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27 May 2013
CLA: 'It's Wrong to Blame Farmers for Loss of Wildlife'
UK - The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has claimed it is wrong to place the blame on farmers for the loss of wildlife - in response to the newly released conservation report State...
24 May 2013
Serious Declines in UK Wildlife Could Impact Crops
UK - A collaborative report has shown that, of 3,148 species studied in the UK, 60 per cent are in decline. ...
Sustainable Land Management Legislation Given Farmer Approval
AUSTRALIA - Land managers and farmers have praised the Queensland Parliament for passing a new law that will support sustainable food production....
20 May 2013
Cotton Offers Ecologically Friendly Way to Clean up Oil Spills
US - With the Deepwater Horizon disaster emphasising the need for better ways of cleaning up oil spills, scientists are reporting that unprocessed, raw cotton may be an ideal, ecologically friendly...
17 May 2013
USDA Announces Conservation Reserve Programme Sign-Up
US - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up beginning May 20 and ending on June 14. ...
Reducing the Environmental Impacts of Fertiliser Use
CHINA - Scientists have demonstrated how improvements in nitrogen fertiliser manufacture and their application could help reduce China's agricultural greenhouse gas emissions by around 60 per...
B100 to Fuel Pulling Tractors
US - A partnership between US soybean farmers and the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) will reach another milestone Friday when the NTPA begins allowing the use of 100 per cent biodiesel,...
15 May 2013
USDA to Prepare Environmental Impact Statements for GE Plants
US - The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced plans to to better inform decision-making regarding the regulatory status of crops...
14 May 2013
USDA Unveils Vision for $30B Organic Agriculture Industry
US - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled his vision for US organic agriculture and USDA efforts to ensure its continued success during remarks to the Organic Trade Association on Tuesday,...
13 May 2013
Agriculture, Livestock Remain Biggest GHG Sources
US - Growth in agricultural production has resulted in increased agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions - with a huge proportion of emissions coming from livestock production, according...
10 May 2013
India Declares 2013 as 'Water Conservation Year'
INDIA - The Union Cabinet yesterday gave its approval for declaring the year 2013 as Water Conservation Year 2013....
07 May 2013
Climate Change Research Hub Opens in Vietnam
VIETNAM - A new international research hub has opened in Hanoi, Vietnam, to develop climate-smart farming technologies that reduce the impact of climate change on food production in Vietnam and...
Support for Long-term Water Infrastructure to Benefit Producers
CANADA - Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart has announced C$65 million over five years for the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program...
05 May 2013
Time for Change: Sustainability Events for Businesses
GLOBAL – As companies become more focused on sustainable practices, an innovative proposition for businesses has emerged that offers unique global insight into business sustainability and hands-on...
03 May 2013
Consumers Value “Locally Sourced” Food Despite Difficulties Defining
US - New research confirms that interest in locally sourced foods is taking hold among consumers who equate “local” with “fresh” and “healthier” and who want to support their local...
02 May 2013
New Opportunities for Carbon Farming
AUSTRALIA - Targeted new opportunities released today will help farmers and landholders access the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) with the announcement of phase two of the Extension and Outreach...
25 April 2013
Strengthening Legumes to Tackle Fertilizer Pollution
US - An international team of scientists aims to lessen the reliance on nitrogen fertilizers by helping beans and similar plants boost their nitrogen production, even in areas with traditionally...
24 April 2013
Jim Wyckoff's Closing Update: Corn Higher, Soy Lower
US - July corn futures closed up 4 1/2 cents at $6.18 1/4 Wednesday, writes Jim Wyckoff for TheCropSite. ...
European Biofuels Industry United Against EU ILUC Proposals
EU - Five industry associations from across the EU have agreed a joint position paper opposed to the European Commission’s proposals on indirect land use change (ILUC). The European Parliament’s...
Growing Forward 2 Launched in Manitoba
CANADA - Canada's agriculture minister says Growing Forward 2 takes a less reactive and more proactive approach to addressing the challenges faced by agriculture....
23 April 2013
Gillard Government Supports Groups to Protect Australia's Natural Resources
AUSTRALIA - Regional Natural Resource Management organisations (NRMs) will share in A$669 million to continue their work to enhance and maintain Australia’s biodiversity and environment over...
18 April 2013
AD Crops 'Efficient, Sustainable Use of Land'
UK - Ongoing projects are looking at the impact of growing more crops for bioenergy, taking into account potential alternative uses of the land - for example, whether it would be used for some...
17 April 2013
Inadequate Data Prevents EFSA Decision on Safety of GM Maize 98140
EU - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has been unable to come to a decision over the safety of genetically modified (GM) maize 98140 because the applicant failed to supply essential...
16 April 2013
Scientists: We Must Value Resources as Well as Innovate
UK - Faced with massive population growth, increasing prosperity and extreme weather events brought by climate change that raise the risk of pests and diseases, the challenge to feed all calls...
Global Fertilizer Industry Promotes Safety, Health and Environment Management
CHILE - Top technical experts from the fertilizer industry convened last week to discuss innovative new production processes and share best practices. ...
New Program to Help Industry Promote Benefits of Agriculture
CANADA - Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart have announced the new Agriculture Awareness Initiative as part of the Growing Forward 2 framework...
11 April 2013
Canada Soil Conservation Week Approaches
CANADA - Soil conservation week in Canada is April 21 to 27, 2013. The importance of soil often goes unrecognized. Almost 99 per cent of the food consumed in Alberta comes from soil. ...
Spreading the Carbon Farming Facts
AUSTRALIA - Grants have been announced that will spread essential information on the Carbon Farming Initiative to farmers and land managers across the country....
09 April 2013
Bayer CropScience Hosts Sustainability In Agriculture Executive Course
GLOBAL - With the global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, agricultural sustainability has become a pressing issue for researchers at Bayer CropScience. ...
08 April 2013
Sustainability Push Offers Land Owners Money Making Opportunities
AUSTRALIA – Farmers have the opportunity to reduce carbon emissions and develop a second income stream by capitalising on government funding projects....
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