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Meet Kate Greenberg, Colorado’s New Commissioner of Agriculture

February 11, 2019 – By Lisa Held, Civil Eats – When Governor Jared Polis announced his pick for the next commissioner of agriculture in Colorado in December, Kate Greenberg made headlines as the first woman to hold the position. She wasn’t alone: According to a recent Politico report, this year, seven women stepped into the job in states across the country, from Hawaii to Oklahoma to Maine. There are now a record 13 women running state agriculture departments.

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Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'

February 10, 2019 – By Damian Carrington, The Guardian – The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review.

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NSAC Members Convene to Set 2019 Priorities

February 8, 2019 – National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – Last week, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)’s annual winter meeting convened over 80 coalition members from all across the country to discuss food and agriculture policy in the nation’s capital. At the four-day convening, participants selected and made plans around NSAC coalition priorities, including implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill, which was signed into law late last year. The winter meeting closed with a lobby day, where staff from NSAC’s member organizations attended over 80 meetings with members of Congress to champion policies that impact farmers and communities nationwide.

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Organic production an economic winner

February 8, 2019 – By Gord Gilmour, Manitoba Co-operator – Manitoba Agriculture has released its latest organic crops cost-of-production figures and once again the production system is stacking up well against conventional agriculture.

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These probiotics for plants help farms suck up extra carbon dioxide

February 7, 2019 – By Adele Peters, Fast Company – On thousands of acres of orange groves in Florida, farmers are adding beneficial fungi and bacteria to the soil, which makes the oranges grow bigger and sweeter–and makes the soil suck up enough extra CO2 so that each acre offsets the emissions from a passenger car. Call it probiotics for soil.

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