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Urban Farm Gets TLC From Volunteers

Southern California Edison employees lend a hand at community garden.
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Between a hotel, fast-food burger joint and the 60 Freeway sits an unusual patch of greenery — the Earthworks Farm & Community Garden in El Monte, California.

Quick Action and Teamwork Protects Sustainable Farm from Wildfire

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Quick action and immediate willingness to help a neighbor made a big difference in saving property and wildlife habitat from even worse destruction during Oregon’s first major brush fire of the season.

The fire consumed an estimated 40,000 acres in north-central Oregon, according to Boardman Rural Fire Protection District Lt. Casey Zellars.

“We had pretty much all the emergency responders in Morrow and Umatilla counties out there from the time the fire was reported at 2 p.m. Monday until it was finally put out after midnight on Tuesday,” he relates.

General Mills Invests in Organic Farming Pipeline

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MINNEAPOLIS, June 3, 2015 /3BL Media/ – General Mills is investing $50,000 to support the Canada-based Prairie Organic Grain Initiative (POGI), a multi-year program aimed at building resiliency and stability in the organic field crop sector while increasing the quantity and quality of organic field crops in Canada.

Monsanto Company Releases 2014 Sustainability Report

Company Sets Operational Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity Goal and Reports Status of Other Sustainability Commitments
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ST. LOUIS, May 11, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Monsanto Company today released its 2014 Sustainability Report. Since announcing its first sustainability commitment framework in 2008, the company has advanced its three sustainability principles: (1) improving the lives of farmers, workers and communities, (2) producing enough food to make a balanced meal accessible to all, and (3) conserving Earth’s resources and preserving the natural environment.

Earth Day and Corn Farming: 45 Years of Progress

By Robert T. Fraley, Chief Technology Officer, Monsanto
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Imagine, as the world grows more hot and crowded, nothaving to using more land for farms but returning some of it instead to forest and grassland. Imagine the reductions in soil erosion and water consumption, the decline of greenhouse gas emissions, and a host of other benefits for our planet.

It’s possible. Corn farmers have shown how.

Farmworker Awareness Week: Do You Know Who Picks Your Produce?

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It’s National Farmworker Awareness Week, a time to remember that 85 percent of the fruits and vegetables we eat here in the U.S. are hand-picked. That’s right — the healthy veggies for our healthy lifestyles, sweet fruits for snack-time and even the flowers that brighten our tables. Farmworkers across the globe are out in the fields from dawn to dusk, working hard to feed the world. But at what cost?

Business Of Agriculture: Spring Crop Insurance Deadline Is March 16

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By Matt Ritenour

Matt Ritenour is a crop insurance specialist for MidAtlantic Farm Credit and has been helping farmers manage the risks of dealing with Mother Nature and market fluctuations since 2005.

The spring sales season for crop insurance is just around the corner, with important decisions needing to be made and new programs from the 2014 Farm Bill to be carefully considered. Here are just a few of the new changes for the 2015 crop year:
 

Business Of Agriculture: 5 Steps in Effective Succession Planning

5 Steps In Effective Succession Planning
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By Rick Hermonot and Jon Jaffe

Rick Hermonot and Jon Jaffe are consultants with Farm Credit East, working out of the Dayville office. Rick has been with Farm Credit for 27 years, and Jon has been with the organization for 31 years.

As agricultural producers start to think about planning for the eventual transition of their operation to the next generation, there are five essential steps that will facilitate a smooth transition and help ensure the financial stability of all involved.

Unilever Taps Supply Chain for Smallholder Farmers

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Leadership companies are looking at their supply chains not only as a conduit for goods and materials, but also an unbelievable asset to help drive social impact.

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