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Is a Global Food Shortage Looming?

Trend watchers have noticed weather playing some cruel tricks on farmers around the world, leading some, like geopolitical trends analyst F. William Engdahl, to...

A Shortage of Loggers Looms in the U.S.

Dr. Tom Gallagher, the Regions Bank Endowed Professor of Forest Operations in Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, comments on the potential shortage of loggers in the timber industry.

Carpet Makers Want Pollution Trials Moved out of Alabama

Alabama Supreme Court hears arguments on environmental suits

Calling All Alabama Local Food Growers

Approximately 200 farmers, gardeners, community leaders, young people and other advocates for local and sustainable food will convene in Fairhope this December for the Food & Farm Forum.

Flashback: Alabama’s King Cotton Merchants

In the March issue of our first year of publication, 1986, staff writer Bessie Ford took us on a tour of the rarely seen...

Aquaculture Goes Commercial in Shelby County

A former IT entrepreneur applied the science of the Auburn-educated “father of aquaculture,” doubled down his capital investment, and made Southern Organics the state’s first commercially successful hybrid of aquaculture and hydroponics.

Auburn Soil Lab Gets $43M Infusion

A venerable soil research facility at Auburn University is expecting a $43 million funding infusion from Congress for a new facility that will continue its work of improving global food production.

Who Owns Alabama’s Forests?

Who are the typical timberland owners in Alabama? Are the small landowners in it for investment or recreation? For some insights, we spoke with Stephen Burdette, a registered forester with American Forest Management's office in Prattville.

Making a Living in Crenshaw County

A photographer’s account of business life in three rural Alabama counties: Part 1, Crenshaw County.

Catfish Farmers See Tariffs As Fair Trade

With Alabama catfish farmers, free trade is not an unquestioned principle, as with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce or the National Fisheries Institute. Black Belt producers say “free” trade has been an unleveled playing field of unenforced safety standards and dumping practices.

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