Food & Farming

Food & Farming: Northern California schools turn to farming to bridge funding gap

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 14:26

3:52 minutes (3.55 MB)

California schools are facing massive budget cuts from the state. The weak economy is forcing some school districts to look at creative ways to bring in revenue and keep classes going. In northern California's Mendocino County one school district has turned to farming to raise funds and feed the community. From Ukiah, Christina Aanestad has more.

Food & Farming: Puget Sound markets stand by shrimp from the Gulf

Fri, 07/02/2010 - 15:08
Florida shrimp boats head for Gulf waters

5:19 minutes (4.86 MB)

Rough seas caused by Hurricane Alex continue to disrupt oil clean-up efforts in the Gulf. Ships collecting more than a million gallons of oil a day were brought back toward shore - which means that oil is now gushing into the ocean. But oil disaster chief Thad Allen said today, they have collected or burned 19 million gallons using the current containment strategy.

As all this oil continues to flow into an area known for commercial fishing, many consumers are concerned about buying seafood from the gulf.  But on the other side of the country in Washington State, many specialty seafood markets continue to sell gulf coast shrimp.  Reporter Martha Baskin visited the markets and brings us this story.

Food & Farming: Agriculture losses due to Gaza blockade

Thu, 07/01/2010 - 13:44
Israeli barrier inside Gaza

5:26 minutes (4.97 MB)

Israeli warplanes raided a number of targets across the Gaza Strip today.  Israel claims the bombings were in retaliation to a rocket attack on a factory, and says the targets were terrorist tunnels, and a weapons manufacturing plant.  But an irrigation well in the North of Gaza was also destroyed.  With water and food already in short supply in Gaza due to the 3 year old blockade, the loss of a well or plot of farmland adds to the dire humanitarian situation.  Agriculture and fishing have shown a steep decline since 2007, and although Israeli officials recently announced they

Food & Farming: Dairy industry anti-trust hearing in Madison

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 13:13

5:05 minutes (4.65 MB)

The Department of Justice held a public hearing in Madison, Wisconsin today to investigate whether America's dairy industry has become so consolidated and so tightly controlled that it requires federal intervention. Today's hearing is the third in a series of five nationwide events. Justice officials are gathering input from the public on if the country's agricultural markets have free and fair competition. WORT's Molly Stenz reports from Madison.

Food & Farming: Budget cuts could close Oregon agricultural offices

Mon, 05/17/2010 - 13:21

4:40 minutes (4.28 MB)

The economic downturn has forced local and state governments all over the country to cut programs. One of those affected is the nation-wide network of Cooperative Extension Services that supporters say provide vital agricultural and natural resource knowledge to local communities. Now, many of the offices are in danger of closing down.

As part of our ongoing series looking at Food and Farming in the US FSRN’s Jes Burns reports from Oregon’s Lane County, where voters will decide Tuesday if the Extension will remain.

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