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The Most Impacting Food & Ag Discovery of the Century

Touch the Soil News #331 Do we really know why food has to travel thousands of miles? Why does food on an average dinner plate have to be a concoction that may be sourced from several continents? For most of us, we think that the answer to this question is simply that it cannot be produced locally. Research at the University of California at Merced under the direction of Professor Elliott Campbell has just proved us all wrong. Using satellite images and soil data banks across the nation, it was discovered that 90 percent of Americans could be fed entirely by food grown or raised within 100 miles of their…

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Paying Farmers not to Farm Eco-Sensitive Land

Touch the Soil News #309 This year the USDA is celebrating 30 years of the CRP (Conservation Reserve Program). In prior decades, breaking out land for farming was not particularly eco-sensitive. Once the politics worked out, it was decided that the best plan was to give incentives to farmers to voluntarily not farm the land and plant it back to native species – and allow wildlife to return. The lands targeted for the program were often hilly farms with excessive erosion and key to wildlife and wetland restoration. The payments are minimal – often between $35 and $45 per acre. The government put a statutory cap on the number of…

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