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  • What’s Happening to the Birds?

    Following in Rachel Carson’s footsteps, a new generation of scientists investigates a new generation of pesticides. Christy Morrissey is driving her white pickup truck along Canada’s endless prairie highway, windows open, listening for birds. She points to the scatter of ponds glinting in the landscape, nestled among fields of canola that stretch as far as the eye ...


    By Ensia

  • Wolf, bird and bread!

    Eyüp Yüksel was relaxing in Ankara on a warm autumn day in 2000, drinking tea from a traditional glass cup, when he heard the news that Tuz Gölü — Lake Tuz or Salt Lake — had been declared a protected area. As one of the staff of the Turkish Environmental Protection Agency for Special Areas (EPASA) he had been waiting and hoping for this decision but he was still ...

  • Focal bird species and risk assessment approach for non‐agricultural grassland scenarios in Central Europe

    The European Food Safety Authority guideline on risk assessment identifies pesticide exposure scenarios for non‐target wildlife, however this scheme is not applicable to non‐agricultural grassland. For example, different habitats and human utilisation on golf courses attract bird communities that differ from those found in agricultural fields with annual crop cycles. The present study ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Focal species of birds in European crops for higher tier pesticide risk assessment

    Focal species have been defined by European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as real species that represent others in a crop resulting from their potential higher level of exposure to pesticides. As such they are the most appropriate species for refining estimates of exposure further, through for example radio‐tracking and dietary studies. Plant Protection Product manufactures collectively ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Talking turkey: How bird flu outbreaks are playing out

    A deadly strain of bird flu has reached the Midwest, killing or requiring hundreds of thousands of turkeys to be euthanized. Some questions and answers about the outbreak: WHAT KIND OF FLU IS THIS, EXACTLY? H5N2 is a highly contagious virus that kills commercial poultry quickly once it gets into a barn. It can spread through an infected bird's droppings or nasal discharges - yes, ...


    By Associated Press

  • Opinion: Greening European Agriculture Policy – A Step Forward?

    The long-awaited resolution of the deadlock over the future of European farm subsidies appears to be in sight. After lengthy and tortuous discussions, the European Commission, Council and European Parliament reached a political agreement on 26 June 2013 setting out the main parameters for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) from 2015.1 These are based, in large part, on proposals ...


  • Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir A-1 Management of Runoff for Everglades Restoration and Agricultural Irrigation

    THE PROBLEMIncreased development in central and south Florida has altered the natural drainage pattern of the Florida Everglades National Park (Everglades). This alteration has resulted in excess water during the wet season and insufficient water flowing through the ecosystem during the dry season, increased water supply demands, degrading water quality, and declining estuary health and wading ...

  • Acute Toxicity of the Synthetic Pyrethroid Deltamethrin to Fingerling European Catfish, Silurus glanis L.

    The wide use of synthetic pesticides is increasing worldwide pollution risk. The synthetic pyrethroids are among the most potent and effective insecticides available (moore and Waring 2001), accounting for more than 30% of the world market in insecticides. The low toxicity of pyrethroid insecticides to mammals and birds and their limited soil persistence has encouraged the widespread and ...


    By Springer

  • StealthNet and OvoControl: A one-two Punch

    A large steel farm building that houses a university’s agricultural animals had a serious problem. Though there is a roof, two of the sides are wide open, and the roof’s open beam structure provided thousands of feet of perching surfaces for pigeons. StealthNet to the Rescue Bird ...


    By Bird Barrier

  • Dutch Farmers Find It Pays To Manage Poultry Manure

    Poultry farmers in Holland face challenges similar to their North American counterparts in dealing with manure from concentrated operations where there is insufficient cropland for application. This creates a need for exporting manure from the producing farm to users in other places. Poultry operations in Holland differ from most North American poultry farms in that most are not vertically ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Poultry Farm Pioneers Low-Rate Composting

    Tony Pastore, Sr. started Park Farms in Canton, Ohio decades ago to process and market chickens. In 1989, it was decided that instead of buying chickens from other producers, a new venture would be launched to raise chickens directly for Park Farms. This led to the formation of A & J Farms, a 1,900-acre operation that contains 14 separately operating chicken farms. Each sub-farm has up to ten ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Earth out of sync rising temperatures throwing off seasonal timing

    A newly hatched chick waits with hungry mouth agape for a parent to deliver its first meal. A crocus peaks up through the snow. Rivers flow swiftly as ice breaks up and snows melt. Sleepy mammals emerge from hibernation, and early frog songs penetrate the night. Spring awakening has long provided fodder for poets, artists, and almanac writers. Even for a notoriously fickle time of sunshine, ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Coming home to roost!

    The Pannonian biogeographical region is one of nine regions of Europe included in the EU Habitats Directive. It stretches from south of Timisoara along the Romanian West Plain to the Hungarian.Ukranian border in the east across Hungary to the border with Austria in the west including the southern edge of the Slovak Republic and the south-east corner of the Czech Republic to the north. The full ...

  • Take action to stop Chinese chicken imports

    In August of 2013 the New York Times reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave the green light to four Chinese poultry processors to ship processed poultry to the United States. The move was aimed to only ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • Waist Deep in Mud

    Mangrove ecosystems are by definition muddy. Land and sea animals happily live and reproduce in these coastal forests, but such muddy conditions can present a bit of challenge for researchers. After seven years (mid 2003 to early 2010) carrying out various mangrove-related research activities in the Berau Delta in the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan, I know from experience that the ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Main Applications of Truck Mounted ULV Fogger

    A fogger is a machine which distributes chemicals such as insecticide or disinfectant into an area by means of a fine spray for killing insects and other arthropods. They are often used by consumers as a low-cost alternative to professional pest control services. The number of fogger needed for pest control depends on the size of the space needed to treat. There are different types of ...

  • Prepare Your Sprayer for Storage Now to Avoid Costly Problems in Spring

    Growers — extra care for your sprayer now can save time and money later. So says Erdal Ozkan, an engineer and spray technology expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Ozkan, who is an agricultural engineering professor who also has appointments with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Agroforestry Mitigates Climate Change

    Climate changes, as one of the biggest threats to a global food security, highly influence natural resources that are essential for crop production. Farming is not only affected by the impact of climate changes, but it’s also a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. Intensive farm practices that include both farm production and change of land use, directly affect the ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Analysis of Selected Herbicides And Related Metabolites in a Coastal Lagoon Under The Influence of Water Runoff: Water Column

    Anthropogenic release of chemical contaminants, in particular pesticides coming from agricultural areas, significantly impacts European aquatic ecosystems. Pesticides and herbicides used in common agricultural practices, are applied only during specific periods of the year, leading to significant seasonal peak concentrations in fresh and coastal waters, particularly in spring after heavy rainfall ...


  • Boost grain preservation before production

    Better grain storage would save money and feed over a billion, says Digvir S. Jayas. It deserves more attention. Annually over 2.6 billion tonnes of grains — cereals, oilseeds and pulses — are grown and then stored along the chain from producers to consumers. Most countries do not systematically report how much grain becomes unfit for human consumption during storage, but ...


    By SciDev.Net

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