Every spring farmers and ranchers intentionally burn their fields to jumpstart the natural process of renewal. But those fires can be dangerous. That’s why researchers in Nebraska are designing a new drone that starts fires, and it may help protect people and the environment.
Watching Our Water, part 5: Farming in the fertile Midwest is tied to an environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, but scientists are studying new ways to lessen the Midwest’s environmental impact.
Watching Our Water, part 3: While federal regulations have successfully cut back some types of water pollution, most have little muscle in combating what is one of the Midwest’s biggest environmental problems: agricultural runoff.
How can you know the meat you're buying came from animals raised humanely? Organic producers want to answer that question, but conventional farmers are charging that proposed standards amount to unfair government backing of the organic industry.
Nearly all U.S. hops, which along with water, malt and yeast, comprise the base ingredients in beer, is grown in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Farmers and researchers in the Midwest, though, say the region could be ripe for a local hops explosion.
In an effort to turn away from chemical pesticides, which have the potential to damage the environment, some farmers are looking in a new direction in the age-old, quiet struggle on farm fields of farmers versus pests. They’re warding off intruding insects and noxious weeds with bugs and chickens.