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14 January 2016
USDA Reports: Winter Wheat Surprises with Second Lowest Planting since 1913
ANALYSIS - USDA released four reports on Tuesday with implications for the grain and livestock markets, but the winter wheat planting survey stole the show coming in at only 36.609 million acres...
11 January 2016
El Niño Impacts to Hit NZ Farmers for Months
NEW ZEALAND - Recent rain has been a welcome respite from ongoing dry weather conditions in much of the country, but farmers in drought-affected parts of New Zealand will continue to feel the...
17 December 2015
Climate Change and Your Food: Ten Facts
GLOBAL - Here are ten facts about how a change climate affects our ability to grow food and feed ourselves....
09 November 2015
Lords Look at Creating Resilient EU Agriculture Sector
UK - The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Energy and the Environment have launched a new inquiry into how the agriculture industry can respond to price volatility and help make farming more...
20 October 2015
The Scoop on Poop – Why is Manure Important?
ANALYSIS - For years, livestock farmers have used manure as a fertilizer, soil amendment, energy source and even construction material....
25 September 2015
El Niño: Effects on 2015 Grain Production
WORLD - According to reports from the Climate Prediction Center, there is a greater than 90 per cent probability that the current El Niño will continue until the end of the year, and 85 per...
11 September 2015
Farm Environment Subsidies Have Positive Effect
UK - New research from the University of Cambridge has suggested that subsidies provided to farmers to protect the environment do have a positive effect....
28 July 2015
More Ecological Requirements for Chinese Agriculture
US - China’s farmers must use less fertilizer and pesticide, the government has announced in a push for cleaner water by the year 2020....
28 May 2015
China Targets End of Agricultural Waste
CHINA - China has set a target to achieve "zero discharge" of agricultural waste by 2030....
13 May 2015
Earlier Flowering Can Help Wheat Cope With Hotter World
GERMANY - Change in flowering time of winter wheat due to climate change can help to compensate for increased heat stress events in future, according to new research from the University of Bonn....
Biofuel Sustainability Dependent on Location
AUSTRIA - Growing biofuels instead of other crops can have a significant impact on climate depending on the location, according to new research from the International Institute for Applied Systems...
28 April 2015
Synthetic Smells Could Deter Insect Pests
UK - UK scientists have successfully synthesised molecules that mimic naturally occurring smells able to deter insects....
24 April 2015
Global Researchers Collaborate for Sustainable Intensification in Africa
GLOBAL - 23 African and European research partners will collaborate on a new long term research and innovation partnership, focussing on sustainable intensification of the agro-food system in...
23 April 2015
FAO: Soil Degradation 'Alarming'
GERMANY - The importance of soils for global food production was highlighted by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) at the start of Global Soil Week in Berlin....
New Test Could Prevent Spread of 'Killer' Bees
AUSTRALIA - Researchers have developed a genetic test that can help prevent the spread of infected bees, which threaten hives in Australia....
Soy Can Help Clean Up Oil Spills
US - Soy lecithin can be used as a chemical dispersant to help clean up oil spills, researchers have discovered....
20 April 2015
Can Bioenergy Sustainably Contribute to Future Energy Supplies?
BRAZIL - A report by an international scientific organisation showed that bioenergy can help to meet energy demands in the future, despite concerns over increasing food supply requirements....
15 April 2015
Harper Government Invests in Commercial Beekeeping to Bolster Agriculture Industry
CANADA - Pollination by honeybees is vital to the existence of many British Columbia crops and paid pollination services are increasing in demand....
14 April 2015
Consultations on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets
UK - Three consultations covering the UK and the EU's approach to future GHG emissions reduction have been issued. All will have implications for agriculture....
13 April 2015
Mounting Evidence for Neonicotinoid Environmental Impact
EU - Evidence for the negative impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on the environment is rapidly increasing, according to a joint report from the European Academies of Science to the European...
10 April 2015
US Bee Population Showing Less Die-Off Than in 2014
US - The honeybee population has experienced less severe die-offs over winter than in 2014, but there are still significant threats, according to a specialist from Purdue University....
09 April 2015
Adapting to Climate Change May Create New Environmental Threats
UK - Adaptation measures to help us cope with climate change have the potential to generate further threats for both local and global ecosystems, according to a new study from the University...
08 April 2015
Climate Change Causing Losses for US Soybean Farmers
US - Changes in weather patterns have been eating into the profits made by soybean farmers, causing $11 billion worth of losses over the past 20 years, according to researchers from the University...
07 April 2015
Boost for New Sustainable Farming Projects
NEW ZEALAND - The new Zealand government is to grant NZ$7.8 million in new funding over four years through the Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF), to 29 new farming projects....
World Health Day: Can 'FoodKeeper' Application Reduce Waste?
ANALYSIS - How often do you have to throw away food because it's gone past its best? ...
01 April 2015
Agricultural Waste Could be Useful as Biofuel
UK - It is estimated that more than 400 billion litres of bioethanol could be produced each year from crop wastage. ...
31 March 2015
UK-China Summit Gives Insight into Environmental Challenges
UK - Researchers from the UK and China met last month in Beijing to discuss ways that China can deal with environmental challenges and ensure food security....
27 March 2015
Flower-Enriched Farms Boost Bee Populations
UK - Flower strips sown into farmers' fields not only attract bees but increase their numbers, new University of Sussex research has shown....
25 March 2015
Cyclone Pam Destroys Crops in Vanuatu
VANUATU - Strong winds, heavy rains and floods resulting from Tropical Cyclone Pam have caused extensive damage to agriculture throughout Vanuatu, including the main food and export crops, livestock,...
23 March 2015
Scientists Promote Climate-Smart Agriculture to Tackle Climate Change
FRANCE - Scientists and farmers must liaise, so that the necessary agricultural transitions can be implemented to face the challenges of climate change in in the coming years....
 
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