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Conquering Cover Crop Challenges

Confronting the reality of 20 million acres by 2020.

The cover crop bandwagon is gaining speed, and farmers, bureaucrats, and business executives are scrambling to clear the tracks of anything that might derail the movement. From crop insurance to seed supplies and research funding to equipment needs, efforts are afoot to solve the many challenges farmers face when using cover crops.

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Reindeer Revival

Reindeer Revival

Three years ago, Denise and Josh Hardy were living in Spokane, Wash., when they got a call from Denise’s parents, asking if the couple were interested in taking over the family’s reindeer farm in Alaska’s Mat-Su Valley. Today, says Josh, “You have moments of absolute beautiful glorious peace here. The rest is hard work.”

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    Why Bats Matter

    Why Bats Matter

    White-nose syndrome has killed nearly six million bats in at least 22 states and five provinces. Should North American farmers and ranchers care? In a word, yes. A little brown bat can eat its body weight in insects each night. Multiply that missing insect control by six million, and you begin to see how important a healthy bat population is to agriculture.

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