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New Framework Identifies High Nature Value Farmland
With over half of Europe’s species dependent on agricultural habitats, protecting ‘high nature value’ farmland is vital to biodiversity...
Climate Change Increases Risk of Crop Slowdown in Next 20 Years
The world faces a small but substantially increased risk over the next two decades of a major slowdown in the growth of global crop...
Which Seeds to Sow for Bees?
Farmers could help to maintain populations of bees and other pollinators by sowing inexpensive seed mixes on their land, a new study...
Scientists Discover Way to Make Ethanol Without Corn
Stanford University scientists have found a new, highly efficient way to produce liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. ...
Attracting Wild Bees to Farms is Good Insurance Policy
Investing in habitat that attracts and supports wild bees in farms is not only an effective approach to helping enhance crop pollination,...
Fertilizer: Controlling Costs with Lower Crop Revenues
From 2006 to 2013, fertilizer costs rose substantially, increasing by 144% for corn and 161% for soybeans, writes Gary Schnitkey, Department...
Estimating the Biodiesel Supply Curve
In examining the relationship between the profitability of biodiesel production and the quantity of biodiesel produced, it was noted...
Sharing the Risks, Costs of Biomass Crops
Farmers who grow corn and soybeans can take advantage of government price support programs and crop insurance, but similar programs...
Challenges to Feeding Seven Billion and Beyond – Role of Fertilizers
Commercial fertilizer accounts for 40-60 percent of cereal food production. Best management practices that utilize fertilizer more...
A New Look at Where Our Food Dollars Go
The ERS marketing bill has been a popular statistical series for food market observers interested in knowing the costs of getting food...
Questions to Consider Before Buying Farmland
Strong commodity prices have generated positive profit margins for most producers. A well-researched financial plan will guard against...
Two Approaches for Optimizing Water Productivity
Agricultural Research Service researchers in Bushland, Texas, are helping farmers make the most of their water supplies in a region...
Limiting Bioenergy Crops to Marginal Land Won't Work
Large-scale cultivation of bioenergy crops on marginal land is unfeasible, according to a recent study. While limiting bioenergy crops...
Weather, Climate Predictions Worth Their Weight in Gold
The economic costs of damaging weather events have an immense and increasing impact on the US economy, and these costs could be anticipated...
Brazil's Agricultural Structure, Sustainable Intensification of Food Production
Food production ought to be almost duplicated by 2050 (The Royal Society 2009; Baulcombe 2010). However, there is a consensus about...
 
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