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18 December 2013
NFU: Water Abstraction Reforms Must Deliver Fairness for Farmers
UK - Reform of the 50-year-old abstraction licensing regime must ensure a fair share of water for farming, the NFU said this week....
17 December 2013
Reforms to Improve Management of Water Supplies
UK - The way water is taken from rivers and groundwater is set to be modernised following the launch of a new consultation on reforms to its licence system, Environment Minister Dan Rogerson...
09 December 2013
Delayed Onset of Algeria Seasonal Rains at Start of Cropping Season
ALGERIA - Planting of the 2013/14 winter wheat and coarse grains is underway. In some central and western areas a delayed onset of seasonal rains may have affected planting operations....
Conservation Practices Reduce Runoff of Nutrients in Chesapeake Bay Watershed
US - A record number of voluntary conservation practices adopted by Chesapeake Bay farmers since 2006 have significantly reduced the amount of nitrogen, sediment and phosphorus leaving cultivated...
06 December 2013
Allowing Farmers to Determine How They Manage Groundwater is New Approach
US - Necessity is the mother of invention, goes the proverb. And that’s how Kansas State University agricultural economist Bill Golden sees what is happening in western Kansas when it comes...
04 December 2013
Water Policy Must Give Farmers Means to Grow Food
UK - The NFU has called on Government to ensure that future policies recognise the critical link between water and food security, and that they help deliver enough water for farmers to grow food....
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,...
USDA, EPA Partnership Supports Water Quality Trading To Benefit Environment, Economy
US - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced an expanded partnership to support water quality trading and other market-based approaches...
28 November 2013
Africa: More Crop Per Drop
AFRICA - The weather is an important factor in the success of any farming enterprise. A good farmer should always plan for possible change; "cursing the weather", as the saying goes, "is never...
27 November 2013
Winter Irrigation Workshop Offers Water Use, Economic Reports
US - Crop producers and agribusiness professionals can learn more about irrigation systems during a December 13 winter irrigation workshop hosted by the Michiana Irrigation Association and co-sponsored...
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
Queensland Drought Intensifies
ANALYSIS - Over 65 per cent of the state of Queensland has been officially drought declared, writes Gemma Hyland. ...
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....
19 November 2013
Why Should Crop Protection Practices be Recorded?
ANALYSIS - Collecting and recording data on crop protection practices should not just be seen as a legal requirement, writes Chris Harris....
14 November 2013
Avoid Risk With Crop Monitoring and Forecasting
NIGERIA - Assessing sowing dates, monitoring crops and water availability step by step and forecasting yields are all tasks that can be done by a crop monitoring model, SARRA-H, that CIRAD and...
13 November 2013
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
Typhoon Haiyan Leaves Thousands Dead and Farming Operations Destroyed
PHILIPPINES - A super typhoon has wreaked havoc across many southern and central regions of the Philippines leaving around 12,000 people dead and thousands without access to food and clean...
Alaska Native Villages Receive $28 million in Grants Upgrades for Water Systems
US – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of 11 grants to help rural Alaska villages finance water system upgrades and improve the quality of life for residents....
Farmers Welcome Freshwater Policy Statement
NEW ZEALAND – Water policy is going to be scientifically, culturally and economically informed for the first time, says a Federated Farmers of New Zealand spokesperson....
08 November 2013
Agritechnica 2013: Ag Digital Unveiled
GERMANY - Ag Digital, the free publication highlighting Agritechnica 2013, is now available to download....
01 November 2013
CropWorld Global 2013: Water Resource and Irrigation
THE NETHERLANDS - In the face of a rapidly growing population and associated demand for food, the agricultural sector, representing 70 per cent of all freshwater abstractions globally, has a...
Namibia Food Security Pressured By Drought Conditions
NAMIBIA - Drought pressure has taken its toll on livestock as well as the cereal yields, which have taken a big hit this year. ...
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...
Farm Bureau Commends Passage of Water Resources Act
US - Last week, the United States House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2013....
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...
24 October 2013
EU Water Pollution Decreasing
EU - Water pollution caused by nitrates has decreased in Europe over the past two decades, but agricultural pressures are still putting water resources under strain. ...
21 October 2013
Why the Plough is Here to Stay
AUSTRIA – Arable farmers have been advised that, if used correctly, the plough will not become obsolete....
15 October 2013
Cereals Harvest to Be Above Average Despite Floods
NIGER - Another above average cereal harvest is expected this year as pasture conditions improve nationally, reports the World Food and Agriculture Organisation. ...
14 October 2013
Water Rights Must Remain With States, Says Farm Bureau
US - Continued state control of water rights is critically important to farmers and ranchers, the American Farm Bureau Federation told Congress....
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