Farming Practices News

  • The dirty dozen - food you should always buy organic

    Intensive farming is a common practice among farmers aiming to produce more food for the growing population. Intensive farming maximizes yields through various means such as heavy use of pesticides which tend to be used untimely, in too many applications and in too high of a dosage. Although the use of pesticides has its benefits, such as controlling or killing potential disease-causing organisms ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • New tool opens world of climate finance to dairy sector

    The dairy sector will soon be able to participate in international carbon credit markets thanks to a new methodology that lets farmers and project designers reliably document how they are reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions - a step that will open up new sources of finance for the livestock industry and help promote investment in smallholder operations. FAO's new  ...

  • The Forest Products Association of Canada and the Canadian Wood Council bullfrogpower Head Offices as part of “30 by 30” Climate Challenge

    Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, is announcing a new partnership that will see both the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) choose 100 per cent green electricity and 100 per cent green natural gas for their head offices in Ottawa. The commitment, announced in conjunction with the industry’s National Forest ...


    By Bullfrog Power Inc.

  • GODAN Action - Enabling practical engagement with open data in agriculture and nutrition

    As the world’s population grows, global demand for food is predicted to nearly double. The number of people at risk of hunger in the developing world is estimated to grow to more than a billion people by 2050. New data-driven solutions in agriculture and nutrition are increasingly being seen as a way to tackle this challenge. GODAN Action is a three-and-a-half-year programme led by Alterra ...

  • Worst haze for 20 years hits the Philippines

    The Philippines is on high alert as a thickening haze from Indonesian forest fires has reached its southern and central islands, causing flight cancellations and health warnings. Weather officials say monsoon winds, combined with wind patterns created by Typhoon Koppu, which recently hammered the northern island of Luzon, could be causing the “smaze” – smoke and haze -- to drift ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Flood risk from modern agricultural practices can be mitigated with interventions

    In the face of substantial evidence that modern land use management practices have increased runoff at the local scale, a new study reveals changes in local land use management practices can reduce the risk of local flooding. However, there is little evidence so far that these local increases in runoff culminate in large-scale flooding effects. To address this lack of evidence, the researchers ...

  • EPA publishes Farmworker Protection Standard Final Rule

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it will issue in the Federal Register on November 2, 2015, the final rule revising the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Worker Protection Standard (WPS). EPA previously announced these revisions on September 28, 2015, and stated that it would issue the final rule in the Federal ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • EPA and USDA Join Private Sector, Charitable Organizations to Set Nation’s First Goals to Reduce Wasted Food

    Today, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the United States’ first-ever national food waste reduction goal, calling for a 50-percent reduction by 2030. As part of the effort, the federal government will lead a new partnership with charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, the private sector and local, state and ...

  • ABIH® LinkedIn Group Celebrates 725+ Members & Growing

    Earlier this month, the American Board of Industrial Hygiene’s LinkedIn group reached a new milestone with its 725th member.  The LinkedIn group, launched in late 2012, has been growing at a steady rate as more Certified Industrial Hygienists and the greater industrial hygiene community turn to social media for news, updates and information.   Social media has ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Bee and wasp extinctions in UK driven by historical agricultural changes

    Changes in agricultural policy and practice, such as increased intensification and fertiliser use, are responsible for many historical extinctions of pollinator populations in the UK, suggests new research. The study looked at bee and wasp extinction rates in relation to agricultural practices since the mid-19th century. The pollination services provided by insects, such as bees and ...

  • APP struggles to meet commitment on peat-friendly pulpwood

    Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), the biggest pulp and paper company in Indonesia, celebrates its 2-year anniversary of it Forest Conservation Plan today. APP has eliminated the use of natural forest fiber in its entire supply chain ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Working Together for the Development of Sustainable Forest Management in the Mediterranean Basin

    The development and extension of sustainable “Mediterranean forest” management is set to be the focus of a new collaboration between PEFC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, and MENFRI, the Mediterranean Network of Forestry Research and Innovation. At last year’s PEFC Forest Certification Week ...


    By PEFC International

  • Organic Farming not Necessarily Best for Environment

    Speaking to The Guardian this week, Lord Krebs, an advisor to ministers on how to adapt to climate change, described how organic farming could actually be worse for the climate than conventional farming methods, due to the greater land use required and the methods implemented. Speaking to the Oxford Farming Conference he suggested that agricultural methods known as ‘no till’, which ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • USDA Awards Over $52 million in Grants to Grow Organic and Local Food Economies

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the award of over $52 million in support of the growing organic industry and local and regional food systems through five U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant programs. The Secretary made the announcement during an event with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and local farmers at the Virginia State Fair. ...

  • B.C. Salmon Farmers grow sustainability efforts to meet demand

    B.C. salmon farmers are celebrating Aquaculture Awareness Week, September 21 – 27, by reaffirming their commitment to sustainability. By 2020, B.C. aims to be the first region in the world to be certified by ‘Gold Standard’ environmental programs, which includes having all farm-raised Atlantic salmon certified to the standards set out by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council ...


    By Salmon Farmers Association

  • Catchment Management to Support Livelihoods and Peace in North Darfur

    Over the past half-century, Sudan's Darfur region has experienced rapid population growth, periodic drought and, since 2003, a cycle of conflict that has displaced over two million people from their villages, many of whom now live in Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps near the towns- putting pressure on the region's natural environment as people concentrate and compete for finite resources. ...

  • ABIH’s LinkedIn Group Celebrates 500 Members & Growing

    Earlier this month, the American Board of Industrial Hygiene’s LinkedIn group reached a new milestone with its 500th member.  The LinkedIn group, launched in late 2012, has been growing at a steady rate as more Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs) and the greater industrial hygiene community turn to social media for news and information.   ...

  • Report On the Dairy Market and the `Milk Package`

    The European Commission has today published a report on the development of the dairy market situation and the operation of the 2012 "Milk Package". It describes the rather positive outlook for the dairy market, takes stock of the implementation of the provisions and possibilities of the "Milk Package" and outlines further considerations ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Haiti`s World Environment Day

    A transformative UNEP field project in Haiti - aimed at establishing sustainable economic opportunities in agroforestry and reducing threats to Haiti's last remaining primary forests, the Macaya National Park - will be an additional priority for UNEP in Haiti, announced UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner as he toured the country with President Michel Joseph ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Canada Governments Support Agriculture Processors

    Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced $6.3 million to help 14 companies increase productivity, competitiveness and efficiency. Funding will be provided over two years through the Saskatchewan Lean Improvements in Manufacturing (SLIM) program. “Achieving greater efficiencies is critical to a business’ success,” said ...

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