Emily Payne

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Emily is Food Tank's Editor. She writes about the intersection of food, agriculture, health, and climate. Based in Denver, Colorado.

A New Hog Farming Model for the Next Generation

Steven and Alaina Imhoff knew they wanted to expand their hog farming at Triple Creek Farms in southeast Iowa. And they were convinced that the industrial route wasn’t going to suit them. In 2019, they connected with Niman Ranch, which…

Local Grains Promote Food Sovereignty in West Africa: “This Is the Future of Baking”

There is a growing movement to incorporate local, traditional crops into breadmaking and reduce Senegal’s reliance on imports.

A Farmers’ Network Offers Sound Business Advice—and Community

After inheriting his family’s deep respect for the land and animals, Jake Beeler faced financial hardship and struggled to maintain his farm. But a network of family farmers has helped him develop a sustainable business.

A Network for Independent Family Farmers: “It’s Like a Family”

Niman Ranch’s network allows farmers to maintain their independence while receiving critical resources and support.

Climate Action Must Include Nutrition

The climate crisis exacerbates hunger and malnutrition by threatening the nutritional quality of crops as well as crop productivity.

Climate Conference Strengthens Agribusiness Support, Leaves Small-Scale Farmers Behind

Advocates worry that initiatives from COP27 are doing more to support industrial agriculture, which will only worsen the climate crisis.

A Model for Bold Agricultural Transformation in Kenya

A coalition in West Pokot County, Kenya, hopes to serve as a model for community-led food systems transformation in other countries.

New Reports Make the Case for Food Systems as a Climate Solution

Leading researchers are helping prioritize food systems at the COP27 discussions in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, with groundbreaking new reports.

A Market for Small-Scale Hog Farmers to Thrive

In central Iowa, small-scale hog farmer Travis Flaherty takes pride in raising his animals more sustainably, allowing them to exhibit their natural behaviors.

With a Guaranteed Market for their Hogs, Farmers Don’t Need to “Get Big or Get Out”

When fifth generation farmer Joe Mickelson transitioned to small-scale diversification, he discovered that raising pigs in the open air was a new—and much more enjoyable—experience. 

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