Farming and Birds

This week The Nightjar will take an in-depth look at Farms, farming and the impact on our avian friends.  The first segment will be up on Tuesday and the final Segment on Saturday.

Farming is once again in the news.  Ethanol, which is being touted as a ‘clean’ fuel is all the rage among the auto makers, but while the demand for Corn has gone up, production hasn’t.  These means higher prices for a lot of common goods, even beer, since farmers are not growing hops or barley in favor of corn.

But there is a second issue, one that isn’t so environmentally friendly.  Too many farms in our nation are green deserts.  Devoid of life, they have been farmed and sprayed to the point of exhaustion, too many others have been over grazed by cattle to feed our demand for beef.

It doesn’t have to be that way, there are many ways to farm productively, even increase production and still have a vibrant and environmentally friendly farm.  The big issue is that many environmental groups don’t focus on farming and that their are few resources available to farmers who have a vested interest in keeping their lands productive.  Farms make up most of the private land in this country, informing farmers on land management will benefit everyone, man and beast.

Segments this week:

Tuesday:  The History of the American Farm

Wednesday:  Traditional and Current Practices

Thursday:  Which Birds Benefited from Farming?

Friday:  Birds in Peril

Saturday:  The Future of Birds and Farming

So please check back and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to post them in the comments and I’ll answer them as best I can.

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