The ‘Rewilding’ of a Century-Old Cranberry Bog

The ‘Rewilding’ of a Century-Old Cranberry Bog By JESS BIDGOOD July 4, 2017 Gene Albanese, a scientist with the conservation organization Mass Audubon, surveyed birds at the Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth, Mass. The sanctuary is part of a project to return...

Sugar Talks May Hint at Trump Approach to U.S.-Mexico Trade

By ELISABETH MALKIN June 4, 2017 MEXICO CITY — The sugar barons of Florida, Alfonso and José Fanjul, have been equal-opportunity political donors for decades, showering largess on the campaigns of Democrats and Republicans alike to ensure that lawmakers will protect...

Marijuana Goes Industrial in California

By THOMAS FULLER April 15, 2017 SALINAS, Calif. — This vast and fertile valley is often called the salad bowl of the nation for the countless heads of lettuce growing across its floor. Now California’s marijuana industry is laying claim to a new slogan for the valley:...

Burying Their Cattle, Ranchers Call Wildfires ‘Our Hurricane Katrina’

By JACK HEALY March 20, 2017 ASHLAND, Kan. — Death comes with raising cattle: coyotes, blizzards and the inevitable trip to the slaughterhouse and dinner plate. But after 30 years of ranching, Mark and Mary Kaltenbach were not ready for what met them after a wildfire...

2 of a Farmer’s 3 Children Overdosed. What of the Third — and the Land?

By JACK HEALY March 12, 2017 BLANCHESTER, Ohio — A life of farming taught Roger Winemiller plenty about harsh twists of fate: hailstorms and drought, ragweed infestations and jittery crop prices. He hadn’t bargained on heroin. Then, in March 2016, Mr. Winemiller’s...

California Farmers Backed Trump, but Now Fear Losing Field Workers

A Republican stronghold in the Central Valley thought a promise to crack down on illegal immigrants was just talk. Now they’re alarmed that it isn’t.