Sunday, October 25, 2020

‘One extreme after another’: Climate change forces region’s ag sector to adjust practices

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A combine harvesting soybeans in a field.

Climate change presents challenges for agriculture. Its effects can disrupt food access and increase food prices. And ag also contributes to climate change. As the effects of climate change continue to show in the Midwest and across the world, farmers are adjusting, and farmers' groups are seeking policies that support them.
carcasses hanging in cooler

While it may not be pretty, meat processing is arguably the most important part of the whole local food system.
meat in a pile

Labor shortages is a big issue butchers run into when trying to expand or even just run their businesses. Penn State Extension is trying to fix that.
bread loaves

Local grains often get left out of the local food scene. Chatham University is trying to do something about that.
A woman picks cherry tomatoes.

While urban agriculture can't necessarily feed the world, experts and farmers agree that it can be an important part of city food systems.
front of keller market house

Cities and counties around the country are taking a hard look at their food systems and coming up with plans to make them better. But do the plans work?
Hands hold a phone and place orders for food, a van drives with a basket of food on top, a variety of food sits on top of a cell phone.

The pandemic has driven growth for local online food sales, but experts expect online sales to remain important for local farmers even after the pandemic.
pigs in a nursery

A northwest Ohio pig farmer reflects on changes he's seen the pork industry go through and how it's impacted the farmers, the land and the consumers.
Two women example an apple tree.

Food access is a multifaceted issue. It’s a matter of having stores, having money to afford a healthy diet, having transportation and having time. Food deserts can be found in urban areas, like Youngstown, Ohio, and rural areas, like Vinton County.
chick in brooder

A new study looked at 10 Pennsylvania farms to find out what it would take to scale up pastured livestock production.
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This is a series about the cost of our food. Not just the dollar amount of a steak, but all the other costs along the way — to the land, to the environment, to the workers, to the farm families, to a person’s mental health — and how these costs are calculated, how they add up and multiply and divide into the complicated equation that is our modern food system.

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