Farming Practices Articles

  • What makes farmers try new practices?

    Change is never easy. But when it comes to adopting new agricultural practices, some farmers are easier to convince than others. A group of researchers at the University of Illinois wanted to know which farmers are most likely to adopt multifunctional perennial cropping systems -- trees, shrubs, or grasses that simultaneously benefit the environment and generate high-value products ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Assessment of groundwater vulnerability to nitrate pollution caused by agricultural practices

    Environmental risk assessment is a step towards identification, analysis, and classification of risk factors and thus reduction of the possibility of adverse consequences. In this research, a novel approach for environmental risk assessment on groundwater pollution is applied. By combination of aquifer vulnerability DRASTIC map, pollution severity and prioritizing of the plain regions by the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Sustainable Farm Practices for Rice Farming

    Rice is the third-largest crop production, after sugarcane and maize. The main producers of rice are the nations of China, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Vietnam. Rice is a staple crop. More than half the people in the world, about 3.5 billion people, rely on its production. Not only is rice a key source of food but it is also good source of income for many smallholder farmers. The Challenges ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Are Conventional Farmers Becoming Interested in Organic Practices?

    Despite the fact that farming is one of the most important human activities that brings food to our tables, it contributes significantly to global pollution. Unsustainable farm practices result in the loss of biodiversity, climate changes, erosion, and the pollution of soil and water. However, when managed in a sustainable way, farming can be a source of solutions for future demands. Organic ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • The Best Practices for Using Plant Residues

    Plant residue are crop materials such as stems, leaves, and roots, that are left on the field after the harvest. In the past, farmers considered crop residue to be trash, that was usually destroyed by fire. However, today this practice is not recommended and highly is not used by farmers. There are two different ways to manage crop residues. The first method is tillage prior planting when plant ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Opportunities to Generate Cash Flow for Family Forests Using Conservation Payments

    There has been significant discussion about the merits of stacking conservation payments over the past few years. A simple explanation for credit stacking is when landowners are paid for conservation practices on their property that provide multiple benefits to the environment. Examples of credits types that might be stacked include: endangered species, water quality, wetlands, and carbon. ...


    By The Climate Trust

  • Sustainability requires that we learn to embrace change, not fight it

    Instead of engineering nature into standardized systems of production, we should look for ways to integrate our lifestyles within the cycles of the world around us. Limits to growth are a fundamental and widely accepted principle of sustainability. You might even call them the first law of sustainability. Nevertheless, as ecological economist Richard Norgaard ...


    By Ensia

  • If a tree falls in the supply chain

    Forests provide habitat for over half of the world’s terrestrial plant and animal species, mitigate climate change by sequestering carbon, and contribute the livelihoods of more than 1 billion people around the world. But they’re rapidly disappearing: 13 million acres of forests have been leveled each year over the past decade, largely due to the global demand for beef, palm oil, ...


    By Ensia

  • Glyphosate-based herbicides on weeds management and maize performance under conservation agriculture practices in eastern Kenya

    A three-season research study was conducted at Embu Agricultural Research Station farm to determine the effect of glyphosate-based herbicides on weeds management and maize ( Zea mays L. ) performance under zero-tillage conservation agriculture practice. Glyphosate herbicide sprays were prepared from Roundup Turbo product at the rate of 2.5 L ha –1 and Roundup Weathermax at 1.5, 2.5 ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • New Small Grants Fund Can Help Civil Society Groups Combat Deforestation

    With the launch of Global Forest Watch (GFW), anyone with an internet connection can now access troves of timely, high-quality information about where, when, and why forests are changing worldwide. The free, online monitoring system ...

  • Warsaw Climate Meeting Makes Progress on Forests, REDD+

    For most observers, the outcomes of this year’s climate negotiations in Warsaw, Poland COP 19 were an inadequate response to climate change. But there was one bright spot— negotiators made big advances on a program called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation ( ...

  • Green Roofs are Growing

    Standards from ASTM International Committee E60 on Sustainability guide work on vegetative green roofs. Walking south along Michigan Ave. from the Chicago River, a first-time visitor might take in the green vistas of Millenium Park sprawling eastward toward the great lake with no hint that the park itself is a green roof. It covers ...


    By ASTM International

  • Putting community resilience into practice - Initial lessons learned

    Partners for Resilience (PfR) is a collaboration of CARE Nederland, Cordaid, the Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC), the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, Wetlands International and 30 civil society partners in the global South. It is one of the biggest programmes of its kind in the world, working on ecosystem-based and climate-smart disaster risk reduction (DRR) in nine countries (see map below), ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Paths to developing multifunctional agriculture: insights for rural development policies

    The paper proposes to contribute to the growing literature on the practise and significance of multifunctional agriculture, drawing on an empirical study of 50 farms located in Central Italy and Sicily. The paper intends, in particular, to identify and analyse the ways that multifunctionality can be translated into rural development models, and to distinguish the territorial and farm features ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Safeguarding forests and People: A framework for designing a national system to implement REDD+ safeguards

    Background Around the world, members of governments, civil society, and the private sector are grappling with how to design and implement initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by slowing, halting, and reversing forest loss. These efforts have been spurred at least in part by the agreements onlong-term cooperative action (LCA) that Parties to the United Nations Framework ...

  • Rural communities and protected area management in the Mount Cameroon Region of West Africa

    This study is aimed at highlighting aspects of the management of protected areas within rural communities in the Mount Cameroon Region of West Africa. The region is characterised by rapid exploration of the natural forest through illegal practices of poaching. This has led to the rapid extinction of animals such as the drills. This has been a major problem as it impedes sustainable forest ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Wildlife and recreational organisations discursive strategies and the redefinition of Quebec's forest regime

    The popularity of outdoor activities gave rise to a new group of stakeholders interested in forestry practices: wildlife organisations. Our case study of the commission on the sustainability of public forest management in Quebec illustrates how wildlife stakeholders used a public participation process to gain recognition. Those organisations formed an alliance with environmental groups and made a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Good Agricultural Practice in the United States: Conservation and Climate

    Keywords: Good agricultural practice, conservation compliance, conservation incentives, land retirement, working land, sustainable agriculture, US agricultural policy, climate change and agriculture Abstract: Agriculture depends on the environment for production of food and fibre, yet agricultural activities may emit harmful pollutants. US law and policy encourage ...


  • `Good Agricultural Practices’ in the Agri-food Supply Chain

    Keywords: Voluntary private standard schemes, food quality, food safety, ethical production, environmental standards, SPS Agreement, TBT Agreement, market entry barriers, product liability. Abstract: Criteria defining 'good agricultural practice' (GAP) were originally developed for on-farm production methods and resource use. For a decade, GAP principles have been applied ...


  • Governance of forests initiative indicator framework (Version 1)

    Competing demands for food, fuel and profit are driving the loss and degradation of the world’s remaining forests. Governments, the private sector, and citizens are struggling to manage the conflicts between these priorities. The Governance of Forests Initiative (GFI) seeks to bring widely accepted principles of good governance to bear on the challenges of sustaining forests in developing ...

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