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Coverage of family farms since April 9, 2023.

Saskatchewan man pleads guilty to killing wife with strychnine drink

"...A Saskatchewan man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the poisoning of his wife on their family farm..."


Petitioners rally for B.C. family living ‘unlawfully' in RV on family farm

"...A petition for the city to allow the family to live in a fifth wheel on a family farm has eclipsed 4,000 signatures Brendan ShykoraNov. 6, 2023 8:00 a. m..."


First Person: Farmers running out of water in Punjab, India

"...Combining tradition with technologyVishvajeet Singh Jyani: Over the years, we have noticed that the rainfall and weather patterns have been quite erratic. The canal water and groundwater we depend upon has also become unreliable. At our family farm, the main motto is, “traditional wisdom with modern technology”..."


Traci Genereaux’s family still searching for answers, 6 years after her body found

"...“She doesn’t have a life anymore, it’s gone. It was taken away from her at way too young an age,” said Genereaux’s grandmother, Darcy Martin. In May 2017, at just 18 years old, Traci Genereaux was reported missing..."


Have you seen the pumpkins at the Kraay Family Farm near Lacombe?

"...The Kraay Family Farm, west of Lacombe, was selected to have one of the Top 20 Pumpkin Patches in Canada by Chef’s Plate. (Contributed photo)..."


Battle River Watershed Alliance board has new Castor connection

"...Marilyn Weber (mid), with her grandkids, is a new board member for the Battle River Watershed Alliance. (Battle River Watershed Alliance website photo)..."


MP urges Ottawa to help northern B.C. farmers

"...“I’m very concerned,” said Bachrach. “We’re fortunate to have multi-generation family farms in our region. If we lose them, we lose a vital piece of the fabric of northern B..."


‘I just started praying': Alberta tornado survivors thankful to be alive

"...Nearly two weeks after a tornado ripped through an area north of Calgary, volunteers are out picking up debris by hand..."


Sask. woman teaches her heritage through one-of-a-kind dugout house

"...A Saskatchewan woman opens her family farm to the public every Saturday in July to share her Doukhobor culture and help people connect with their own heritage..."


Girl dies after falling into grain mixer on family farm in Lanaudiere

"...The toddler allegedly fell into an industrial mixer located on the family farm on Côte Joseph, according to Sûreté du Québec (SQ) spokesperson Audrey-Anne Bilodeau..."


Warm weather sparks concern over wildfire risks across Alberta

"...The season is young and off to a hot start for the Jones family farm east of Airdrie. They've been dealing with drought conditions for years, and this spring, at first glance, appears to be much of the same..."


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Recent episodes that mention family farms.

Legacies are to be lived and not left — Dr. Mark Lyons, CEO of Alltech

Duration: 13:50

"...Many of you run family farm businesses filled with the opportunities, challenges and satisfaction that comes with it..."


Three ways to prioritize mental health on the farm

Duration: 5:08

"...The agriculture industry is driven by family farms, where personal and professional lives are intertwined..."


The Successors, Ep 11: Big, bold ideas, showing up as your best self, and keeping a tee time

Duration: 33:02

"...The Successors is a RealAgriculture podcast series hosted by Kara Oosterhuis focusing on agriculture from the perspective of the up-and-coming generation..."


Episode #78: Adam Chappell

Duration: 53:35

"...Adam Chappell is a regenerative grower and cover crop advocate from Cotton Plant, Arkansas..."


Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about family farms.

A Cleaner World Could Start in a Rice Field | Jim Whitaker and Jessica Whitaker Allen | TED

"...Rice is the world's largest food source — and it's also a massive emitter of methane gas, a key contributor to climate change..."


A taste of a circular economy for food in São Paulo (teaser trailer)

"...A fascinating and diverse megacity, São Paulo illustrates how a circular economy for food can take place on the ground..."


The Rooted Life: Growing your own food with Justin Rhodes

"...Justin is a seasoned homesteader having enjoyed many years of practicing “beyond organic” and permaculture methods on a 75-acre family farm near Asheville NC..."


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about family farms relevant to the latest news.

Water use efficiency and public goods conservation: A spatial stochastic frontier model applied to irrigation in Southern Italy

"...Technical efficiency of farms with similar structural and management characteristics greatly varies across crops and geographical areas, because of the different natural resource endowment and agro-climatic factors..."


Understanding Sustainable Agriculture

"...Globally, food and agricultural production systems are confronted with unprecedented problems due to the increased demand for food due to population growth, increased hunger and malnutrition, unfavourable climate change consequences, overexploitation of natural resources, loss of biodiversity and food loss and waste..."


Potential Agricultural Use of Reject Brine from Desalination Plants in Family Farming Areas

"...Water desalination offers a potential solution to this problem, but the process results in a reject brine that needs to be properly disposed of to prevent increasing soil salinity and environmental degradation..."


Ethnobotanical study of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.) in Senegal

"...It makes an essential contribution to economic, nutritional and food security..."


Smart Technologies in Agriculture

"...The formation and development of a large agricultural and food processing cluster in Volgograd region creates a synergistic effect of technological, organizational and economic ?smart technologies?, which will strengthen the food security of the region and positively affect the standard of living of the population..."


On the unequal coexistence of agrifood systems in Brazil

"...We show how the project for food sovereignty brought together multiple social movements, including a core movement advocating agroecology, and how family farming was recognized as a key pillar within Brazil?s national food security policy..."


Precision agriculture technology adoption: a qualitative study of small-scale commercial ?family farms? located in the North Ch

"...Precision agriculture (PA) technologies offer a potential solution to food security and environmental challenges but, will only be successful if adopted by farmers..."


Integrated farming system producing zero emissions and sustainable livelihood for small-scale cattle farms: Case study in the Me

"...Wastewater effluent from the biogas tank can be treated by biochar and results show that it then meets the standards for irrigation purposes..."


Will I have a potential successor? Factors influencing family farming succession in Brazil

"...As the predominant form of land use worldwide, family farming is important in meeting the global challenge of food security..."


Shifting or drifting? The crisis-driven advancement and failure of private smallholder irrigation from sand river aquifers in so

"...This study assesses the heterogeneous character of private smallholder irrigation in the challenging environment of southern arid Zimbabwe, where family farms operate along sand river aquifers, forming a reliable natural storage of shallow groundwater..."


PEG induces maturation of somatic embryos of Passiflora edulis Sims ?UENF Rio Dourado? by differential accumulation of proteins

"...Sour passion fruit (Passiflora edulis Sims) has economic and social relevance and is an alternative crop mainly for family farming agriculture..."


Calculation of the carbon footprint for family farms using the Farm Accountancy Data Network: A case from Lithuania

"...This study appraises the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for Lithuanian family farms based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines using Lithuanian emission factors from Lithuania’s National Inventory report (LNIR)..."