Geneticists comb the wilds of far northern Australia in search of plants that can help the world's most important food: rice.
"Ebola's Hidden Costs"
The number of people who die from Ebola could be only a fraction of those who die from it.
"The Quinoa Quarrel"
Quinoa has global promise for food security, but it is also central to the food sovereighty of the Andean people who domesticated it. Who owns this superfood?
"Linux for Lettuce"
Virginia Quarterly Review
To fight back against patents on crop plants, a band of public breeders tries to make like software geeks and create the world's first "open-source" seed.
"The Brown Revolution"
Ranchers in South Dakota have a plan to address climate change globally, but to succeed they must challenge the independence at the core of the Western Plains identity.
"Spirit Lake Rising: The Endless Flood of Devils Lake" (read sections one, two, and three of three-part series)
The two-decade-long flood of North Dakota's Devils Lake has dissolved entire communities and more than 160,000 acres of farmland; why hasn't it been stopped?
"Water: A Road Trip" (pdf or text-only printable version)
San Francisco Panorama (McSweeney's Issue 33)
Water has transformed California's Central Valley into an unrivaled agricultural empire. But what happens to the place and its people as that water disappears?
"Draining the Gene Pool"
At last, researchers have found a way to stop GMO pollen from contaminating non-GMO crops. There's only one hitch: someone just patented it.
"Let's Grow a New Crop of Farmers"
Op-Ed for newspapers including Grand Forks Herald, Garden City Telegram, and Country Today
A closer look at the census suggests we should redefine what farmers mean to us, as consumers and as a society.
"In Praise of Rental Cars and the Slow Motion of Farmers"
A reflection on the writing of "Deeply Rooted," this essay explores what writers can learn from farmers.