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Mar 14, 2023

“Watershed” agreement: Farmers, water suppliers and communities work together to protect their water sources

In Bolivia, 24,000 farmers in cooperation with communities and public water suppliers protect more than 600,000 hectares of forest from deforestation, exploitation, and the interests of mining companies—and thus protect the regional water supply in the long term. The Reciprocal Watershed Agreement (ARA) is now considered a model for conservation in South America:

Mar 8, 2023

Advocates seek to boost clean energy program in latest Farm Bill renewal

The Inflation Reduction Act offered bigger grants under a rural clean energy program. Now, advocates want Congress to bring the rest of the program in line with those ambitions as part of the latest Farm Bill reauthorization. Drew Bowman’s free-range turkeys don’t use much electricity. Getting their meat to customers, though, from slaughter

Mar 7, 2023

Countdown to the Next East Palestine?

Train derailments and chemical disasters could happen in any community — even yours. A freight train whistles in the distance, and my heart skips a beat. Ever since the train derailment and resulting chemical disaster in East Palestine, Ohio, three weeks ago, I’ve taken to listening to the sounds of trains passing through

Mar 7, 2023

Boreal Trees May Grow Faster Due to Climate Change

Enhanced tree growth could significantly offset carbon emissions, but some researchers say it’s not enough to compete with forest disturbances. In the world’s cold northern forests, climate change is altering the pace of life. Under warming temperatures, the average boreal tree will grow about 20% faster by the 2050s, a new study suggested.

Mar 6, 2023

A hidden gem of wetland near the Texas border fence

by Danielle Prokop, Source New MexicoFebruary 24, 2023 EL PASO — More than 300 acres of Rio Grande wetland is tucked away at the edge of El Paso city limits, abutting the border fence. The Rio Bosque Park, managed by the University of Texas at El Paso, is a prime example of water