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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 conservation. However, the identification and assessment of such farmland requires careful co-ordination,...
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 yields because of climate change, new research finds. ...
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 suggests. Researchers surveyed pollinators visiting study plots in Berkshire, UK, and explored how sowing different seed...
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, but it can also pay for itself in four years or less, according to Michigan State University research....
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 of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois. ...



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