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Iowa City — NEGOTIATORS en route to the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris, scheduled to begin later this month, should take a detour on rural roads here in Johnson County. A new climate narrative is emerging among farmers in the American heartland that transcends a lot of the old story lines of denial and cynicism, and offers an updated tale of climate hope.
Recent polls show that 60 percent of Iowans, now facing flooding and erosion, believe global warming is happening. From... read more
The following interview with James Robinson, Research and Policy Associate at RAFI, answers these three questions and provides further information on RAFI's work with climate change:
1. As a North Carolina-based organization, what are some of the biggest challenges and opportunities your region faces from climate change?
2. How are the farmers you work with rising to climate change and extreme weather challenges?
3. What policies – local, state, or federal – would RAFI like to see in response to climate change?
Help for family farms in crisis is the core of RAFI’s work.... read more
Main Street Project has a goal of “deploying an alternative, small-scale sustainable poultry-based system that is accessible and economically viable for aspiring Latino and other immigrant farmers.” What led the organization to this specific focus?
Main Street Project’s work on just, sustainable agriculture started in 2005 with a collaboration on an ambitious four-state, multi-year community building initiative called Raíces (roots)—organizing primarily with Latino youth and adults in diverse rural communities. Problem solving, bridge building, storytelling, empowerment, equity—the... read more
The Department of Agriculture asked private philanthropy to invest more in rural America. "Unfortunately, tragically," philanthropy has done less, Secretary Tom Vilsack tells the Rural Assembly. Opportunities abound in rural communities, and advocates need to be talking about them, he says.
Tom Vilsack didn’t pull out his prepared speech at his keynote address to the National Rural Assembly on Wednesday, but he had no trouble sticking to a theme.
Responding to... read more