Agriculture

Rural railroads are more important than your new trails
Rural railroads are more important than your new trails
Converting rails to trails can hurt economies and make it harder to battle blazes.
Holding onto home in rural North Dakota
Holding onto home in rural North Dakota
A new documentary explores progress and place in fracking country.
Farmers should stand up for the immigrants they depend on
Farmers should stand up for the immigrants they depend on
A farmer recognizes the ways undocumented workers sustain his community.
This farm bill deregulates the rich and polices the poor
This farm bill deregulates the rich and polices the poor
A former farmer calls the legislation an attack on family farms and the environment.
The Colorado valley at stake in Trump’s oil boom
The Colorado valley at stake in Trump’s oil boom
After coal waned, a community redefined itself. Will new leases turn back the clock?
California’s rural-urban divide blurs in crucial House race
California’s rural-urban divide blurs in crucial House race
Water and immigration are key issues as Democrats seek to unseat an incumbent.
GMO grass is creeping across Oregon
GMO grass is creeping across Oregon
Missteps by agribusiness giants allowed the invasion. Now they’re off the hook for cleanup.
A hops harvest that grows bigger each year
A hops harvest that grows bigger each year
Washington’s Yakima Valley supports many of the craft breweries in the U.S.
After Malheur, side effects of the Bundys’ extremism linger
After Malheur, side effects of the Bundys’ extremism linger
But in Harney County, Oregon, collaboration around public lands grows.
Interior revives the push for a higher Shasta Dam
Interior revives the push for a higher Shasta Dam
But the state of California and Winnemem Wintu Tribe oppose the project.
Conservation takes a hit in early version of farm bill
Conservation takes a hit in early version of farm bill
The bill that shapes the U.S. ag economy provides big money for land protections.
How the feds helped make Cliven Bundy a celebrity
How the feds helped make Cliven Bundy a celebrity
The creation of an anti-public-lands hero.
This acequia  life
This acequia life
The irrigation of the land defines our West in ways I can hardly explain.
At a range rights gathering, the press was in the crosshairs
At a range rights gathering, the press was in the crosshairs
In the era of social media, far-right activists aim to subvert mainstream journalists.
Black women rewrite weed’s legacy in Los Angeles
Black women rewrite weed’s legacy in Los Angeles
Entrepreneurs find opportunity and community in what was once illegal.
Why Compton said no to legal marijuana sales
Why Compton said no to legal marijuana sales
The California city tries to move on from a painful history scarred by illegal drugs.
All (climate) politics is local
All (climate) politics is local
During a dry spring, Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet visits rural Colorado to talk economics and agriculture.
Killer bees are calming down
Killer bees are calming down
The gentling of “Africanized” bees in Mexico bodes well for beekeeping in the southern U.S.
Elk vs. helicopter; Girl Scouts expand to weed shops; Colorado’s albino raccoon
A corporate takeover of legal weed looms in California
A corporate takeover of legal weed looms in California
Thousands of small-scale marijuana growers could be replaced by Big Ag.
In Oregon’s Coast Range, a writer explores identity
In Oregon’s Coast Range, a writer explores identity
A collection of essays ranges through the histories, trees and wildlife of the state.
Trespassing aliens; Garbage privacy; Brand your calves
Trespassing aliens; Garbage privacy; Brand your calves
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The allure of horse-powered farms
The allure of horse-powered farms
Photos of Washington homesteads, where an old practice draws young farmers.
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