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Our Summer Media Picks: Rural News, Film, and Radio

A selection of news, articles, and podcasts, and films discussing some of the most urgent issues in food, agriculture, and rural life. Dig into these resources and if you are inspired work on policy related to food and agriculture in the 2022 session reach out to us at [email protected]!


Read – News & Articles

As Carbon Markets Reward New Efforts, Will Regenerative Farming Pioneers Be Left in the Dirt? (Civil Eats)

How Pesticides Are Harming Soil Ecosystems (Civil Eats)

A mega-dairy is transforming Arizona’s aquifer and farming lifestyle (High Country News)

Without enough water to go around, farmers in California are exhausting aquifers (NPR)

China is Buying up American Farms. Washington Wants to Crack Down (Politico)

‘It’s five years since a white person applied’: the immigrant workforce milking America’s cows (The Guardian)

A Native-led Initiative Seeks to Spur an Agricultural Revolution in Rural Alaska (Civil Eats)

USDA puts $67 million to new program for heirs’ property owners (The Fern)


Listen – Podcasts and select podcast episodes

Fighting for Black farmers’ land from The Farm Report

Transforming our Food System: The Chesapeake Region and Eester Farms Legacy with Bryan Epps from Edible Activist

 Indigenous Farmworkers – “Do your work no matter what other people say” from Toasted Sister

Fighting for Micro-Food Businesses from The Table Underground

Ending Domestic Hunger from Eating Matters 

The Homelands from Native Nevada


Watch – Videos & Films

Remothering the Land: Indigenous and Black farmers have long been practicing regenerative agriculture: 

Gather : Native American communities fight to reclaim their food sovereignty: 

Right to Harm: Factory Farms, also known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, are destroying rural America; these communities are fighting back

Kiss the Ground, The Soil Story with Pashon Murray : What’s good for the soil is good for the climate

Food Chains: Farm workers that grow and produce our food lack basic worker rights


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