farming operation productivity Articles

  • Disposal Company Expands Composting Operations

    Since 1997, Texas Disposal Systems, Inc. (TDS) - an independently owned solid waste company located near Austin, Texas - has operated a composting division, Texas Organic Products (TOP). In our previous BioCycle report ( -Composting Is Alive and Well In Central Texas, - October, 1997), we described how TOP evolved after starting an initial grinding and static pile composting operation at our ...


    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

  • Operator Strategies : Sorting Out the Plastic

    BETTER BUGS Ideas and products in the Better Bugs category attempt to affect the biological components and biochemistry of processes by altering the mix of microorganisms or enzymes present. After all, biology is the foundation of many, if not most, organics recycling systems. Pyrophiles: The first example of Better Bugs involves pyrophilic organisms, bugs that can take the heat. This example is ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • JM Farm Pond Water Case Study

    JM Farms, located in Kentucky, had been experiencing significant buildup of biofilm and slime in the water system. The biofilm and slime buildup led to water with a poor taste and odor, decreased water and feed consumption, longer flock cycles and fewer-than-expected head sold, which resulted lower revenue for the farm. Understanding the impact that better treated water can have on the key ...

  • The Use of Ozone as a Disinfectant in Fish Hatcheries and Fish Farms

    The ever increasing load on the environment calls for more intensive measures to maintain the natural equilibrium. This is especially the case when it comes to the different life forms in rivers and lakes. In order to maintain indigenous fish populations it has become necessary in many countries to introduce stocking programs for coarse fish in addition to the ever increasing activities involving ...

  • Cost-Benefit Analyses: Exploring the Economics of On-Farm Composting

    When exploring the merits of on-farm composting, the question most often raised is: What are the economics? How do the savings or revenues from on-farm composting compare to the costs? Of course, the answer is the ever present “it depends.” Expenses, resources, revenue opportunities, environmental constraints and circumstances vary greatly from one farm to the next. Most people would agree that ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Towards sustainable food and farming systems in industrialised countries

    Economic systems at all levels rely for their success on the value of services flowing from the stock of total assets which comprise five types of capital: natural, social, human, physical and financial. Sustainable systems accumulate stocks of these five assets, so increasing the capital base over time. But unsustainable systems deplete or run down capital, spending assets as if they were income ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Wireless valve control – a ‘perfect fit’ for tank farm automation

    During construction, MMLP decided to upgrade and introduce the capability to handle a second product. This necessitated the requirement of isolating the tanks to avoid cross-contamination. To achieve this, MMLP chose Rotork’s electric valve actuation system under centralised control. The Rotork system incorporates all appropriate interlocks which safeguard the integrity of the terminal ...


    By Rotork plc

  • Urban farming is booming, but what does it really yield?

    City-based agriculture produces 15 to 20 percent of food globally. In the U.S., its benefits go far beyond nutrition. This story was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, a non-profit investigative news organization. ...


    By Ensia

  • Shrimp farming: Why prevention is better than medicine

    Disease challenges that have affected a number of key shrimp production regions around the world in recent years have increased the focus on producing healthier and more robust stocks. In addition to establishing very strict sanitary requirements, many shrimp farmers have sought new health-specific diets across the shrimp lifecycle that progress growth and reduce bacterial challenges. Some, ...


    By Skretting - Nutreco Group

  • Credit constraints and smallholder maize production in Ghana

    The study examined constraints influencing farmers’ access to credit and the effect that credit has on maize productivity, using the endogenous switching regression approach with survey data collected from 595 maize farmers in the Ashanti and BrongAhafo Regions of Ghana. The study revealed that credit constraint has a dampening effect on input use and farm productivity. The results showed that ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Changing the face of poultry farming across China - Case Study

    Supporting the modernisation of China's agriculture Anhui, China China is the largest egg producer in the world, amounting to over 35% of global production. Cargill has devised a world class strategy to modernise agriculture and food safety in China. Background China’s poultry industry has grown at an average annual rate of 8.8% ...

  • Pragmatic farm composters forge new path to resource recovery

    AG CHOICE is an on-farm composting operation located in the scenic countryside of Andover, New Jersey. On the drive to tour their site, it was astounding just how much of New Jersey, our most densely populated state, is still rural. Jay and Jill Fischer operate the two-year-old facility, which is one of a kind in New Jersey. Jay also owns and operates a sawmill in the area, and it was while ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Compost Users Forum : Compost Research On Wisconsin Organic Farm

     Cocomposting at Pearl Harbor PETROLEUM HYDROCARBON LEVELS “One unique local characteristic (and treatment difficulty) we encountered in our composting program,” says Stan Konno, PWC environmental department director head, “is the high level of diesel range total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) content in the sludge from the WWTF at Fort Kamehameha.” Oil from past leaks in pipelines ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Climate, vulnerability and farming: a preliminary study among Australian food growers

    The present study examines climate change, vulnerability to climate, and other environmental challenges from the perspective of 80 horticulture operators from different Australian states. Vulnerability in the form of storms and droughts are respondents’ main environmental concerns; in some cases, the impact of wildlife displacement is affecting their production outputs. In addition, substantial ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Tech-based farming advice should stay people-centred

    Video advice can help farmers — if it's local and backed by strong partnerships, says Digital Green's Rikin Gandhi. Gauravva Channappa Morabad is a hardworking woman living in Kamplikoppa village, in the Dharwad district of India's Karnataka state. She is part of a women's self-help group called Shri Kariyamma Devi. Morabad attended all 50 meetings the group held to screen ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Compostable Products And Postconsumer Food Scraps

    “Death of Composting” read the title of a blog posted in June by Ayr Muir, founder and CEO of Clover Food Lab, a restaurant group in Boston, Massachusetts. Startling, to say the least, and certainly compelling to read. Muir’s blog described how Clover Food Lab, a Boston restaurant company, moved to 100 percent compostable products in 2010: “I’d spent 18 months trying ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Things Should be Noticed during Operating Rice Transplanter

    Start the engine in the following orders: check whether there is full of oil in the engine; open the oil circuit and then open the throttle; check the whether the clutch is separate and the gear shift level is in the neutral position; start the engine. Before planting the rice seedlings, a test should be made to check whether the machine can transplanter the rice according ...


    By Amisy Farming Machinery

  • Use of Aquaclean in freshwater shrimp production

    The increase in popularity of freshwater shrimp (Macrobrachium Rosenbergii) production has prompted researchers to develop better and more efficient production methods. The current production methods are sufficient to justify the growing of freshwater shrimp, however, to stay competitive long term in the market place, producers will have to increase yields and reduce costs. Current niche markets ...


    By BluePlanet Labs

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