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  • The need for a professional network of agricultural and biosystems engineers in Africa

    Agricultural productivity in Africa remains the lowest in the world, but recent concerns about food insecurity, rising food prices and resource depletion have spurred world–wide interest about the role of African agriculture in feeding Africa and the world. Majority of world's uncultivated agricultural land is in Africa, yet the capacity to harness this resource remains limited due partly ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Local governance systems and smallholder cooperatives in Ethiopia

    There is ample evidence to suggest that improving the on-farm productivity of small-scale farmers and integrating them into commercial markets is a promising strategy for alleviating poverty and leveraging agriculture as an engine of wider economic growth. Yet, persistent market failures in large parts of sub-Saharan Africa have limited the impact of this strategy. As a result, there is ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Governing technology and economic growth

    Good governance in Africa is not possible without a sound scientific basis for decision making. African governments are in constant need of scientific and technical advice on issues such as energy policy, disease control and environmental management. Furthermore, a sound economy that supports growth and development must draw on science and technology. Africa is faced with a set of specific ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The socio–economic impacts of currently commercialised genetically engineered crops

    A substantial and growing body of literature now exists on the socio–economic impacts of genetically engineered (GE) crops. While the bulk of literature has focused on the primary impacts of commercialised GE technology, in terms of changes in yields, costs and profitability, researchers have increasingly addressed a range of additional questions such as the distribution of impacts across groups, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Highest approval level

    After a detailed and complex inspection, atech innovations gmbh received the 3-A-symbol authorization. This quality label is evidence of the highest approval level under food and drug regulations worldwide. The approval covers atech's ceramic membranes as well as the stainless steel modules housing the membranes. The standards to be met for this much sought-after certification are laid ...


    By atech innovations gmbh

  • Agricultural Knives: Thermal Spray Case Study II

    Recently, Kondex was faced with a field testing requirement that the OEM was unable to execute for cost reasons, though it was critical to our ability to supply thermal sprayed cutting components for its combine harvester. A great deal of scrutiny is placed on cutting components utilizing thermal spray hardfacing; if the hardfacing process is not carried out properly, the cutting edge will lose ...


    By Kondex Corporation

  • Performance evaluation of irrigation network using fuzzy multicriterion group decision making technique

    Present paper discusses applicability of fuzzy multicriterion decision making (MCDM) technique, namely, interval valued fuzzy TOPSIS (IVFT) for selection of suitable irrigation subsystems among 30 such subsystems of Khadakwasla Irrigation Project, India. Five performance evaluations related criterion, namely, participation and cooperation, effective water availability, conjunctive use, economic ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Why Visit T-T?

    Here are some of things you might be interested in when visiting T-T. A T-T Tour With a tour around our offices you can get an introduction to each department, putting a face to those who you might often speak to over the phone. Whether you’re interested in controls, valves, pumps, pumping stations, T-T service or T-T as a whole, say hello to our team here at T-T to get a ...


    By T-T Pumps Ltd.

  • Can drip irrigation keep the Prairie Profitable?

    The use of flood and center pivot irrigation of crops via the waters of the Ogallala Aquifer is as hot a discussion topic as the current drought. To many who mine the aquifer to make a living, trying to keep a profitable way of life sustainable in a time when the broader public is seeking more conservation of resources yet wanting inexpensive, plentiful and safe food is problematic. Perhaps it's ...


    By Netafim USA

  • Balancing Agricultural, Urban, and Environmental Water Needs in Water Resources

    The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) – San Antonio Water System (SAWS) Water Project is a plan to conserve water, develop groundwater, and capture excess and unused river flows to meet future water needs for two neighboring regions in Texas. Agricultural and other rural water needs would be met on a more reliable basis in the lower Colorado River basin through water conservation, surface ...

  • Top Tips to Save Money, Use Sprayer Efficiently

    Using clean water when calibrating a pesticide sprayer and carrying extra nozzles for quick repair of simple problems in the field are just some of the tricks of the trade that can help growers save time, energy and money during spraying season, says a spray technology expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Because there are so many ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Farm digester evolution in Vermont

    In the fall of 2012, Brian Jones of Joneslan Farm in Hyde Park, Vermont spread the first load of manure that had gone through the farm’s new anaerobic digester. “It didn’t smell at all,” recalls Jones. “And we’ve been told that the nitrogen in the digested manure is more available to the plants we grow.” When the Joneslan Farm digester went on line in ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Current research projects

    Phosphorus availability as influenced by organic residues in five calcareous soilsInvestigator: Mohsen Jalali, Department of Soil Science, College of Agriculture, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamadan, IranObjectives: To investigate the effect of time and organic residue addition on P availability in some calcareous soils. The use of organic residue is appropriate in maintaining long-term ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Risk as narrative value: a theoretical framework for facilitating the biotechnology debate

    Maintaining the global public good character of agricultural biotechnology requires the blending of many different values. Sometimes, however, there are large gaps between the values held by different stakeholder groups. Furthermore, there is a contradiction between what people say they value, and how they actually behave. Articulating and overcoming gaps and contradictions is key to reducing ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • How to Find a Reliable Metal Fabricator in MN

    Metal fabrication is an essential part of production across several MN industries, including: agriculture, food processing, chemical production, and manufacturing. Astro Engineering & Manufacturing aims to provide lean, efficient, and reliable metal fabrication services across many different industries throughout the state. Here are just a few of the things we can provide for your ...

  • Compost Utilization goes Through the Roof

    Untitled Document Center for Green Roof Research at Penn State University uses compost in its media studies and plans to explore microbial communities. AT the Penn State ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • 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

  • Arsenic in irrigated paddy soils

    Natural arsenic pollution of drinking water has been reported from over 70 countries world-wide, affecting an estimated 150 million people (Ravenscroft et. al., 2008). About 50 million of these people live in Bangladesh, 30 million in India and 33 million in six other countries of south and south-east Asia. It has recently been recognised that arsenic-contaminated groundwater used for irrigation ...

  • Better photosynthesis for a better world?

    There’s no question that plants are better than most other life forms at converting carbon dioxide and sunlight into the sugars that form the basis of our global food web — and eventually, humans’ entire food supply. But fact of the matter is, with conversion rates hovering around 2 percent for our best crop fields, they’re by no means great. Even a slight increase in the ...


    By Ensia

  • 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

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