More fertilizer plants come online and bring their baggage: CO2

December 15th, 2015

By Harvest Public Media

The U.S. may be on the verge of a boom in new fertilizer plants, which could be good news for farmers, but not the environment. Today’s farmers can produce more from their land than ever before thanks, in part, to nitrogen fertilizer, a key ingredient that has never been more widely available

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Nitrates a costly, persistent problem for small towns

October 26th, 2015

By Harvest Public Media

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Farmers put nitrogen fertilizer on their fields to grow bigger, better crops. But when there’s too much left behind in the soil, it can pollute water supplies as nitrates

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Food companies begin to pressure farmers to reduce runoff

September 15th, 2015

By Harvest Public Media

Corn and soybean farmers often apply more than a thousand pounds of fertilizer to every acre they farm. That helps farmers grow a lot of grain – but it can also destroy waterways from the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico.

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