Maryland wants to expedite placement of up to 10,000 acres of solar farms, while protecting farmland. Where will they go?

Note that California has found that bulk purchases of solar on canopies over parking lots can be cheaper than rooftop solar. Maryland announced $4 million in grants to encourage solar and wind arrays on roofs, parking lots, contaminated brownfield sites and other existing infrastructure, with an eye toward erecting panels on state- and university-owned property. By Erin CoxAugust 14 Maryland’s ambitious …

How the Farm Bureau’s Climate Agenda Is Failing Its Farmers

For decades, the Farm Bureau has derailed climate action, deploying its political apparatus and 6 million members in a forceful alliance with conservative groups and the fossil fuel industry. It calls itself the “voice” of American agriculture, but the Farm Bureau has left its own members ill-prepared to cope with intensifying droughts, rain, heat and storms that threaten their livelihoods. …

IPCC’s land report shows the problem with farming based around oil, not soil

August 8, 2019, Anna KrzywoszynskaResearch Fellow and Associate Director of the Institute for Sustainable Food, University of Sheffield The word “climate” makes most of us look up to the sky – however, the IPCC’s new special report on climate change and land should make us all look under our feet. Land, the report shows, is intimately linked to the climate. Changes in …

Warren pledges to guarantee farm income, control supply

08/07/19 By Philip Brasher, Agri-Pulse. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren wants to put the federal government back in the business of managing commodity supplies in order to guarantee that farmers won’t lose money on their crops, a long-abandoned policy known as “parity.” The Massachusetts senator’s plan would build on USDA’s existing loan and conservation programs to take land out of production and …

Groundwater pumping has been absolutely unregulated in California for the state’s entire history, despite water being arguably its most important resource

Excerpt from NYTimes.com, June 12, 2019 …when the inevitable multiyear droughts set in, farmers must rely on excessive groundwater pumping to irrigate those endlessly expanding acres of fruit and nut trees, endangering the vast underground aquifer that is arguably the state’s most valuable natural resource. Given California’s reputation for legislative overkill, it’s astonishing that groundwater pumping has been absolutely unregulated …

LED light bulbs, heat-pumps, and electric cars all have something in common each represent an efficiency improvement of 300% or greater over their predecessors. Drastically improving land and food efficiency is also needed.

Drastically improving the efficiency of how much land is used to produce our protein and calories by switching to plant-based or more land-efficient animal sources, will also make it much easier to sustainably produce enough food to feed the world’s growing population. Excerpt from Clean Technica, Carbon Farming Can Deliver, July 2019 LED light bulbs, heat-pumps, and electric cars all …

“Rural areas feel abandoned and unheard by elected officials, especially Democrats. The pivot to Trump was a warning sign that they have to address rural communities.” Warren’s platform is mostly aimed at antitrust enforcement and breaking up the mega-mergers of agricultural corporations. Sanders also addresses consolidation in agriculture—which has a profound climate impact—and points out that agricultural soils offer a huge and underutilized opportunity to …

Healing the soil Healing the soul

Spring Newsletter Regenerative Farming and Soil Life 2019 – Indigenous Farming and Ranching, bBy James Skeet Since we have started our journey to farm and ranch on our ancient lands, we have been challenged to create a perspective that describes and articulates our relationship to the land. As a result, we have come across some very creative and wonderful ways …

Parity Plus: The Green New Deal and Agriculture

Over 100,000 people have signed the petition to show support of a Green New Deal that adheres to the following principles: 4 Key Policy Priorities and Principles Fair prices for farmers, ranchers and fishers, anti-trust measures that help reverse food sector consolidation, and healthy working conditions with family-sustaining living wages for workers; Carbon reduction, sequestration, and climate resilience; Diversified, resilient …