Converting tobacco fields into solar farms can save half a million lives a year

Read the full story at JSTOR Daily. As demand for solar energy grew in recent years, so did the need for land for solar farms. Homeowners’ roof installations proved to be efficient enough to power individual houses and even supply electricity back to the grid, but transforming the energy industry to rely on the power …

Trump budget would undo gains from conservation programs on farms and ranches

Read the full story in The Conversation. Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are starting to shape the 2018 farm bill – a comprehensive food and agriculture bill passed about every five years. Most observers associate the farm bill with food policy, but its conservation section is the single largest source of funding for soil, …

Climate Change Could Mean Less Maple Syrup For Your Pancakes

Read the full story at NPR. Maple syrup might be ubiquitous in pantries and pancake houses now, but new research suggests that might not always be the case. Climate change could eventually render the sticky stuff extinct. A study published last month in the journal Ecology examined assessed how environmental conditions impacted the growth of more than 1,000 sugar …

What Canola Can Tell Us About Crops And Climate Change

Read the full story at NPR. Hot summers can devastate canola farmers. Prolonged heat waves can leave behind fields of fallen, shattered oilseed pods and destroy vast amounts of the crop. Why canola (oilseed rape) seedpods disintegrate rapidly in prolonged heat blasts has been something of a mystery, but a new study suggests rising temperatures …