USDA Announces $27 Million in Grants Available to Support the Local Food Sector

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced the availability of $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses. “These grants will continue USDA’s support for the local food sector as an important strategy for keeping wealth in …

This is how you photograph a million dead plants without losing your mind

Read the full story in the Washington Post. The Illinois Natural History Survey is also digitizing their extensive specimen collections. The Smithsonian's botany collection is finally going digital. But photographing and archiving 3.5 million specimens has proved an unbelievable challenge.

The Personal Lives of Forgotten Trinkets

Read the full story from CityLab. In an average week, Norm Diamond frequented as many as 10 estate sales scattered in various parts of Dallas, Texas. Perusing thousands of possessions left behind by previous homeowners, he photographed the ones that struck him. Spanning 15 months, the project started in March 2015. The result is a …

Gore to Phase Out Perfluorinated Chemicals, Develop New Waterproofing Coatings

Read the full story from Environmental Leader. Gore Fabrics says it will eliminate perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) of environmental concern from its products by 2023. Gore, which supplies products including jackets and shoes to major outdoor apparel makers including Patagonia and The North Face, calls the move an “important milestone in its long-term journey towards continuously …