Theodore Roosevelt once wisely cautioned, “To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them.” Adams County’s prosperity is tied to the cultivation of the land, but urban development has increasingly threatened agriculture in this region. Thus, the protection of the land from urbanization has become ever more important in the Adams County region, mostly for the future sustainability of our community.
Civilization, as we know it today, began with agriculture. Centuries ago, the first humans were hunters and gatherers. Eventually, they settled the land and became environmental engineers, manipulating terrestrial habitats to grow useful plants and animals, and creating their own ecosystems suited to their own purposes. Ever since, the face of the human race has changed forever. Villages, towns, and then cities began to crop up; they either floundered or flourished, based largely on food security, or the availability of food and access to it. Knowledge, forms of governance, the arts, technology—these emerged from human settlements that had started, fundamentally, with agriculture.
University research on new agricultural technologies and sustainable practices benefits US farmers who are focused on increasing economic and environmental sustainability and also farmers in developing countries who strive to produce increased yields for food insecure communities.
What is Marcellus Shale and is it coming to our area?
Basil has been known and grown since ancient times. Learn how to grow this "king of herbs" to use in your everyday cooking.
There are always plenty of different kinds of insect pests that will attack field crops in any growing season. Some are seen every year, some seem to come in cycles and every so often a new pest finds its way into our area that we have not been familiar with before.
With the start of the farmers market season, do you know what the terms used to describe our food system's products really mean?
Our Educators do a weekly news column for the local papers. Below is the column for the Week of April 4, 2011