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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Farming With Less Fossil Fuels

Cover crops are normally planted after harvest and grow until the next planting season. The longer cover crop grow, the more benefits they provide in the soil by adding carbon or nitrogen. (Brian Seifferlein/Harvest Public Media)

Cover crops are normally planted after harvest and grow until the next planting season. The longer cover crop grow, the more benefits they provide in the soil by adding carbon or nitrogen. (Brian Seifferlein/Harvest Public Media)

By some estimates, about a fifth of the nation’s energy supply is spent on producing food. Some farmers are trying to cut back on the coal and gas used in farming. Grant Gerlock from Here & Now contributor Harvest Public Media looks at a couple of ways farms are getting greener.

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