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The Takeaway

So You Want to Be a Farmer?

Monday, September 15, 2014

In the latest installment of The Takeaway's Job Fair series, a farming insider explains how young farmers entering the changing industry should prepare for a life outside.

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: Satisfying Salsify

Friday, January 11, 2013

Farmers Jeff and Adina Bialas talk about growing and using the increasingly popular root vegetable salsify. Try their recipe for simple salsify with pasta and lemon parsley sauce.

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The Takeaway

Ken Burns on the Generation that Survived The Dust Bowl

Friday, November 16, 2012

In his latest film, "The Dust Bowl," director Ken Burns shares the stories of those who survived one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in American history and considers whether the crisis could happen again, in a region heavily dependent on the waters of the Ogallala Aquifer which have been rapidly depleted.

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: Post-Sandy Farm Report

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Farmers from around the area are making repairs, cleaning up, and getting back to their markets. Last Chance Foods spoke with farmers in Long Island and New Jersey and got the latest news from New York City's farmers markets.

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The Takeaway

Drought Brings Devastation to Nebraska

Monday, August 06, 2012

The worst drought in half a century has devastated farmers across the country this summer, yet few have been as devastated as those in the major farm state of Nebraska.

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The Takeaway

Secretary of Agriculture Outlines Plan to Cope with Drought

Thursday, August 02, 2012

As drought conditions worsen for much of the country, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is stepping in to provide some relief for farmers and ranchers. Joining us from Washington D.C. is U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

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The Takeaway

Farmer Believes Government at Fault for Drought's Consequences

Thursday, August 02, 2012

As severe drought covers about two-thirds of the country, more than half of all U.S. counties have been designated primary disaster areas by the Department of Agriculture.

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Features

100,000-Square Foot Hydroponic Farm Planned for Brooklyn Rooftop

Friday, April 06, 2012

Soon Brooklyn residents will be able to look up to see the source of their locally-grown organic vegetables. The Manhattan-based Bright Farms is building a 100,000-square foot greenhouse on the roof of a massive warehouse in Sunset Park.

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: Bed-Stuy Bok Choy

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Reverend Devanie Jackson, of the Brooklyn Rescue Mission's Bed-Stuy Farm, explains how she's growing, harvesting, and feeding her community fresh bok choy right now. Also, try a recipe for Hot-and-Sour Cold Cabbage and Baby Bok Choy Salad.

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The Takeaway

Farmers Disagree With Child-Labor Laws

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The Takeaway has been talking about child labor in America this week, from paper routes to custodial work. Now, a look at the farm. Should children be restricted from doing certain kinds of agricultural work? The Department of Labor thinks so. In a new proposal, they are hoping to bar most farm hands younger than 16 years old from jobs such as driving tractors, rounding up cattle on horseback, and working on ladders over six feet high. Is the proposal in the best interest of the children, or going too far?

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The Takeaway

Despite High Unemployment, Americans Don't Want Farm Jobs

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Though nearly one out of every 11 people across the country is out of work, on industry is facing a labor shortage. Some farmers in the western U.S. who have traditionally relied on migrant workers are now offering the same jobs to Americans — $10 an hour for pulling in the fall harvest. John Harold is one of those farmers. Instead of hiring migrant workers this year, he left openings for local, jobless Americans, something he considers a mistake. Americans, he says, proved to be less reliable and less willing to perform the hard work necessary to run his corn and onion farm than foreign workers.

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Features

Farms Struggle to Assess Damage Caused by Tropical Storm Irene

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tropical Storm Irene officially left the area on Sunday. But farmers, like Cheryl Rogowski, who owns a 150-acre farm in Orange County, are just beginning to assess the damage that the storm has wrought on their crops.

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The Takeaway

Tough Cuts: Do Farmers Need the Current $14 Billion in Subsidies?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

In this economy, people know that every little bit counts when it comes to saving money. It is no different for the federal commission trying to reduce a $200 billion budget shortfall. They could save $14 billion dollars by 2015 if they cut the direct payments farmers receive under the 2008 Farm Bill — and if they eliminate the subsidy promises, in the event that prices for wheat, corn, soy and other commodities fall in the next few years. What effects would farmers and food shoppers see if these subsidies were to go away?

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