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  • Agribusiness 2017 prepares for revolution

    ‘Driving today’s agricultural revolution’ will be the theme of Agribusiness 2017, the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) Annual Conference. The Conference will take place on November 23rd at the East of England Showground. John Kelley, AIC’s Chief Operating Officer said: “Agriculture, like many sectors of the UK and global economy, is going through a huge ...

  • April Flowers Bring May Birds – Protect Seeds Early

    The springtime is full of new life and regrowth, especially in the form of garden planting and crop harvesting. Unfortunately, spring garden planting is extremely enticing to pest birds and other animals that are in search of a reliable food source after a long winter. Read on to learn how you can ...


    By Avian Enterprises, LLC

  • Argus FMB East Europe Fertilizer 2016: Early Bird Discount Ends 8 April

    Argus FMB East Europe Fertilizer 2016 is taking place on 15-17 June, offers you the chance to join the only conference focused on fertilizer trade in East Europe. Register ...


    By Argus Media Ltd.

  • Insect-eating bats save global maize farmers €0.91 billion a year from crop damage

    Insect-eating bats are estimated to be worth US$ 1 billion (€0.91 billion) a year to maize farmers around the world, a new study has revealed. Not only do bats reduce crop damage by eating adult corn earworm crop pests, they also suppress fungal infections in maize ears. Bats and their habitats need to be better protected for their ecological and economic contributions, say the study’s ...

  • Countries Commit to Tackling Multiple Threats to Migratory Waterbirds

    22 resolutions, including action plans for highly threatened seabirds and guidelines for the sustainable use of waterbirds, were adopted at the Sixth Meeting of Parties (MOP6) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which concluded on Saturday at the United Nations Campus in Bonn. ...

  • Grassroots conservation efforts in Senegal receive international award

    The Association Inter-Villageoise (AIV Ndiaël) of northern Senegal was awarded the prestigious 2015 Conservation Award by the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) today. Vogelbescherming Nederland (BirdLife in The Netherlands) and Wetlands International have supported the work of AIV Ndiaël and were present at the award ceremony. AIV Ndiaël represents 32 communities and ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Protecting Europe`s nature: more ambition needed to halt biodiversity loss by 2020

    The mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy assesses whether the EU is on track to achieve the objective of halting biodiversity loss by 2020. The results show progress in many areas, but highlight the need for much greater effort to deliver commitments on implementation by Member States. Nature's capacity to clean the air ...

  • State fairs won`t press broiler industry`s bird flu luck

    The South is the heart of U.S. broiler chicken production and escaped the deadly bird flu virus that devastated flocks in the Midwest this spring. Autumn, however, brings the possibility that migrating wild birds will carry the virus to the lower half of the U.S. To try to keep bird flu at arm's length, a number of states are barring or limiting poultry shows and public sales, including those at ...


    By Associated Press

  • 1st restocked Iowa turkey farmer talks lessons from bird flu

    Thousands of small young turkeys ran around the barns on the Moline family farm Monday near Manson, the first Iowa farm to restock birds after a bird flu outbreak decimated flocks in the Midwest. Owner Brad Moline, who farms with his father and brother, said it's a sign the industry is turning the page on an outbreak in which about 48 million birds died from the virus or where euthanized to ...


    By Associated Press

  • USDA: Bird flu vaccine works on chickens; testing on turkeys

    Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that has tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it also protects turkeys, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on Wednesday. If it does, the agency plans to quickly license it for widespread production and is seeking funding from the Office of ...


    By Associated Press

  • Federal government to step up bird flu monitoring this fall

    The federal government announced plans Thursday to step up monitoring wild birds for avian influenza this fall to provide an early warning of any resurgence of a disease that devastated poultry farms in the Upper Midwest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a pair of plans aimed at minimizing the impacts on domestic poultry flocks if any bird flu viruses return or mutate in migrating ...


    By Associated Press

  • State of Nature: Largest ever assessment draws a mixed picture for Europe`s habitats and species

    The Commission has adopted a new report providing the most comprehensive picture yet on the ‘State of Nature in the EU’. The findings show that the majority of birds have a secure status, and some species and habitats are doing better. Targeted conservation actions have brought successes, but a much greater effort is required for the situation to improve significantly. Commissioner ...

  • The effects of agricultural land use change on farmland birds in Sweden

    The effects of changing agricultural practices on farmland birds are explored in a recently published study from Sweden. Overall abundance of 16 common species declined by 23% between 1994 and 2004, which may be partly caused by changes in land use, such as an increase in the amount of wheat cropland. However, effects vary between species, and some species increased or stayed stable in number. ...

  • Bird flu takes biggest toll yet as virus hits chicken farms

    Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in Iowa that held nearly 10 percent of the state's egg-laying chickens. Here are some questions and answers about the outbreak: WHAT'S THE LATEST? The U.S. Department of ...


    By Associated Press

  • Bird flu outbreak spreads to 3 more Midwest turkey farms

    A bird flu outbreak that has puzzled scientists spread to three more Midwest turkey farms, bringing the number of farms infected to 23 and raising the death toll to more than 1.2 million birds killed by the disease or by authorities scrambling to contain it. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed on Saturday that the H5N2 strain of avian influenza was found among 38,000 birds at a ...


    By Associated Press

  • Protected birds threatened by poisoned prey

    Rodents poisoned by pest control substances may pose a threat to protected birds if the carcasses are not removed quickly enough. A new study found that dead water voles on farmland were scavenged rapidly by red kites and buzzards, suggesting that regular removal is needed to reduce poisoning risks. Chemical poisons are often used to control rodent populations on farms, where the animals destroy ...

  • New avian influenza’s rapid spread to Europe threatens poultry sector especially in low-resourced countries

    A new bird flu strain detected in Europe which is similar to strains reported to be circulating in 2014 in Asia poses a significant threat to the poultry sector, especially in low-resourced countries situated along the Black Sea and East Atlantic migratory routes of wild birds, FAO and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) warned today. Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom ...

  • Q&A: Exploring South Asian food, water and energy links

    Ensuring food security while providing access to safe drinking water and energy for all remains a key challenge in South Asia — ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • CDC: Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak Not Over

    More than two months after declaring the outbreak appeared to be over, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported an additional 43 people sickened by strains of Salmonella linked to Foster Farms chicken – more than 500 people have reportedly been infected in total. Sixty percent of the tested Salmonella taken from outbreak patients has been resistant to at least one ...

  • Ethanol`s rise can mean loss of hunting lands

    Pheasants once drew hundreds of weekend hunters to Fairbury, Neb., each fall, filling the 45 rooms at Randy Brown's Capri Motel with sportsmen eager to bag their limits. But times have changed. The native grasslands and milo crops that used to dot surrounding Jefferson County have been overtaken by corn and soy crops. Neither provides the shelter that wildlife once enjoyed. This year's opener ...


    By Associated Press

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