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The Consequences of Pollinator Decline

As we said in our last post, most of our country’s most prominent pollinators are in dire condition. Honeybees, who are responsible for 80% of US crop pollination, could be extinct by 2035. Though implementing better pollinator diversity could help alleviate this issue, other major pollinators like bumbles and butterflies are on similar trajectories towards endangerment.   The question some are starting to ask is what happens if all of our pollinators

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The Current State of Pollinators

Pollinators play a vital role in our world. Not only do 75% of the world’s flowering plants rely on pollinators, but 35% of our food crops require animal pollination (e.g. bees, butterflies and birds) to thrive. In just the US, pollinators contribute $24 billion annually to the economy. Unfortunately, our most prominent pollinators are facing habitat

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How CRP Helps Keep Hunting Alive

Fall is known for many things: colorful leaves, bonfires, apple cider, jacket weather, and a lot of pumpkin-spiced items. For hunters, however, fall is best known as the start of hunting season. Between October and November, hunting licenses for pheasants, ducks, deer, and more become available, allowing countless hunters to enjoy this time-honored tradition.  But hunting is

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Synthetic Fertilizers and the Dangers of Nitrogen Pollution

Farmers have long relied on synthetic fertilizers to provide their crops with much needed nitrogen. Though nitrogen makes up 80% of our air, this gaseous state is unusable for plants. Fertilizers, on the other hand, are filled with nitrates, chemical compounds that provide plants with easily absorbed nitrogen.   While effective at helping plant life thrive, these

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How Farmers Can Join the Carbon Market

As support for a regulated carbon market continues to grow, many parties are eager to join. A carbon market incentivizes participants to reduce emissions and/or store carbon. These actions provide them with carbon credits which they can then sell to other parties in the market. Though carbon markets do exist in select US areas, pricing structures aren’t well regulated, and participation is restrictive, especially for

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The Carbon Market: Incentivizing CO2 Reduction

As global temperatures have continued to rise in modern times, there has been an increasingly vocal push for a reduction in CO2 emissions. From a business standpoint, however, green initiatives are often equated with added expenses, scaling back of productions, excessive red tape, and ultimately, a decrease in profits.   That’s why many are hoping that the promotion of carbon markets can help change how industries see CO2 reduction.  Carbon

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