm Bill.

Jan 4, 2024

We use climate-friendly techniques when we can, but those must be scaled up. Farmers want a Farm Bill that is mindful of the effects of agriculture on the planet.

In the 1990s, when I started working as a geologist, the alarm bells of climate change were already ringing loudly. Today, as I work my farm in Northwest Pennsylvania, the warnings are nearly deafening.

Climate change is already hindering my ability to farm. The four creeks running through my property in Sharpsville, Pa., ran dry this year for the first time in 15 years.

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