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08 April 2013
Food Waste has Environmental Downside
DENMARK - The production of the food we eat has an impact on the environment. But the food we do not eat also has significant adverse impacts. This is the conclusion of a report from DCA –...
2013 Water, Agriculture and Environment Conference
CANADA - The registration deadline for the 2013 Water, Agriculture and the Environment conference is quickly approaching. The conference is being held in Lethbridge on April 16 and 17, 2013....
04 April 2013
Collaboration to Promote Sustainable Fuel Harvesting
US - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new federal-private collaboration with DuPont to safeguard natural resources on private lands used to supply bio-based feedstocks for...
02 April 2013
What Will Weed Resistance Cost You This Year?
ANALYSIS - For farmers in the northern hemisphere, it’s about time for planters to start rolling. While seed decisions were likely made months ago, herbicide decisions are usually a wait-and-see...
01 April 2013
Battling Climate Change with Tried and True Methods
US - US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their partners are providing guidance to growers in Montana and the Dakotas on how they can use some tried-and-true agricultural practices...
REA Recommends Extension of Renewable Targets
EU - The Renewable Energy Association (REA) welcomes two reports published by the European Commission: a Green Paper on a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies and a progress report...
System to Restore Wetlands Could Reduce Flooding, Aid Crops
US - Engineers at Oregon State University have developed a new interactive system to create networks of small wetlands in Midwest farmlands, which could help the region prevent massive spring...
27 March 2013
Working Together to Ensure Food for All
CHINA – In a panel discussion about food security at the China Development Forum this week, Cargill Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Page said there is no need to fear a food crisis...
25 March 2013
Looming Threat of Water Scarcity
ANALYSIS - Last Friday - 22 March - was World Water Day. It is held each year as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of...
Losing Wetlands to Grow Crops
UGANDA - Getting enough to eat is a basic human need – but at what cost to the environment? Research published in BioMed Central's journal Agriculture & Food Security demonstrates that as their...
22 March 2013
Copa-Cogeca Announces Results on Water Management Solutions
EU - Celebrating International Water Day, which is dedicated in 2013 to water cooperation, Copa-Cogeca showcased results from its workshop organised together with the European Water Platform...
21 March 2013
Importance of Sustainability Growing for Food Industry
ANALYSIS - Sustainability is becoming a major item for the food industry around the world, as resources become more restricted and demand grows....
20 March 2013
Study: Corn Stover Collection Can Have Environmental Impacts
US - Removing corn stover from agricultural fields to produce cellulosic ethanol requires careful management to avoid adding greenhouse gas emissions and soil erosion to the environment, say...
18 March 2013
Balancing More Food, Energy with Less Pollution
ANALYSIS - As the global population grows to an expected 9 billion people by 2050, the need to produce more food and energy with less pollution is becoming more and more critical, writes Chris...
Victory for British Agriculture on Oilseed Rape Emission Recalculation
UK - Oilseed rape producers will be free to continue to sell their crop for use in the production of biodiesel following successful lobbying by the NFU and industry partners....
15 March 2013
Britain Must Act Now to Deal with More Extreme Weather
UK - Britain should improve water supply for business and farming in the face of more frequent floods and droughts, according to Environment Agency Chairman Lord Chris Smith....
11 March 2013
£5.3 Million Bioscience Boost Awarded
UK - Cutting-edge synthetic biology companies received a £5.3 million boost. The investment from the Technology Strategy Board and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council...
04 March 2013
Why is UK Lagging Behind on On-farm Anaerobic Digestion?
ANALYSIS - The use of on-farm renewable energy and anaerobic digestion is commonplace in Continental Europe, particularly in countries such as Germany and Denmark, but some countries such as...
Loss of Wild Insects Hurts Crops Around the World
GLOBAL - Researchers studying data from 600 fields in 20 countries have found that managed honey bees are not as successful at pollinating crops as wild insects, primarily wild bees, suggesting...
28 February 2013
Climate Friendly Farming can Aid Carbon Sequestration
US - Farm management practices can provide a real—though modest—contribution to carbon sequestration in the Pacific Northwest. This is the conclusion suggested by two recently published studies...
Industry Coalition Calls for Fair Deal on CAP
UK - The NFU, CLA and TFA have joined forces to campaign for a fair deal for English farmers on CAP reform. Critical for achieving that outcome, the industry has identified two central concerns,...
27 February 2013
Slim, Gates Donate Millions for Global Food Security Research in México
MEXICO - Billionaires Carlos Slim and Bill Gates have joined efforts to promote long-term global food security by providing millions of dollars to fund research for improved varieties of corn,...
26 February 2013
Rural Areas Need Hat-trick of Sustainability to Survive
UK - The Country Land & Business Association (CLA) has said the economic challenge facing national parks can only be solved by taking a balanced approach to the economic, social and environmental...
25 February 2013
Is Your Tractor a Gas Guzzler or a Mean Machine?
UK - Efficient20 says it is possible to make a fuel saving of up to 20 per cent by making simple adjustments to your tractor and implement set-up and to driving style....
21 February 2013
Landmark Carbon Assessment Developed for Australia
AUSTRALIA - The Australian landscape soaked up one third of the carbon emitted by fossil fuels in Australia over the past twenty years, according to a new CSIRO study released last week....
NFU Urges Congress: 'Include Agriculture in Climate Change Solution'
US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson submitted comments today to the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, addressing how the federal government can effectively address...
20 February 2013
Irrigated Cropland Values Surge with Drought
US - Persistent drought sparked a rush in irrigated farmland sales during the fourth quarter of 2012. Stronger sales vaulted irrigated cropland values in the District 30 percent above year-ago...
Concern Over Increasing Nitrogen Deposits, Pollution in China
CHINA - An international team of scientists, have published a meta-analysis revealing alarming increasing nitrogen deposition in China between 1980 and 2010, in a Letter to the journal Nature....
19 February 2013
Renewables Offer Profitable Diversification
ANALYSIS - Diversification into renewables can bring good investment returns for farmers providing a steady and predictable income, writes Chris Harris....
18 February 2013
USDA Announces 45th General Sign-Up for Conservation Reserve Program
US - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced at the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a four-week general sign-up for...
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