Sustainable Agriculture Articles

  • From the Executive Director: Community, Respect for Nature Crucial to Successful Farming, Author Says

    What book is on your nightstand? I just started “Wildly Successful Farming: Sustainability and the New Agricultural Land Ethic,” by Brian DeVore, who was the guest speaker as SFA Central Chapter held its annual meeting this past Saturday in Little Falls. At the meeting, Brian shared snippets featuring area farmers who prioritize soil health and sustainable farming practices. You may ...

  • The future of grow light technology

    The vision, to create a lighting system so intelligent, it communicates with the plant. Allowing growers to enhance, adjust or suppress certain characteristics of the plant. Basic requirements met will usually end with a healthy harvest. A plant that's communicating and working with its environment will grow into its full and desired potential. Thats right, communicating with plants is not just ...

  • Disc and Drum Mower Blades: Blade Safety Case Study

    When in the process of operating most types of agricultural harvesting equipment, the safety of the operator, as well as bystanders, must be of utmost importance. This is especially true for disc and drum agricultural mowing equipment. Disc and drum mowers cut the crop in preparation for harvest utilizing the “blade impact” method—similar to how a lawn mower blade cuts the grass ...


    By Kondex Corporation

  • Adaptation and mitigation of climate change in vegetable cultivation: a review

    Climate change is an unavoidable phenomenon of natural and anthropogenic origin against which mitigation and adaptation are required to reduce the magnitude of impact and vulnerability, to avoid risk in vegetable farming and to ensure sustainable livelihoods of the agricultural community. Genetic improvement of vegetable crops is an appropriate adaptation strategy to cope with climate change ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Fish Farms - Inspections below the surface

    Fish farms are tackling the increased demand for aquatic food, while underwater drones are tackling regular and ongoing inspections to ensure fish health and the integrity of the enclosures. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, by the year 2050, there will be nearly 2 billion more humans populating the earth. Meaning that we will need to produce ...


    By Deep Trekker Inc.

  • How `open source` seed producers from the U.S. to India are changing global food production

    Around the world, plant breeders are resisting what they see as corporate control of the food supply by making seeds available for other breeders to use. Frank Morton has been breeding lettuce since the 1980s. His company offers 114 varieties, among them Outredgeous, which last year became the first plant that ...


    By Ensia

  • China: agricultural production and groundwater

    As in many parts of the People’s Republic of China, Shanxi Province is experiencing reduced water security for the agriculture sector. Changing climate conditions, including reduced rainfall, are increasing reliance on groundwater resources in the province. Unsustainable groundwater use for food production intensifies the impacts of climate change, and cost-effective adaptation responses ...

  • Salinization/sodification of soil and physiological dynamics of sunflower irrigated with saline–sodic water amending by potassium and farm yard manure

    Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) plants were grown with saline–sodic water (SSW) by treating with potassium (K @ 100 and 200 mg K2O kg−1 soil) and farm yard manure (FYM @ 5 and 10% of soil, w/w). Irrigation with untreated SSW caused soil salinization/sodification, leading to an increase in electrical conductivity (EC) of 165% and sodium adsorption ratio (SAR) 100% with ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • What is it about this soil that protects plants from devastating disease?

    Figuring out why certain soils keep plant parasites at bay could be a boon for agriculture around the globe Plants around the world are constantly under attack — often with big implications for humans. In the 1960s, millions of elm trees in Britain, France and the U.S. fell victim to Dutch elm disease, which clogs the vessels that carry life-giving water to the trees’ leaves. ...


    By Ensia

  • Bi-On, a product suitable for use in organic agriculture

    Bi-On, a product suitable for use in organic farming Ecological, organic or biological agriculture is a cultivation system based on the optimum use of natural resources without using synthetic chemicals or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), thus being able to produce organic foods, as well as preserving the fertility of the soil and respecting the environment. All this in a ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • Composting Roundup

    Johnson City, Tennessee: School Teacher Launches Composting Site Joe Hoffman, a high school science teacher, recently opened Hoffman Composting, located on the outskirts of Johnson City. The site is fully permitted by the State of Tennessee to accept food waste. Hoffman’s background is in sustainable agriculture, having received a degree in Agronomy-International Agriculture and ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • How three U.S. mini-farms are sowing the seeds of global food security

    Tiny, biointensive operations show smallholder farmers from around the world how they can grow far more food than conventional approaches. Her face shaded by a wide-brimmed straw hat, Olawumi Benedict is cheerfully tending to her “little babies” — kale seedlings growing in shallow wooden flats until they’re hardy enough for transplantation into soil beds. Three miles over ...


    By Ensia

  • The developing world is awash in pesticides. Does it have to be?

    Herbicides, insecticides and fungicides threaten the environment and human health in many parts of the world. But research is pointing to a better approach. In today’s globalized world, it is not inconceivable that one might drink coffee from Colombia in the morning, munch cashews from Vietnam for lunch and gobble grains from Ethiopia for dinner. That we can enjoy these ...


    By Ensia

  • A call to conserve crops’ wild cousins

    Wild cousins aren’t always appreciated at family gatherings. But when it comes to crops, the opposite is often true: Plant breeding has historically relied on genes from plants growing in the wild as a source of diversity that can be introduced into crop plants to produce new crop varieties that are more resilient, nutritious and productive than those currently cultivated. As human ...


    By Ensia

  • RainWise and Weather Underground provide comprehensive weather solutions for Brazilian agriculture summitt - Case Study

    RainWise and Weather Underground – Industry Pioneers RainWise is a leading global manufacturer of reference-grade, innovative meteorological measurement and monitoring solutions for professional, industrial, consumer and custom applications. In business for over ...


    By RainWise Inc.

  • The newest strategy for saving bees is really, really old

    With pollinators in decline around the world, conservationists turn to traditional farmers for answers. In northwestern India, the Himalaya Mountains rise sharply out of pine and cedar forests. The foothills of the Kullu Valley are blanketed with apple trees beginning to bloom. It’s a cool spring morning, and Lihat Ram, a farmer in Nashala village, shows me a ...


    By Ensia

  • CRISPR is coming to agriculture — with big implications for food, farmers, consumers and nature

    Gene editing offers dramatic advances in speed, scope and scale of genetic improvement. It also offers an opportunity for more nuanced GMO governance. Very few technologies truly merit the epithet “game changer” — but a new genetic engineering tool known as CRISPR-Cas9 is one of them. Since we first developed the ability to alter the genetic material inside a plant or animal in ...


    By Ensia

  • Development of a regionally sensitive water‐productivity indicator to identify sustainable practices for sugarcane growers

    Standards that credibly and effectively certify sustainable commodity production are important to both producers and consumers. Agriculture is the dominant user of water worldwide, so water sustainability in agriculture is an area of particular interest. In conjunction with Bonsucro, a sustainability standard setting body for the sugarcane sector, an indicator was developed to ensure that ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Sustainable Soil Health

    “A Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt. We have learned some harsh lessons about how to treat our soil. While most of us are aware of the problems of the past, some agricultural operations in the world are not heeding those lessons. We all know that healthy soil is essential to feed the ever-increasing ...

  • Climate Smart Agriculture: Zambia’s Strategy to Reduce Emissions

    The agricultural sector is believed to be the backbone of the Zambian economy thereby alleviating problems associated with poverty and food security. The development of the sector is viewed as one sustainable way of economic growth and ‘Eradicating Extreme Poverty and Hunger’ which is goal number one of the Millennium Development Goals (UN, 2000). The sector contributes to the growth ...


    By TractorExport

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