Farm and Food News

Got Milk?

by Steph Larsen

As the consumer movement towards unprocessed, local and organic food grows, so do questions about how the food was produced. Perhaps none is more controversial than in the case of raw milk.

Raw milk is simply milk that has not been pasteurized to kill bacteria or homogenized so that the cream does not float to the top. The controversy is explained well in this news clip and features a farm that is only a few miles from the Center for Rural Affairs office:

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Moving Venues

The Blog for Rural America, as the official blog for the Center for Rural Affairs, strives to be a venue for quality and diverse content about our work. We discuss rural projects, analyse rural policy, celebrate successes and rant when we disagree with legislation.

It is another place for the Center to reach out to you - our supporters - and let you know about opportunities to act so that our rural communities reflect our collective values of fairness, progress and stewardship.

Get Rewarded for Conservation Through CSP

Farmers and ranchers that want to get in on the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) this year have less than a month to apply at their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office. The CSP rewards farmers, ranchers, and forestry producers for maintaining existing conservation practices and for adopting additional practices on cropland, grassland, improved pasture, rangeland, non-industrial private forestland and tribal lands. A supplemental payment will also be made for those willing to adopt resource conserving crop rotations. This program pays producers for clean water, better soil management, improved habitat, energy efficiency, and other natural resource benefits.

Garden Time!

For many gardeners in the Midwest, mid-May is the time to put plants in the ground. Not everyone has access to a plot of soil to grow their veggies or flowers. A community gardening project at the Center for Rural Affairs is helping more people grow gardens and making new connections within Sioux City.

Here is Wyatt Fraas explaining the project on KTIV:

Trust in Tomorrow

Planting something in the ground is all about trust.

You have to trust that the seed is good or that the seedling is strong. Trust that you plant with the right technique. Trust in the soil to deliver nutrients, trust that the sun shines and the rain falls at the right time and in the right amounts. While healthy plants can handle a mistake or two, careful not to make too many or your hard work withers and dies - along with your hopes and expectations.

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