Every Acre

The Official Farm Blog

Grazing on public lands

June 1st, 2022

Cattle ranching is a defining feature of America’s Great Plains. Preceded by bison hunting and trade, raising beef cattle has been one of the primary uses of The Plains’ sprawling grasslands for many decades....

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Irrigation on the Great Plains

April 20th, 2022

Amid dropping water tables, widespread soil erosion, and rising average temperatures, Great Plains farmers are largely reliant on expensive irrigation methods that come with a host of environmentally damaging side effects. Put simply, agriculture in the western United States uses more water than can be sustained....

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Reforestation realities with Jim Mann of Future Forest

April 13th, 2022

This week’s perspective on climate solutions comes from across the pond. We spoke with Jim Mann, Co-founder and CEO of The Future Forest Company, a UK based carbon removal business focused on fighting climate change and protecting biodiversity. Future Forest takes a multi-pronged approach to CO2 sequestration at mega scale and their goals are as big as Earth itself....

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Farmland financing with Claire Mesesan and Raya Carr of Iroquois Valley

March 30th, 2022

This week, we spoke to Claire Mesesan and Raya Carr of Iroquois Valley REIT, an organic farmland finance company that provides farmer-friendly leases and mortgages to the next generation of organic farmers. Over the last 15 years, Iroquois Valley has helped transition thousands of acres of conventionally farmed land to sustainable agriculture. Their farmer-first philosophy ensures that every parcel they work with is stewarded by someone who is committed to its prosperity and has access to the resources and support they need....

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Impact investing 101

March 23rd, 2022

Impact investing means integrating your values into your investment strategy. Separate from charity or philanthropy, impact investments generate positive social and environmental impact without compromising financial return....

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Impacting investing + climate action with Zach Stein of Carbon Collective

March 17th, 2022

Zach Stein is a cofounder of Carbon Collective, an automated investment manager built for solving climate change. Carbon Collective helps people make smart, sustainable investments by nixing fossil fuel corporations, backing climate solutions, and pressuring the rest of the market to decarbonize. Managing your financial investments can be complicated and intimidating, but it shouldn’t also cause you climate anxiety! Zach broke down how Carbon Collective works, and why you can feel great investing with them....

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A wrap on plastic

March 9th, 2022

Plastic is used on farms for crop cover, irrigation tubing, feed storage, and more. For example, film mulch — perforated plastic sheeting laid over fields for plants to grow through — suppresses weeds, improves water efficiency, and increases crop yields. But the proximity of these synthetic materials to soil and food may have frightening consequences for human and environmental health....

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The magic of mycelium

March 2nd, 2022

Grouped masses of hyphae are called mycelium. They branch and grow through soil like tiny roots. Numerous mushrooms you see aboveground might all be the fruits of one individual fungus whose mass is primarily hidden beneath the surface. The largest single organism on the planet is a fungus in eastern Oregon, which was discovered in 1998, and sprawls for nearly 10 square kilometers....

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A concrete catastrophe?

February 24th, 2022

Concrete is the second most widely used substance on the planet, eclipsed only by water. If the cement industry were a country, taking in all stages of production, it would be the third largest carbon dioxide emitter in the world. It is responsible for nine percent of global industrial water withdrawal. And to make matters worse, 75 percent of water demand for concrete production occurs in water-stressed regions. Industrial expansion has replaced miles of arable soil, grasslands, forests, and other regions of ecological diversity with the brutal material — a process incredibly resource-intensive (if not impossible) to reverse....

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Forest for the fungi with Lauren Serota and Colin Averill of Funga

February 16th, 2022

Lauren Serota and Colin Averill are the founders of Funga, a new organization harnessing forest fungal networks to address the biodiversity and climate crisis. Funga combines modern DNA sequencing and machine learning technology with breakthrough research on the forest microbiome to put the right native, biodiverse communities of mycorrhizal fungi in the right place. We chatted with Colin and Lauren to learn about what exactly that means, and why now is the perfect time to get funky with fungi....

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The modern day Dust Bowl?

February 2nd, 2022

You’ve probably heard of the Dust Bowl — the environmental catastrophe that wreaked havoc on the Great Plains in the mid 1930’s. During that time, the U.S. experienced its hottest summers of the twentieth century, and millions of acres of formerly productive farmland dried up, leading to massive dust storms that threatened lives and caused ecosystem damage we’re still seeing the effects of today....

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Back on the ranch with Travis Krause of Grazing Lands

January 26th, 2022

Travis Krause is the CEO and Co-Founder of Grazing Lands, a regenerative agriculture business working to build a healthier and more sustainable ranching industry. We are so excited to partner with Grazing Lands as one of Farm’s first collaborators, and wanted you to get to know one of the bright minds making it happen. We sat down with Travis to talk about sustainable land management, his path as a lifelong rancher, and helping to create a decentralized regenerative economy for U.S. agriculture....

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The future is rock dust

January 19th, 2022

At Zumwalt Acres, a regenerative farm in Central Illinois, a team of farmers, scientists, and environmental activists are trying out a new approach. Basalt, which is a calcium- and magnesium-rich silicate rock, has an alkalizing effect similar to lime and can be spread onto fields using the same infrastructure that corn and soybean farmers in the area already use for lime and fertilizers. But basalt also happens to have a very high carbon sequestration potential, meaning it can capture and store large volumes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Zumwalt Acres is one of just a few research sites currently conducting field trials with basalt, but early results indicate incredible possibilities for its role in global climate change mitigation....

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Can reforestation really solve climate change?

January 12th, 2022

In some eco-regions, forests are a significant carbon sink. This means they capture and store carbon dioxide molecules from the atmosphere so they are no longer floating around trapping heat. In a forest, atmospheric carbon is absorbed via photosynthesis into biomass (leaves, roots, trunks, branches), dead organic matter, and surrounding soil. Unfortunately, mass deforestation — losses totaling about a billion acres since 1990 per the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) — has meant huge volumes of CO2 released into the atmosphere, and opportunities for reabsorption literally razed to the ground....

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