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Connecting you with the global and local food system and its importance to you and your family — from dirt to dinner.

Inspiring Stories

Inspiring Stories

Farmers, ranchers, and all those in our global food system sustain us every day. We take a deeper look into the lives of those who pave the way for our nourishment.

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FarmLink: Connecting Food Waste to Food Security

FarmLink: Connecting Food Waste to Food Security

It’s no secret that COVID has had a huge impact on our food system. Bottlenecks in the supply chain have led to farmers dumping excess milk, plowing over perfectly good produce, and some cuts of meats not even making its way to grocery stores, let alone to food banks for those who need it most. FarmLink, an organization connecting food banks to food producers, is leading the way so that fresh, healthy, safe food is available and plentiful for all those in need of assistance.

Food Security

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Demanding Equality: Women Farmers in Africa

Demanding Equality: Women Farmers in Africa

These days, it feels hard to find stories of unity and empowerment. But here are three women farmers in Africa who not only challenge the status quo, but have dramatically improved their local economies...and beyond.

Agricultural Labor, Food Security, Soil and Crop Management

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A Farmer's Life on the U.S.-Mexico Border

A Farmer's Life on the U.S.-Mexico Border

The American ideal of providing a haven and opportunity for those seeking a better life is alive and well. But the harsh realities that come from illegal immigration threaten to undercut that spirit of hope and optimism. While many farmers and ranchers depend on an immigrant workforce to help with their animals and harvests every year, some are at the front lines. Russell Johnson, a fourth-generation New Mexico rancher whose farm borders Mexico, faces these challenges every day. Which begs the question: how can we continue to fortify an agricultural workforce while protecting our farmers at the border?

Agricultural Labor

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What's happening at our local grocers during COVID-19?

What's happening at our local grocers during COVID-19?

How are local grocers handling the increase in demand due to COVID-19? How are their supplier channels set up to meet the ebb and flow of particular products? And what changes must be made to address employee needs during this fragile time? We turn to a local Midwest grocer, Heinen's, for their insights...

Food Production, Food Safety

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Bettering Farms in Zimbabwe...and Beyond

Bettering Farms in Zimbabwe...and Beyond

Nyasha Mudukuti of Cornell's Alliance for Science writes about the challenges facing her family's farm in Zimbabwe. Nyasha's dream is to help her continent see the importance of biotechnology in agriculture and use it to improve the livelihoods of African smallholder farmers.

Agricultural Technology, Food Security

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Cork & Cow: FFA Spotlight on Emily Matzke

Cork & Cow: FFA Spotlight on Emily Matzke

We would like to introduce FFA member, Emily Matzke. Her passion for ag was rediscovered in FFA and now she’s developing a business plan to tie her love of ag and local food products together to make a unique frozen treat!

D2D on the Farm

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Ag in the Classroom: FFA Spotlight on Lauren LaGrande

Ag in the Classroom: FFA Spotlight on Lauren LaGrande

We would like to introduce Lauren LaGrande, an exemplary member of Future Farmers of America. Her education in ag started on her family farm and has taken her back to the classroom. Lauren's mission is to educate future generations about something that connects all of us – where our food comes from. Here is her story told from her point of view.

D2D on the Farm

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Soil Health: A Personal Chronology of a Global Paradigm Shift

Soil Health: A Personal Chronology of a Global Paradigm Shift

Tillage in croplands is one of the primary drivers of land degradation, but it doesn’t need to be. Join TNC's Michael Doane as he experiences zero-tillage cropping systems with farmers in India, and beyond.

Soil and Crop Management

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Coffee: Uniting Our Worlds

Coffee: Uniting Our Worlds

Our morning brew is so much more than just another beverage! Each cup connects us with the farmers along the equator. And the crop's proximity to rainforests and mountains highlights the importance of sustainable farming. To bring our cup of joe to life, we introduce sustainability-rated Colombian coffee producer, Finca El Ocaso.

Food Ingredients, Food Production, Food Trade

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Our Agricultural Extension Service: From Gardening to Food Safety

Our Agricultural Extension Service: From Gardening to Food Safety

Did you know that we all have a tremendous service available in our local vicinity? In 1914, the federal government created the modern agricultural extension services program designed to teach people not just how to farm productively, but how we all can benefit from that agricultural system for a better life. And it still thrives today.

Soil and Crop Management

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Are GMOs Bad for the Environment?

Are GMOs Bad for the Environment?

Here is a different way to spell the word green: Genetic Engineering. GE technology includes genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which some critics claim harm the environment. But in reality, GMO crops help farmers use pesticides responsibly, conserve water and increase soil health while increasing their crop yield.

Food Technology, Soil and Crop Management

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Solein: A Space-Age Protein

Solein: A Space-Age Protein

We’ve heard of animal-based protein, cell-based protein, and plant-based protein like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat…but what about air-based protein? Solar Foods found a way to reverse carbon emissions by pioneering a protein with carbon dioxide and renewable electricity. This is a feat with potential to address sustainability and world hunger concerns alike. But how feasible is this protein?

Food Security, Food Technology

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On the Farm & In the Books: FFA Spotlight on Katherine Smith

On the Farm & In the Books: FFA Spotlight on Katherine Smith

Katherine Smith, a Future Farmers of America member, strives to help smallholder farmers achieve profitability through financial stability and process improvement, and her mission is to make that happen. Here's her story...

D2D on the Farm

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Fair Oaks Farms: Taking Responsibility

Fair Oaks Farms: Taking Responsibility

Fair Oaks Farms has come under scrutiny for inhumane treatment to its calves. Find out how the farm's CEO has taken responsibility to better the operations of the farm, as well as the industry as a whole.

Animal Welfare and Health

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The Farm Babe: An Ag Love Story

The Farm Babe: An Ag Love Story

Have you ever bought something labeled organic or all-natural because it sounded ‘healthier’, even though you didn’t really know what it meant? Or quickly decided that GMOs and antibiotics are bad, without understanding why a farmer uses them? What if I told you that The Farm Babe, one of the most influential social advocates for the science behind agriculture, was once in your shoes?

D2D on the Farm

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Palm Oil: In Pursuit of Sustainability

Palm Oil: In Pursuit of Sustainability

Every day, consumers are unwittingly caught in a catch-22. Palm oil, an ingredient in many of the foods we eat and products we use daily, has a reputation for deforestation and habitat destruction. But there is a solution: growing it sustainably.

Food Production

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Rallying for our Flooded Farmers

Rallying for our Flooded Farmers

The ongoing flooding in Nebraska and Iowa has pushed many farmers over the edge, making the next harvest an impossibility for some. Many have lost their homes, their farms, and their livelihood. Here is how you can help.

Food Production, Food Regulations and Policy, Food Security

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Venezuela in Crisis: A Starving Nation

Venezuela in Crisis: A Starving Nation

Hungry citizens, lost jobs, violence, and a mass exodus of millions. It’s the story of a society melting down before our very eyes. How are Venezuelans managing to eat?

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D2D On the Farm: The Row We Hoe

D2D On the Farm: The Row We Hoe

As consumers crave locally grown fruits, vegetables, eggs, and meat, local farms answer the call. But maintaining a farm and being profitable is a challenge. D2D visits with 4th generation Hindinger Farm in Hamden, Connecticut.

D2D on the Farm

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Saving Chocolate, One 'Kiss' at a Time

Saving Chocolate, One 'Kiss' at a Time

As you enjoy sweet chocolate confections today, consider this – the cacao tree is under threat from deforestation, pests and diseases, and climate change. Can it be saved by scientific intervention? Ethos Chocolate has come up with a clever promotion to help consumers embrace the possibility.

Agricultural Technology, Food Production

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D2D on the Farm: Support Local Farms

D2D on the Farm: Support Local Farms

Consumers love buying locally grown produce. Some consumers push local farms to go organic, but real support is listening to farmers about what's best for their crops.

D2D on the Farm, Food Production, Soil and Crop Management

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D2D on the Farm: America's Salad Bowl

D2D on the Farm: America's Salad Bowl

Did you know that 80% of the leafy greens and berries grown in the USA during the spring, summer, and fall come from the same region? Join D2D as we explore the farms of Salinas Valley, CA!

D2D on the Farm, Food Production, Soil and Crop Management

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D2D on the Farm: GMOs

D2D on the Farm: GMOs

D2D visited a CSA farm in Boynton Beach, FL. One of the most interesting conversations we had was about one of the most heavily debated topics in Ag. You guessed it…GMOs.

Agricultural Technology, D2D on the Farm, Food Production, Soil and Crop Management

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