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28 March 2014
Canada’s Bees Thrive: Public Needs Facts, Not Fear
CANADA - Popular media outlets in Canada are filled with stories about the imminent decline of honeybees and the calls by some beekeepers to ban the pesticides — called neonicotinoids — which...
26 March 2014
Is The US Heading Towards Another Dust Bowl?
ANALYSIS - There's a mixed bag of weather conditions across the US, with rumours that a new Dust Bowl isn't too unlikely, writes Gemma Hyland....
How Can Science and Farming Live Together?
ANALYSIS - Modern farming needs modern scientific techniques, engineering, technology and social science....
24 March 2014
NOAA Forecasts Flooding in Midwest; California, SW Stay in Drought
According to NOAA’s Spring Outlook, rivers in half of the continental US are at minor or moderate risk of exceeding flood levels this spring. ...
Fishermen, Farmers Express Concern Over Oil Exploration in Virunga
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - Residents of two communities near Virunga National Park’s Lake Edward last week publicly declared firm opposition to the oil exploration plans of a UK company....
Arable Farmers Backing Campaign for Farmed Environment
UK - Lowland arable farmers across England have stepped up to the mark and are showing support for an invigorated Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) by adopting voluntary environmental...
17 March 2014
Bayer CropScience Strengthens Global SeedGrowth Business with Acquisition
GLOBAL – Bayer CropScience plans to acquire Biagro Group, headquartered in Gral Las Heras, Provincia de Buenos Aires/Argentina, a producer and distributor of biological seed treatment solutions....
12 March 2014
Using Precision Technology to Increase Yields and Reduce Costs
ANALYSIS - A general even application of nitrogen, phosphate and potash might not only waste fertiliser adding cost but it might not give the best yields....
Farming Industry Sets Out Agenda for Low-carbon Food Production
UK - Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the future should go hand in hand with producing food for a growing population and delivering for the environment....
11 March 2014
USDA Offers $3 Million Program to Improve Pollinator Health
US - Close to $3 million in technical and financial assistance for interested farmers and ranchers to help improve the health of bees, which play a critical role in crop production, will be offered...
10 March 2014
US Biodiesel Outlook Fueled by RFS Policy Changes
US — Adjustments to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) at the end of 2013 set up an environment for a stable long-term outlook for biodiesel demand, according to a new report from the Rabobank...
China's Minister of Agriculture Endorses GMOs
CHINA - Genetically modified organisms “are good, they help to defend the crops from pests and do not cause any harm. I eat them regularly,” says the Chinese Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu...
05 March 2014
Food Production in US May Need to Change if Climate Does
US - If significant climate change occurs in the United States it may be necessary to change where certain foods are produced in order to meet consumer demand....
04 March 2014
How Long Will it Take Farmers to Take Advantage of New Technology?
ANALYSIS - Farming in the 21st century is facing new pressures that often cannot be met by techniques, systems and equipment developed over the last 50 year, writes Chris Harris....
03 March 2014
USDA Secretary Speaks at Commodity Classic About Implementing Farm Bill
ANALYSIS - US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to a packed room at the 2014 Commodity Classic about the recently passed Farm Bill and most importantly - how USDA plans to implement it,...
27 February 2014
How Do You Manage Your Farm Through Weed Resistance?
ANALYSIS - With no new herbicide technology expected in the next five or even 10 years, farmers must manage weed resistance through a systems approach, reports Sarah Mikesell, TheCropSite senior...
$3 Million in Funding Available to Improve Pollinator Health
US – The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide close to $3 million in technical and financial assistance for interested farmers and...
26 February 2014
Water Supply Is Major Factor in Cropping Decision
ANALYSIS - Corn is still king, but in some parts of the US farmers are leaning toward crop rotation to break up the amount of water that's needed, reports Sarah Mikesell, TheCropSite senior editor....
Consumer Pressure Remains on Retailers to Back British Farming
UK - The Government must review its flooding and coastal defence policies and commit more money into helping to reduce further risks to the British countryside, the NFU said today....
24 February 2014
Flood-proofing Farming: A Grass Roots Approach
UK - Scientists at two BBSRC-funded institutes – Aberystwyth University's Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) and Rothamsted Research North Wyke in Devon – are...
19 February 2014
Melting Snow Coupled with Rain Raises Flooding Potential
US - Indiana homeowners can take advantage of the warming weather to reduce the chance of water damage from melting snow and ice as well as rain that is expected this week, a Purdue Extension...
18 February 2014
El Nino to Impact Americas, Australia, India, China this Summer
ANALYSIS – An El Nino weather event is forecast to develop which should create ideal growing crop conditions in the US, but drier weather is expected in Brazil, Australia, India and China,...
Study Assesses Environmental Impact of Ontario Corn Production
CANADA - Researchers at the University of Guelph examined the energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with corn production in Ontario....
14 February 2014
How Big is Carbon Footprint of Food Waste?
GLOBAL - The carbon footprint of worldwide food losses and food waste amounts to the equivalent of 3.3 giga tons of CO2 emissions....
Forage Aid Eases Unprecedented Flood Woes
UK – Forage aid initiatives are serving as a short term lifeline for farmers in the south of England after the wettest January since 1766 has submerged thousands of acres under water....
13 February 2014
BCPC Congress 2014: Precaution or Innovation?
UK - This year’s BCPC Congress is expected to attract a large and diverse representation from the European and international crop protection industry....
12 February 2014
Global Weather Extremes Show Food Security Should be Major Concern
UK - Extreme weather events like those experienced around the world in recent months have shown the importance of ensuring everything is done to protect agricultural land and enable farmers to...
10 February 2014
German Ag Census: Fewer Farms But More Are Organic
GERMANY - Average farm size is now 59 hectares, according to the provisional results of the latest agricultural census, writes Jackie Linden, 5m senior editor. ...
03 February 2014
HS2 Proposal 'Fails to Consider' Whether Farm Businesses Can Survive
UK - Consultation on Phase Two of the HS2 high-speed rail project has failed to consider the fundamental question of whether farming businesses will be sustainable through the disruption and...
29 January 2014
Bees: Colony Collapse Disorder Sweeps Across US
US - This week, beekeepers across the country are waking their hives from winter hibernation to pollinate blooming almond orchards in California. But many honeybees won’t buzz back to life...
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