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Farmers Lead on Climate Resiliency

Jerry Peckumn farms in Jefferson, Iowa. To prevent soil erosion, Jerry plants perennials on his steepest land and maintains buffer strips. At a climate forum in Grinnell, he emphasized the importance of finding good ways to incorporate more perennials.

Though he uses numerous conservation practices, he is always looking for ways to improve the resiliency of his land. For many farmers, taking steps to build resilience in the face of a changing climate comes naturally.

Outdoor Living Rooms Invite Community Input

A strange thing appeared recently on main street in our town of 800: a complete living room. An old padded leather rocking chair and floor lamp filled one corner. A green jacquard couch and a Norfolk Island pine welcomed passersby in another.

The coffee table, with a plate of homemade cookies, bore signs of a life without coasters. A garden magazine promised “25 Backyard Escapes!” The yellow Hoover stood sentry next to the television. Cups of hot coffee and cider greeted guests.

Missouri Veterans Learn (and Teach) about Farming

More than 50 military veterans recently attended educational sessions on resources that can help them start farming. Workshops in central Missouri near Fort Leonard Wood and at the Lincoln University campus brought those in the know together with active duty veterans and military retirees. They shared information on farm loans, assistance with disabilities, and markets for alternative crops.

Sage Grouse Conservation in the Cowboy State

Much of rural and small town Wyoming depends on the economic impact of recreation and tourism. Camping, hunting, fishing, birding, hiking, guiding and other activities in 11 Western states, including Wyoming, brought in $623 million in direct spending and $1.06 billion in indirect spending, according to a recent Western Values Project study (http://www.cfra.org/western-values-project-study).

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