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Every Day is Earth Day for Farmers and Ranchers

By Karen Macdonald - Friday, April 21, 2017

Happy Earth Day! Founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22. To America’s farmers and ranchers who vigilantly protect our natural resources, though, every day is Earth Day. It’s not easy. With fewer producers working less land while feeding a growing population, finding economically and operationally viable solutions to long-term sustainability is a challenge. Nonetheless, many Farm Credit customers are doing just that: Read More »

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Rural America Matters: The Realities of Renewables

Rural America Matters: The Realities of Renewables

By Taylor Gunn, Senior Economist: Power, Energy & Water, CoBank Knowledge Exchange Division - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

With increasing energy demands and growing concern over power generation’s impact on the environment, renewable energy has become a burgeoning energy sector. Generating electricity from the sun used to be a pipe dream, but today solar arrays are converting photovoltaic energy from the sun into usable electricity to power homes and businesses. Wind farms continue to expand across rural America, and biomass facilities are turning what was once considered waste into a valuable power source. Read More »

From the Field: Land Conservation Moving Forward

By Jill Giacomini Basch - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Jill Giacomini Basch is co-owner and chief marketing officer of Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company. On the family dairy, north of San Francisco, Jill and her father and sisters produce award-winning cheeses and operate The Fork, a culinary and educational center. The Giacomini family practices sustainability with a focus on water conservation and land stewardship. Connect with Point Reyes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Read More »

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Earth Day 2014: Focus on Sustainability

By Karen Macdonald - Monday, April 21, 2014

For an industry that relies on the land for its continued prosperity, it’s no surprise that many of America’s farmers and ranchers are focused on sustainability. These dedicated producers understand that to continue to grow abundant crops and pasture for livestock, the land must be carefully shepherded to reduce erosion and maintain nutrients, and water and energy resources must be conserved. Read More »