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15 January 2014
Protecting Our Water, Soil and Air
UK - Defra has released a publication designed to inform farmers, growers and land managers on good agricultural practice for water, soil and air....
09 January 2014
Honeybee Declines Cause Huge Risk to EU Crops
ANALYSIS - New research has highlighted the huge risk to crops due to diminishing honeybee populations across Europe, writes Gemma Hyland....
08 January 2014
Agriculture Needs Science Based Approach to Intensification
ANALYSIS - The global agriculture sector needs a science based approach to intensification of food production, writes Chris Harris....
07 January 2014
Farmers Must Change Mind Set to Grow Food Sustainably
UK - Farmers need a new mind set to be able to grow and produce food sustainably and profitably, writes Chris Harris, from the Oxford Farming Conference....
30 December 2013
Precision Agriculture is Cost Effective for Farms of 5,000 Acres
US - Precision agriculture is a quantified approach to cultivation that employs sensing, input modulation, and data analytics to enhance the efficiency of agriculture and increased crop yields....
27 December 2013
30 Per Cent of World's Corn, Rice, Wheat Crop Land 'Maxed Out'
US - About 30 per cent of the major global cereal crops – rice, wheat and corn – may have reached their maximum possible yields in farmers' fields, according to University of Nebraska-Lincoln...
Experts Discuss Managing Extreme, Extended Drought
US - More than 15 experts in the fields of irrigation, range management, climatology, and drought planning are scheduled to speak at a one-day workshop January 9 in Garden City, Kansas, on managing...
19 December 2013
New Tool for Management of Varroa Mites in Bee Hives
EU - There has been a significant decline in European honey bee colony numbers over recent years and hive infestations of the mite, Varroa destructor, are an important factor in contributing...
EFSA Assesses Link Between Two Neonicotinoids, Developmental Neurotoxicity
EU - Two neonicotinoid insecticides - acetamiprid and imidacloprid - may affect the developing human nervous system, said the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). ...
11 December 2013
EU Biofuels Supply Chain Rejects ILUC Compromise
EU - The biofuels supply chain, composed of farmers, crushers, traders and biofuels producers, presented its views on the Lithuanian proposal to be discussed by Energy and Environment Ministers...
05 December 2013
Antimicrobial Resistance: Our Race Against Bacteria
ANALYSIS - Over use of antimicrobial medicines has prompted scientists to ask the question; are we going to lose our life-saving drugs? Michael Priestley reports for TheCropSite....
04 December 2013
Improving Environment Yields and Welfare with Trees
ANALYSIS - Using trees as shelter belts around fields can increase yields and margins, reduce run-off and soil erosion and help improve the eco system by providing shelter for animals and pollinators,...
27 November 2013
Alfalfa Study May Help Growers Determine Returns as Water Resources Dwindle
US - In a perfect world, alfalfa might be considered the perfect crop. It’s packed with nutrients, is highly digestible, can use precipitation efficiently because it roots deeply into western...
26 November 2013
Proposed RFS Changes 'Bad for Economy and Environment'
US - The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) has reacted to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to reduce its 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) for the Renewable...
22 November 2013
Post-typhoon Rice Damage Assessed in Philippines
PHILIPPINES - The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) are assessing the extent of the damage wrought by Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda)...
20 November 2013
Conservation Agriculture Better for Environment Communities and Ecosystems
ANALYSIS - Adopting a system of Conservation Agriculture can increase yields while conserving water and mineral resources, writes Chris Harris....
Could Green VAT Encourage Sustainable Consumption and Production?
ANALYSIS - Taxes and a new system of value added tax (VAT) could be used to stimulate sustainable agriculture, food production and consumption, writes Chris Harris....
19 November 2013
Philippines Acts to Help Farmers, Fishermen after Typhoon
PHILIPPINES - Following the impact of the typhoon Haiyan, the Philippine Department of Agriculture has set up interventions intended to stabilise markets, provide seeds for early recovery of...
18 November 2013
EPA Proposes 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards: Industry Reacts
ANALYSIS - The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed for public comment the levels of renewable fuels to be blended into gasoline and diesel as required by Congress under the...
13 November 2013
Agritechnica 2013: Diesel Efficiency for Tomorrow
ANALYSIS - The topic of diesel efficiency has become an increasing focus for farmers in recent years, following earlier decades of concentrating on timely, high quality performance with modern...
Can Smart Technology Improve Farm Performance?
ANALYSIS - The use of smart technology in precision farming can increase production, yields and quality. This is one of the major themes at this year’s Agritechnica in Hannover, Germany, writes...
12 November 2013
Important to Scrutinize Environmental Schemes Across Ireland
IRELAND – Agri-environment schemes must be suitable for Ireland’s farmers, said Alan Matthews, Professor Emeritus at Trinity College Dublin as he addressed the Teagasc Agri-environment conference...
11 November 2013
Are Environmental Management Systems Just Greenwash?
ANALYSIS - Companies that adopt environmental management systems generally back this up with sincere investment in environmentally-friendly practices, research suggests....
08 November 2013
Agritechnica 2013: Ag Digital Unveiled
GERMANY - Ag Digital, the free publication highlighting Agritechnica 2013, is now available to download....
31 October 2013
Pull the Plug on Water Waste, Says NFU
US - Government policy must be shaped to enable farmers and growers to better capture water during times of plenty to help the industry produce more British food when there are shortages, the...
29 October 2013
CropWorld Global 2013: How Do We Feed Our Growing Population?
THE NETHERLANDS - This week, Amsterdam hosts the 4th Annual CropWorld Global 2013 Conference. Leading international experts from the agrochemical and crop industry, key policymakers and regulators...
28 October 2013
Australia Weather: Rainfall Restricts Grain Harvest
AUSTRALIA - Much of Australia has recently experienced hot, dry and gusty weather conditions. Bushfires across eastern New South Wales have burnt out significant areas of bushland, forests and...
More Fertiliser Use in Denmark Can Cut Soybean Imports
DENMARK - The Danish Government has been urged to relax environment regulations to allow Danish farmers to add more fertiliser to their land. ...
22 October 2013
Herbicide Runoff Reduced to Great Barrier Reef
AUSTRALIA - An innovative new approach to sugarcane plantation weed management trialled in select Great Barrier Reef (GBR) catchments has shown a 90 per cent reduction in runoff of highly soluble...
21 October 2013
Ag Farmers Trained on Creating Fish Friendly Habitat
IRELAND - A new Teagasc and Inland Fisheries Ireland joint initiative to establish best practice in the Management of Watercourses was launched at the National Ploughing Championships by Teagasc...
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